I was so lucky as to get a knifeblade stuffed into my hands and was told "go make a handle for it, you'll need it in your later education".
So I began, and here is the result of this process: an instructable :) (and a functionally knife, but that's another story)
First a great thanks for my teacher, I went right into the most advanced design I could, and he supported me the whole way. If not for his unfeeling remarks I would have given up.
Now, for this design you'll need:
- a knifeblade
- paper and pencil
- a lump of a hard type of wood, bigger than the desired handlesize
- a horn, preferably buffalo
- a saw
- a sawblade for a compass saw
- a drill, if possible a drill press
- a rough file
- sandpaper in different grains
- two-component epoxy glue
- linseed oil
Please read the instructable through, before beginning on the projekt.
I am in no way reliable for any accidents happening while following these instructions. Some of the tools are dangerous, please mind your fingers and eyes.
Do not misuse the knife for any violent or criminal activity.
Step 1: Initial design
Before I chose the wood for the knifehandle I outlined the knifeblade on some paper. Then I began drawing the initial design for the knife I wished to end up with.
Play around with it a little, it will probably not end up exactly as planned, but then you have an idea as to what your goal is.
When pleased with the design, find the materials needed.
Tip: If in doubt on how the handle would fit in your hand, take some playdough and make a roll. Then take it in your hand an squeeze as if you held a knife, the size of the squeezed playdough shows the size your hand is most comfortable with.