WIP: Scrap leather inspired knife build

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  1. vincere

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    I was in my shop/den working on some projects the other day and looked down and saw a piece of scrap leather that had a “knife” shape to it.

    For some reason the shape stuck out to me as a cool looking little blade. It’s the top piece


    Got it cut out today....I’m in an apartment so I have some power tools but no metal band saw so hacksaw it was

    This is slightly less than 3/16 in o1



    Got the blank roughed out for now. I will smooth it out on the belt sander on the balcony


    Here it is for now!

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    Looks like a Sweet start. Prov 27:17
     
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    Here is where it stands now after a bit of file work.

    Little bit more clean up before the the jig comes out for the bevel.

    I’ve gone back to liking most of my work done by hand lately. It makes me feel a bit more connected after the hand cramps and sore forearms from cutting this out


    I’ll trim the end of the handle and decide where the edge will start


    Hoping to do some stag handles on this one.

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    Here is where I am at currently. Pin and lanyard holes drilled and am starting to hollow the handle out so I can try and taper the tang


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    Started to get the tang tapered and squared away

    Got one side almost finished. Just need to make sure it’s flat and square

    You can kind of see the taper on the one side

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    Got got done today on the blad.

    Both sides are tapered, but uneven. I’m not sure how to square it up since how I tapered I thought would work. I checked during the filing and was on my guide lines but clearly I was off.

    Any advice on how to square up the tang? Worst case if I can’t square, I’ll fill with epoxy and copper shavings

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    Figured out what I need to do. After playing around with the wood on the tang I’d say almost all is flat(ish) minus a few spots.

    I’ll need to bring the taper a bit higher up to even out the drop angle and should be good to go
     
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    Finally got back to it. Got the tang about as square as I can without taking off too much material.

    There’s still some gaps, but I should be able to work with it. Learning experience

    Got some work done on the initial grind. Swedge done first, and now working one side.

    Lots of work to go
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    All of your hard work and attention to detail is going to pay off.
    Looking good!
     
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    Here’s where I got to today. Was able to get the grinding done for the most part.

    Mainly now just have to refine the lines and start my hand sanding.

    There’s still some uneven ness on the tang but it should be good to go

    Still has a balance point around the top pin hole.

    Thinking some stag/elk for this one


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    Here’s a picture of the taper. Pretty happy with how it turned out for my first attempt

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    Forged, and with tapered tang? Ambitious. Looking good though. What is the blade thickness and blade height? That looks awfully thick for the height of your bevel.
     
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    Only stock removal with tapered tang. It’s 5/32 with a blade only a bit less than 1.5” so fairly small of a blade

    Still feels a bit thick so I’ll probably bring the grind up a bit more

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    Finally got around to getting some progress on this one.

    Heat treat is done. The guy who did it for me said it wouldn’t harden correctly so it’s kind of soft but o well. Whatcha gon do

    Now, I need some opinions on handle material.

    I wanted to do stag, but finding slabs this large may be tricky. Could get lucky. Thought about doing the resin stag slabs but not sure since I’ve never worked with those.

    I’ve got a tote full of different woods from my grandpas shop. Not sure what all I have but will get some options up.

    Could do my go to hemp wrap, but might want something different.

    What’s all your opinions?

    Wood
    Antler/bone/horn/resin stag
    Hemp
    G10

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    Greetings,

    I vote for Antler/bone/horn/resin stag and if not possible, then wood of some type.

    Regards,

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    Looking great so far!

    If you can't find the bone you want and are looking for wood to use, I have a nice selection.
     
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    You the man! I’m gonna go through my stock and see what I have. I have a lot of rounds and blocks since my grandpa was a lathe guy but found this piece here. A bit think but workable. No idea what it is.

    I think I’ll stick with the scrap theme since it’s what inspired the build in the first place

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    But let me know what scraps you have. I’ll trade ya if ya got something good!

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    That looks like mahogany or walnut, if you took an extreme close up of the end grain I'd be able to tell you which.

    I have; maple, cherry, spalted oak, white oak, mahogany, teak and a few more.
     
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    Here is the end grain. I think I’m gonna use this one. I think the grin will pop on this one once I get to shaping the handle


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    Looks like walnut to me!

    That will be a great handle.
     
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    I'd agree on walnut.
     
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    Got the scales roughed out on the sander. The sander I have sucks but gets the job done for the most part on the rough work. I’ll do the rest by hand probably

    As you can see. They. Are. Thick. So I’ve got my work cut out for me

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    I just have to say... I really like the shape/style of this knife. Looks like a comfortable shape, useful angles, great grind lines, just an overall cool build.
     
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    Thank you. I look for shapes for blades all over the place, plant leaves, apparently scrap leather like for this one and other weird places


    The taper makes it feel very light in the hand. It’s definitely more of a utility blade given the size, and lack of hardness but who knows maybe it’ll baton too!


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    Squaring up the scales


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    Got the scales cut down with my hand saw. Works surprisingly well. Also used it as a “draw file” and let the teeth shave off the wood. Worked awesome for helping me square everything up as best I could.

    Since I did the tapered tang by hand, it is not entirely square. So it poses the question, will 2 part epoxy work well for this? Or should I use some jb weld since it has a thicker consistency, and won’t leak as much when the epoxy dries

    I’ll fill the gaps between then blade and handle with super glue and copper shavings.

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    Got some more time in today. I must say the 1min epoxy is super tricky to work with. Bought on accident. Worked out I suppose, but about glued myself to everything I was touching....

    Got the primary shape done on the handle. Just got to even out a few spots on sand a lot more. Got excited and wanted to see what oil will look like so I peeked and threw some blo on

    I’m liking it so far. Sorry for the bad pics. The lighting in my apartment is less then mediocre


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    One more for good luck


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    Very nice executed
     
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    Thank you! It’s been a fun one for sure
     
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    Here is a pic of almost done. You can see the taper a bit better now.

    Got a bit more sanding and evening out on the handle and a few coats of oil left to do

    Then clean up the blade a bit...my file was a bit to flat when I was testing the edge hardness and it skated across the flat

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    Awesome ! Inspiration + Minimal tools + stick-to-it-ivness = success.
    Porsche version of an Otzi.....modern. Cool.
     
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    Sorry double tap.
     
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    Greetings,

    Nice work! :35::35::35:

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    That’s a great idea. I think I’ll be doing one of these tapered tangs in the future and will definitely use this idea.
     
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    I thought it was a cool idea too.
    I look forward to your future knife builds.
     
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    They seem to sneak into lots of pictures I take...
     
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