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 Post subject: First stab at a knife rehandle
PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:20 am 

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So as a few of you might remember I did an ice cream scoop rehandle about a month back. I haven't really had the time to haul out the shop tools and bust out another handle until this weekend.

I'm learning more and more as I go, for example the thing I learned most was that my band saw is a PIECE OF CRAP.

The first handle I tried this weekend went very well but the size is more for a pairing knife.... I don't own a pairing knife with a wa handle so unfortunately I can't make use of it just yet.

Here is a picture of the first handle: Image

It's an ancient bog oak carbon dated at 3400 yrs old in the core with elder burl on the outside. The burl has some pink in it and really sets the handle apart from others I've seen. I really like how this one turned out and can't wait to put it on a knife.

Second handle: Image

The next handle I tried was out of frustration to be blatantly honest. I was a little upset at the fact the other handle ^^^ was too small to fit the 240 gyuto I intended it for. However this handle came out awesome. It's bubinga with a elder burl ferrule.

One thing I found really odd was the tang on the knife, I know it's a factory made punched blade but it must have been made for both western and wa handles.
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So how do you think I did? My next handle will be olive wood body with the 3400 yr old bog oak ferrule. Looking to also rehandle a western handle that is over 30 years old and in need of some TLC.


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 Post subject: Re: First stab at a knife rehandle
PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:26 am 

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Niiiiice!


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 Post subject: Re: First stab at a knife rehandle
PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:27 am 

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looking good!


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 Post subject: Re: First stab at a knife rehandle
PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:50 am 
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Not bad for a Lunatic.



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 Post subject: Re: First stab at a knife rehandle
PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:00 am 

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Jeff B wrote:Not bad for a Lunatic.


I believe that's your go to comment on any of my threads xD


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 Post subject: Re: First stab at a knife rehandle
PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:04 am 
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It's not my fault your a Lunatic! :D



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 Post subject: Re: First stab at a knife rehandle
PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:10 am 
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Very nice!


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 Post subject: Re: First stab at a knife rehandle
PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:15 am 
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Nice job Lunatic!
I want to make knife handles as a hobby after I retire (not too long from now)
Looking at your work gives me hope.
I inspect woodworking shops as one of my job duties. I have asked some of the operators about the tools I will need to make knife handles.
Well the band saw is a must have. He told me to get a Northfield, indestructible, and it will do exactly what you need it to.
Even used they are expensive, so as a hobbyist, maybe just do some research and buy the best one you can afford.


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 Post subject: Re: First stab at a knife rehandle
PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:50 am 

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phillysco wrote:Nice job Lunatic!
I want to make knife handles as a hobby after I retire (not too long from now)
Looking at your work gives me hope.
I inspect woodworking shops as one of my job duties. I have asked some of the operators about the tools I will need to make knife handles.
Well the band saw is a must have. He told me to get a Northfield, indestructible, and it will do exactly what you need it to.
Even used they are expensive, so as a hobbyist, maybe just do some research and buy the best one you can afford.



You get what you pay for that's for sure. mine tracks to the left a lot, it's a huge pain. From now on I'm going to use the one at my school as it steers straight and true.

It's really quite rewarding and the speciality wood is beautiful. I suggest doing some research first though. Some wood is not optimal to work with. Apple I have found is a PITA to work with.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:57 am 
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Apple wood goes in the smoker with the pork shoulder that you trimmed up with your favorite knife! :mrgreen:



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