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  • Two more knives I made.

    Here are two more knives I've made recently. It's addicting and so much more satisfying than buying one. Plus you can custom make it just for yourself. I experimented with a fatter handle. They are around an inch at the butt end and taper down to about 3/4" where the handle meets the blade. Blades are made from Persona scraper blades. Tomz Knife Massager makes quick work to get them carving sharp. The darker handle is apitong...not sure what the inner wood is. The lighter colored one is made from a hickory flooring sample.....I'm not sure what the darker wood on the outside is. I bought some hardwood scraps out of the bargain bin at Rockler, and am not sure of the species.
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    Anders.

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    Those really did turn out well, I hope that they are as much a pleasure to carve with as they are to look at. I can "feel" those.

    Gregg and Charlie at Kestrel Tool say that knife handle size is similar to that for tennis racquets.
    Palm up, fist grip, you second and third fingers should be just touching the fat ball part of your thumb.
    OK. sure, fine, I'll try that.

    I have big hands and long fingers for a knife handle blank size of 7/8" x 7/8".
    The range for me is from 1" to 3/4". I didn't think it would matter much but I sure notice the differences. I even thinned my adze handles to 7/8" for comfort.
    Brian T

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    • #3
      Anders, your knife making sounds very similar to mine, I use a Dremel cut-off disk to give me the rough shape I'm wanting, then I also bought a 250-260 grid disk from Tom, This helps with the final shaping & getting the edge started.

      Good looking knives, I know the feeling that your own knives make you feel
      Last edited by Claude; 02-27-2021, 04:34 PM. Reason: typo
      . . .JoeB

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      • #4
        Anders, those are absolutly fantastic, very well made and a fantastic job.
        Mark N. Akers
        My Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/KarolinaKarver

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        • #5
          Anders,

          Those are some good looking handles, rounded enough to be comfortable flat enough to be well indexed.
          Ed
          https://www.etsy.com/shop/HiddenInWood https://www.facebook.com/CentralNebraskaWoodCarvers

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          • #6
            Wow, Anders, Very impressive. The two tone woods look awesome.
            If I took the time to fix all my mistakes, I wouldn,t have time to make new ones.

            www.spokanecarvers.com

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            • #7
              Well done. Those will serve you well.
              We live in the land of the free because of the brave!

              https://www.pinterest.com/carvingbarn0363/

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              • #8
                Well done on the knives!

                Claude
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                • #9
                  They look awesome! Well done!

                  Dave

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                  • #10
                    Thank you everyone! They carve very well. I really appreciate the comments.
                    Anders.

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                    • #11
                      Great looking handles, Anders, and sure nicely done and attractive. Beautiful!
                      Bill
                      Living among knives and fire.

                      http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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                      • #12
                        Anders,

                        The knives look very good and I would like to try to make a few as I am finding a lot of suppliers are way behind on knife orders. I would also like to experiment with handle sizes and shapes.

                        I am curious about the process you use to make these Do you shape the scraper blades, keeping them cool to not damage the hardness/temper or do you shape them and redo the heat treatment and temper? Thanks in advance.

                        Tim

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                        • #13
                          Tim: handle size. I'll give you a starting point. You use cheap soft wood to carve quickie prototypes.
                          The "Kestrel Constant" says: palm up, fist grip, the tips of your second and third fingers should just touch the fat ball part of your thumb. That's what to look for as you slim down a fat handle blank. Same as selecting grip size for a tennis raquet.

                          This size means you do not ever need a DEATH GRIP on oversize or a day-long pinch like a pencil for carving. You will know when you get it right.

                          For me, I need a starting handle blank size of 7/8" x 7/8" and round that off but not completely.
                          This turns out to be the same for knives and for adzes and spoke shaves and draw knife handles.
                          My range is 3/4" x 3/4" up to 1"x1". Any more or less is uncomfortable.
                          Brian T

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by PittsburghTim View Post
                            Anders,

                            The knives look very good and I would like to try to make a few as I am finding a lot of suppliers are way behind on knife orders. I would also like to experiment with handle sizes and shapes.

                            I am curious about the process you use to make these Do you shape the scraper blades, keeping them cool to not damage the hardness/temper or do you shape them and redo the heat treatment and temper? Thanks in advance.

                            Tim
                            Hi Tim,

                            I cut the blades using a dremel cut off wheel. Go slow and make several passes. Don't try to cut all at once. No need to re temper it. You can buy a pack of 5 8 inch long Persona scraper blades at home depot for about 7 bucks. It is pretty fun and easy to do.

                            Thanks.
                            Anders.

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                            • #15
                              Same here = Dremel and cutoff wheels. I've built up a dozen+ good crooked knives from farrier's hoof trimming knives, both new and used. Bash off the factory handles and carve my own, haft the blades change the bevels and have fun.
                              Brian T

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