Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Straight Razors

I've started playing with making straight razors. Below are what I've come up with so far. They are much different than hunting or kitchen knives.

Above is a cheap razor that I reground the blade on and made a new one-piece handle for out of Lignum vitae. I don't think that it is ever one that I would try shaving with, but it was a good learning experience.

The above two pictures are the before-and-after of a razor that I picked up for $15 at an antique store. My guess is that it is about 100 years old. I re-ground the blade since it had a chip in it. Then I made a new cocobolo handle for it. This one needs honed yet, but I think it may be a good usable razor for another 100 years.

This is a "shavette". Basically it is a straight razor that takes replaceable blades. This one uses standard safety razor blades. I polished the metal parts up and made a new handle for it. The handle is one piece of Cocobolo. This one I have actually used. It does a pretty good job.

It has been really fun with these to peen my own rivets using brass rod and a ball peen hammer.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Brass Letter Opener

This is a letter opener that I made as a gift for my uncle in England. He collects "paper knives" as he calls them. It is ground from 1/8" thick brass. The handle material is domestic sheep horn. It was a gift from a neighbor.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Paring Knife

This knife I just finished today and is a gift for my Dad. Hopefully he doesn't see this post before Christmas. It is a small and simple, but rugged design. The blade is 1/16 inch thick D2 with a full tang Canvas Micarta handle. The rivets are all stainless steel Loveless style. This is about the most practical style of construction that I can think of. It really doesn't even need epoxy, but I used it anyways. He said that he was tired of having to sharpen the pairing knives at home all the time and wanted one that would hold a better edge. D2 should fit the bill. I have been very impressed with it's ability to hold an edge. Even though it technically isn't "stainless steel" (Most people consider steel to have at least 13% Chrome in order to be called stainless and D2 has 12%), I have never had issues with it rusting or corroding.

Hunting Knife

This is the second knife that I have made in this style. I was lucky enough to try out the first one on a deer this year. It worked very well and is the best "overall" hunting knife shape and size that I have yet to come across. The D2 blade is 1/8 inch thick and about 4 inches long to the bottom of the finger guard. The overall length is 7.75 inches. Black paper based Micarta has a nice shine to it and set a striking backdrop for the stainless and brass Loveless style fasteners.

Here is another "kit" fillet knife that I made recently. A friend of mine bought it as a Christmas gift to himself. The blade is 1/16 inch thick by 5.5 inches long. The overall length is 10.25 inches. It is made from AUS 8A Stainless Steel. This is a Japanese steel with vanadium and chromium. This makes for a flexible blade that is easy to sharpen while still offering good edge holding capabilities. Many of my friends use this blade for more than fish. It has seen service with rabbits, ducks, deer and even elk. One of them has a home in my kitchen as well. The handle is Diamond wood which is a brand of plastic impregnated and laminated wood. It polishes to a nice shine and is waterproof. The fasteners are brass and stainless steel.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Youth Skinning Knife

This little skinning knife is made from 1/8 inch thick D2 and Padauk wood. The fasteners are Loveless style. Even though the handle is "youth size", it is still quite comfortable to my hands. I just finished it today.

Monday, October 28, 2013

New Skinning Knife

This was designed for a friend to give to his daughter on her birthday. I really like the way it turned out. In my opinion it is better than the "Old Timer Sharp Finger" knives that have been so popular for me. This style is definitely going into my favorites list. The wood was donated by a mutual friend who is a cabinet and musical instrument maker. It is a type of Rosewood that is commonly used in custom guitars. I wish I could remember what it was called. It works and finishes well. The blade is 1/8 inch D2 with Loveless style fasteners.