The wooden handle started to rot awhile ago (left in the kitchen sink too many times), so it was time to make a new handle.
I used a leftover piece of laminated pine board about 1.5 cm (7/16") thick for the handle.
Pretty well any wood that is not too soft or porous could be used (or deer antler for example).
(Click on the [i] at the top left of photos to see an enlarged version.)
- One piece of 4 x 10 x 1.5 cm laminated pine
- Approximately 3 mm thick copper wire (possibly 9 gauge, not certain)
- Hammer (with a rounded head, ball peen is best)
- Small anvil (or a solid metal surface)
- Handsaw (for wood)
- Hacksaw (for metal rivets)
- Electric hand drill
- Countersink bit
Step 1: Remove the old handle and rivets
I removed the pack tape and the rotten wood. As you can see in the second photo, there are four metal rivets.
Two of the rivets are female (hollow), and the other two (male) are inserted into them from the opposite side.
I cut off the rivets with a hacksaw (this can be tricky so be careful*). If you're lucky, the rivets may pull apart, so try that first.
*Note: Throughout the entire process I handled the knife with the blade taped up to prevent any accidents.