Introduction: Edible Knife Handle

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Before we get started, let me just say that this knife handle is edible, it is made out of carmelized honey that hardens when it is cooled.

I wanted to make a knife and tool

This knife had four survival components

-A knife with a tang

-A hardened honey handle that you could eat if you were starving

-Matches, fishing wire, water purification tablets, and a fishhook that are incased in straws in the honey handle

-Two meters of paracord for many uses in survival situations

*Bonus* -This knife is also perfectly comfortable, it fits in my hand perfectly.

Step 1: Tang Your Blade

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first we must find a knife that has a tang on it. My chosen blade was from a broken pocket knife, and it didn't have a tang.

I used a piece of stout wire and put it through the whole and twisted it to before welding it. I left a loop at the back of the tang so i could drill a hole for the paracord to go through in the end. Twisting the wire will help the honey from coming off

I do not have a welder, so my shop teacher kindly welded the spot for me. you could also use solder, but it will not be as strong. if you do use solder, then use lead free solder because the honey will come in direct contact with this part.

Step 2: Honey Straws

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On these honey straws, the honey will be on the outside.

Seal the ends of some straws with pliers and a flame, then put whatever you want that will fit in the straws. Seal the other end the same way and you now have a set of sealed packages to put into your knife.

I used matches, a straightened fishhook that can be bent later, water purification tablets, and some fishing wire. Some other ideas for things to put in the straws are thread and needle, Asprin, or any pills for personal allergies or diseases.

Step 3: Preparing Your Honey

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The amount of honey in the first picture is WAY too much, it bubbled over a lot and I had to clean up a lot.

Use the amount of honey that you think will fit around your tang to make the handle, then add a little bit more. If you use a bigger pot, then you could use a larger amount. Heat this honey up until it bubbles profusely and begins to turn a deep red amber. The color you are looking for is a bit lighter then the last picture. Do this slowly because it goes fast.

Do not make too little because you can not easily add new honey to what you have already caramelized.

Step 4: Dipping Like a Candle

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In this step you will dip the tang of the knife into the honey and/or pour it over it with a spoon. After one coat we must let it cool before another coat is added.

On the second coat, right when the honey is put on the tang, add the straws with your survival amenities in them around the honey. let this cool a bit while spinning it slowly to prevent drips.

Keep adding coats until the handle is just smaller then the size that you want by about two coats. While this coat is cooling you must form it to the shape of your hand. Just squeeze the handle lightly while the honey is still warm

Next you must boil the last bit of honey until it is almost black. Then dip your handle one more time in this black honey. This last coat will give the outside shell a hard glass-like feel, while also being more resistant to dissolving in water. Again form it to your hand lightly while it is cooling. (see last two pictures)

Step 5: Making It Fit

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If you are anything like me, you will have bumps and low spots all over the handle due two having to spread on the last coat rather then dipping it. All is not lost, you can easily grind down the high spots with a rasp to make it fit your hands better. Another useful thing is to slowly heat the handle so you can reshape the handle with your hand.

I used a mix of warming-n-shaping, and filing with a wood rasp.

After you are happy with the handle's shape, you can flame polish the honey to get a nice smooth finish. Just hold the flame to the honey for a second and remove. You can also do this with a stove top or a heat gun

Step 6: Wrap the Handle

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This step should get rid of the stickiness and any small imperfections in the handle by giving you a soft layer of fabric.

Before wrapping, you can drill a hole through the honey and your tang, if it has a hole already. Drilling through metal at this point would melt most of the honey and ruin the handle. This is why I left a hole in the back

Paracord is so thick that it would have made my handle too bulky, so I used gutless paracord instead. This is simple, just pull out the white centers of the cord.

Next, you just melt one end of the paracord to the blade side of the handle and wrap tightly and smoothly to the hilt side of the knife. end by going through your hole to leave a bracelet cord or lanyard then coiling the cord to the end of the knife and melting the honey a bit on the back to make the paracord stay in place.

You can melt the honey just a tiny bit with a flame if you want the paracord to stick in that place without moving.

Step 7: Now Go Use It

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You should be proud of the knife/survival tool that you just created.

now go play with it and enjoy having so many useful items right in your hand.

I hope you liked this project, because I sure did.

Please comment below with any ideas, thoughts, or criticism.

Also go vote for me in the Apocalypse Preparedness Contest if you liked it.


ashleyjlong (author)2015-04-08

Very unique idea! I agree with the person who mentioned insects though. You could have an army of ants in your pocket before you know it! I wonder if coating the caramelized honey in a powder like cornstarch might help contain the sweet aroma that would attract them(?)

Corinbw (author)ashleyjlong2015-05-04

you could just dip the handle in melted wax before you wrap it in paracord. This would keep the sweet aroma in and keep the water out.

Corinbw (author)ashleyjlong2015-04-08

Thank you for the comment and the idea. I may do some tests by some ant hills with regular honey, lightly carmelized honey, very caramelized honey, and honey covered in cornstarch. And I will watch to see which one attracts the most ants

I am very curious to see the results. The outer layer of honey is black and burnt so as to be a more resistant shell it does not smell as sweet as honey and it has a bitter taste so I wonder if insects would still be attracted to it. Thanks for the awesome comment.

ashleyjlong (author)Corinbw2015-04-09

Looking forward to any updates on the experiments. I really do think this could be a valuable tool for survival as long as critters don't steal the honey meant for the person! I'm hypoglycemic, so if I were stranded in the woods all day access to something like honey would help keep my blood sugar in a good place.

r0b0t14 (author)2015-06-09

enter it to the outdoors contest

Camdenjw (author)2015-04-22

I love it it is awsome!

Thevanpack (author)2015-04-15

Is that a Frost Cutlery blade? You do know that on the knife spectrum thats lower than using a rock...right.

Corinbw (author)Thevanpack2015-04-16

I have never seen a knife spectrum, you may be talking about the Rockwell hardness scale? Most Frost Cutlery has a rating of 56-58 HRC which is below the 58-62 HRC area of most hardened steesl, but it is still a useful knife. There are a lot of types of rocks in the world, which one are you referring to?

The instructable is to show the concept of how to make a handle. In an apocalypse you may not have a perfectly hard knife just laying around.

Thanks for commenting!!!

Thevanpack (author)Corinbw2015-04-17

You would have a good knife if you kept one on you... Also who says you'll even have time to make this in an apocalypse letting the honey dry... that would take to long. Anyways though I like the concept of turning a folder into a fixed blade

Corinbw (author)Thevanpack2015-04-17

each layer of honey cools in less then five minutes. A bit longer for the outer layers.

Omni DIY (author)2015-04-16

Really interesting! I'll have to try this someday.

Corinbw (author)Omni DIY2015-04-16

thanks and yeah you should make it. It's fun

SugarCluster (author)2015-04-10

Maybe a layer of plastic wrap and tinfoil (plus food-safe wax) can help with waterproofing and bug-proofing the honey handle.
You know, water plus rope plus any foodstuff is not a good combination, so it may be a good idea to isolate both.

Corinbw (author)SugarCluster2015-04-10

I agree. I was thinking of using shrink wrap something to form it around the honey. Thanks for the ideas and the comment

firefightermeyer (author)2015-04-09

Very unique

CorgiCritter (author)2015-04-08

Interesting, but wouldn't wire tang be really flimsy?

Corinbw (author)CorgiCritter2015-04-08

the wire was 6 gauge so 4mm or about 5/32 inch. It was doubled then twisted so It would be more flimsy then a factory knife, but still usable. I tried to bend it, but it hardly gave at all after it was twisted.

Thanks for asking.

CorgiCritter (author)Corinbw2015-04-09

OK. It is a pretty cool idea.

Milz2000 (author)2015-04-08

Does the honey ever spoil

frofro (author)Milz20002015-04-08

honey never spoils

Corinbw (author)Milz20002015-04-08

honey has an incredibly long shelf life, many centuries in the extreme. So the answer is no. Unless you want to get technical.

Thanks for asking!

Megmonkey2002 (author)2015-04-07

Good idea maybe if you put a wrap of some sort like a bad or foil of some sort it would allow the user to have a bag and foil at hand if needed and it would help keep bugs from wanting the honey

Corinbw (author)Megmonkey20022015-04-07

thank you for the great idea, I love to get kind instructive comments. Maybe I will try that next time

howard36 (author)2015-04-07

??? Why a honey knife handle? I wouldn't think it would hold up to hard use. Not to mention the insects would just love it. Very creative but what purpose?

Corinbw (author)howard362015-04-07

I did not think about insects, so thank you for bringing that up.

I just wanted to make a knife that had many uses that would help you survive. The purpose of the honey was so that you could eat it in a survival situation. Honey is nutrient and energy rich, and can give you the boost you need to make it to safety. You can rewrap the tang of the knife with the paracord after the honey is gone, and you could put something inside the wrap to keep it with you and to add some bulk to your handle.

Marvellous me (author)2015-04-07

Definitely need to do this, and feeling this knife firsthand, I can tell you it is easily the most comfortable knife ever. And it wasn't even made to fit my hand.

skepticaljay (author)2015-04-07

Great job. I think this idea could be incorporated into other camping/survival objects as well. Thank you for the idea.

Łukasz (author)2015-04-07

I like it,

Jake_Makes (author)2015-04-07

What is the purpose of doing the handle out of honey? Just wondering....

Conor M (author)2015-04-07

No because you would let the knife cool before doing that

tinker bot (author)2015-04-06

Very creative! However, wouldn't the heat created by welding the blade soften it?

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