In just a few weeks time I will be going fishing for tiger fish in the Zambezi river with my kids. A knife is needed. What better reason for starting a new knife project...?!
This instructable will show you how to make a knife of your own design using a very simple method - with the shaft of the handle mounted in a bed of leather.
Advantages of this method:
- no previous knife making experience needed
- less than a few hours build time
- no power tools or special tools needed
- possible to shape the handle according to your own design (something which full tang knife blades does not allow)
Step 1: Materials Needed
- a small piece of thick leather(2-3 mm thick or same thickness as the blade shaft)
-a piece of nice wood (approx 10 mm thick 30 mm wide and 300 mm long
-a knife blade with a thin shaft (not a "full tang blade") Remember to cover the edge with a strong tape to avoid cuts or more serious accidents!
(Pls disregard the white piece of micarta in the picture. I decided not to use it in order to keep the process as simple as possible)
Step 2: Making the "leather Bed" for the Shaft
Step 3: Glue the Handle!
Glue your piece of leather to one of the wood scales. Place the blade's shaft in the space you cut out.
Add more glue and put the second scale on top. By now it will look like a box of wood with a leather center and a knife blade sticking out of it. Not very pretty. Like a badly made prison knife. This is exactly what you are aiming for at this stage!
Step 4: Add Some Pressure!
Step 5: Shaping the Handle
Step 6: Get That Smoothhh Finish
Step 7: Dye the Wood
Step 8: Sand It Again, Sam
Step 9: Dye Handle, Dye!
Step 10: Final Sanding
Step 11: Polishing
Or you go for a special wood/furniture oil from your local hardware shop. More expensive and more poisonous. But keeps the shine longer.
When the oil has dried you may want to polish it with some kanuba wax. But this is optional...
I hope you have enjoyed this instructable!