Pier 9 Starter Project
Make your own Knife handle
As some of you have seen, shop staff here at Pier 9's Workshop have dived deep into the exciting art of making Knives, particularly beautiful Knife handles. We have made Kitchen Blades, Hunting Knives, Fishing Knives, Retractable blades and rumor has it a mystical samurai dagger is in the works. Please remember it is important to follow all Shop rules and to treat shop staff in a respectful way.
This Instructable will detail all the steps you need to follow to make your very own custom knife.
Basic Metal Shop (For metal Pins)
Paint Booth for Epoxy.
Wood shop Sanders, Wood Band Saw, Metal Band Saw, Metal Sanders, Scribe, Files, Drill Press, Clamps.
Scales (Material for handle; wood, plastic, stabalized corn cob, mammoth tusk, stone ect.)
Sand Paper (200-600)
Pins (Mosaic, Solid, or Rivits)
Color spacers (Small spacers that add a line of color between your wood and metal Knife handle.)
Good websites to purchase materials:
Make sure to get the correct size pin for the Knife blade you chose.
Step 1: Preparing Materials and Cutting handle material to size.
Step 1: Preparing Materials
Once you have received your materials lay them out on a clean surface. Unsheathe your blade and cover the sharp section of the blade in Masking tape. This will protect you from cutting yourself and protect the blade from getting scratched.
Prepare your Handle Scales and cut them down to a square with .5-1 inch of extra material around the blade handle. Using a Pencil trace the edge of the blade handle onto your Handle Scales.
Step 1.5: Cutting Handle Material to size
Next, use the Vertical Band saw to cut out the shape of your handle. Make sure to leave an eight of an inch of extra room so you don't cut away too much material. That will be done on the sanders.