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Artifex with Sycamore Burl handle

Mon May 28, 2012 4:42 pm

Well, after a busy week and lots of OT, I finally had a chance to play with the Artifex a bit! Did some sharpening with it, took a very nice edge! Cutting was no problem, even through onions. So I decided it was time for new shoes for it :)

I use Stabilized Sycamore Burl wood and red liners. The JB Quik Weld started to set up on me, so I didn't get the scales clamped as tightly as I wanted, so there is a bit of a glue line showing. I may end up redoing it later in the same materials, but with a slower setting epoxy. This is my home knife, so it doesn't bother me!

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Re: Artifex with Sycamore Burl handle

Tue May 29, 2012 12:23 am

Wow Wow Wow! I can't believe how good that looks!

Re: Artifex with Sycamore Burl handle

Tue May 29, 2012 12:49 am

I wish I had more time for the knife hobby! I love projects like these that reap such a reward. That wood is beautiful. It is amazing what the handle does to the overall appearance of a knife.

Re: Artifex with Sycamore Burl handle

Tue May 29, 2012 2:59 am

Thanks! I curved the front of the handle a bit more and brought it back from the edge a tad. The Sycamore has some nice contrast to the layers in it; some are really dark brown, others are very pale brown, but it's hard to get a good pic of it sometimes.

Re: Artifex with Sycamore Burl handle

Tue May 29, 2012 7:43 am

Oh yeah, the handles are just riveted on! No chisel needed! The tang was much cleaner than on other Western style knives that I have rehandled and the tang was polished a bit farther back than where the original handle scale ended, so I could make my handle slightly shorter.

Next one may be getting some blue Box Elder burl :)

Re: Artifex with Sycamore Burl handle

Tue May 29, 2012 2:49 pm

Sweet - very unique grain.

:)

Re: Artifex with Sycamore Burl handle

Tue May 29, 2012 11:42 pm

Any interest in doing a couple handle jobs for me?

Re: Artifex with Sycamore Burl handle

Tue May 29, 2012 11:52 pm

Sycamore's one of my favorites. I want to rehandle my petty in it......

Gorgeous, thanks for showing us that, great drool factor.......

Re: Artifex with Sycamore Burl handle

Wed May 30, 2012 3:09 am

This was my first time using the Sycamore, I'm glad I have a big block and the rest of this piece left, I should have another 2 or 3 handles left with what I have left over! I was hoping that the contrast would still show after polishing!

Mark, shoot me a PM with what you are looking for!

Re: Artifex with Sycamore Burl handle

Wed May 30, 2012 3:54 am

love the subtle tweak to the shape!
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