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    I modified an old fish knife into a carving knife months ago. A couple of days ago remembered I saved the the portion of the blade I cut off of the fish knife and decided to see if I could make a carving knife. The blade is upswept near the tip and is 1 3/4" long. The handle is made of Apitong. I saved a couple of thin scrape pieces from a boat yard about 15 years ago ( I knew I'd find a use for it eventually). Apitong is a very hard wood that is used for wear decks on commercial fish/crab boats. I cut the shape of the handle out on the band saw, then whittled the shape with a utility knife, then sanded it, then sharpened. No finish. Cuts very well. This was a quick fun project.....and I got a new knife out of it! I got enough Apitong left to make another handle, now I gotta find a blade.
    Anders.
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/BlackBladesNW

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    Anders.
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/BlackBladesNW

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    • #3
      How satisfying. The design looks really good.
      Brian T

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Brian T View Post
        How satisfying. The design looks really good.
        Thanks. It's a Gerald Sears style of handle. I thought it looked like something that would suite my hand, so I thought I'd give it a try.
        Anders.
        https://www.etsy.com/shop/BlackBladesNW

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        • #5
          Very nice Anders, looks great.
          Mark N. Akers
          My Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/KarolinaKarver

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          • #6
            I never heard of such a wood, but I sure do like it. You have done an excellent job on making your knife. I have never used a knife with the turned up edge, I may have to give it a try. Just a tip on a way I have finished my handles, I use rouge on a buffing wheel and with no finish, it will put a really great shine on the wood. I have used several varieties of wood and so far, they have all polished great. It looks like you have become a "knife maker" and a good one I might add!

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            • #7
              Anders,

              Nice job on the knife, always fun to work with something you made.

              Concerning your next project. Certainly some premium blades available out there. If you looking to make one on the cheap. I have made knives for new carvers using blades from Warren Cutlery. You’ll need to sharpen and polish but they hold an edge and are available in several different profiles.

              https://warrencutlery.com/
              Ed
              https://www.ebay.com/sch/bmart50/m.h...1&_ipg=&_from=
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              https://www.facebook.com/CentralNebraskaWoodCarvers

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              • #8
                Thank you Brian, Curly, Ed, and Mark. Mark I saw your knives on the Helvie website....they look nice. Thanks.
                Anders.
                https://www.etsy.com/shop/BlackBladesNW

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                • #9
                  I did the same thing with an old boning knife that I broke the tip off of. Have always been satisfied with it, which I' sure you'll be with your fine build.
                  . . .JoeB

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                  • #10
                    I, also, have made several knives by cutting down vintage fish fillet knives (following the great suggestion from Kevin Coates - only wish I could carve as well as he does). I have also used the part of the blade I cut off to craft a number of different size blades and then made my own handles. These work very well and I find they hold an edge as well as some of the beautiful knives I have purchased from the experts. It is almost as much fun making these knives as it is carving! What a great hobby we share...

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                    • #11
                      Thanks Joe and Ranger.

                      Ranger- I got the idea from Kevin as well. The steel is very nice and holds a great edge.
                      Anders.
                      https://www.etsy.com/shop/BlackBladesNW

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