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Zhen handle

Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:00 pm

I cannot remember but I think this may have been my first J-knife :roll:, though I think it is manufactured in China (don't know). Not exactly an awesome knife but it has special meaning for me.

The knife is a Zhen paring knife, damascus clad, VG10 core. I purchased it locally from Woodcraft as a blank. I also purchased a turning blank of ebony and cut it into scale blanks on my table saw.

The bolster had a weird shape and my novice wood working skills could not get a tight fit so I mixed sawdust into the epoxy to fill the gap at the bolster. Rough shaping was done on the knife with a hand rasp and a 1x30 Harbor Freight belt sander. Final shaping and polishing was done by hand with a sandpaper progression up to ~600 grit.

The handle is a bit dry in the picture but it is kept with a either a bees wax/mineral oil paste or just mineral oil when I am in a hurry.

Frankly this was a "lets see if I can..." type project and toward the end, when it was functional I ran out of gumption and did not even try to polish out the scratches on the bolster. Over time I have become a bit apathetic because the steel is pretty crap but I won't get rid of it 'cause it's "mine".

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Re: Zhen handle

Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:17 pm

Looks great! I bet the knife will be a favorite for years because of the personal work you had to put in. Keep up the home made projects.
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