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  • Caterpillar Knife

    I've been getting a lot of questions lately about the caterpillar style handles on my woodcarving knives, and I thought that it would make for an interesting topic for a thread.

    I've been making these knives for over five years now and to my knowledge, no one else has "borrowed" the design. I've attached a few pics for reference so everyone can see what I'm talking about. All my handles have basically the same profile. What sets the caterpillar style apart are the characteristic lines - which I call comfort grooves - that wrap around the handle in stacked rings giving the knife the appearance of a caterpillar. Many folks ask if those grooves hurt your hands after extended carving use or impede the ability to carve. I've found that exactly the opposite is the case. They give a positive grip to help your hand feel the position of the knife better and they do not affect comfort at all. I've sold a lot of these knives and have had nothing but positive feedback from my clients, many of which frequent this forum. I have a couple over on The Old Stump blog if you want to drop in and see a few more examples.

    So, let's hear your thoughts, ask your questions, and, if you've used or own one, please share your experience.
    Brandant Robinson
    Woodcarving Blog - www.theoldstump.blogspot.com
    Custom Folding Knives - https://www.therobinsonedge.com/
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/brandant.robinson.1

  • #2
    They probably stimulate conversation with other carvers. Over time the grime of hand oils may collect in the grooves (but can be scrubbed out). They require a little more work on your part, but perhaps little discernible benefit to the user. But keep it up Brandant - we all like some uniqueness in the tools we have and use.

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    • #3
      Colors such as yellows and greens would have such an "insect" appeal.
      I can only imagine that the slightly flattened sides would give a better sense of blade orientation.
      Just might have to carve into a crooked knife handle and see how it feels.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Robson Valley View Post
        Just might have to carve into a crooked knife handle and see how it feels.
        Your carving forces are more perpendicular to the handle when using a crooked knife, so I think the grooves would be uncomfortable. But try it, RV, and let us know!

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        • #5
          I love the design...especially the first one I did wonderful how comfortable the grip would be. Sounds like your customer's are pleased which is important and keeps you creating these knives.

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          • #6
            Personally, I don't think handle shape or style matters at all when it comes to Brandants knives. I now have 3, they have become the only knives I use! Just an awesome awesome tool!!

            Dave

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            • #7
              Good thought, Pallin. Maybe in a fist-grip, it could fail. I shall do that and report.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Robson Valley View Post
                Colors such as yellows and greens would have such an "insect" appeal.
                I can only imagine that the slightly flattened sides would give a better sense of blade orientation.
                Just might have to carve into a crooked knife handle and see how it feels.
                I should make up a green and yellow laminate for a handle blank and put some eyes on it. They it would truly be a caterpillar . Let me know how the crooked knife works out.
                Brandant Robinson
                Woodcarving Blog - www.theoldstump.blogspot.com
                Custom Folding Knives - https://www.therobinsonedge.com/
                Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/brandant.robinson.1

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by pallin View Post
                  They probably stimulate conversation with other carvers. Over time the grime of hand oils may collect in the grooves (but can be scrubbed out). They require a little more work on your part, but perhaps little discernible benefit to the user. But keep it up Brandant - we all like some uniqueness in the tools we have and use.
                  I can see how grooves over time could catch grime, but a little soap and water should solve that. Thanks for the comment.
                  Brandant Robinson
                  Woodcarving Blog - www.theoldstump.blogspot.com
                  Custom Folding Knives - https://www.therobinsonedge.com/
                  Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/brandant.robinson.1

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Gulf Coast Handyman View Post
                    Personally, I don't think handle shape or style matters at all when it comes to Brandants knives. I now have 3, they have become the only knives I use! Just an awesome awesome tool!!

                    Dave
                    Thanks, Dave. You're kind to say so.
                    Brandant Robinson
                    Woodcarving Blog - www.theoldstump.blogspot.com
                    Custom Folding Knives - https://www.therobinsonedge.com/
                    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/brandant.robinson.1

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