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  • grangerknives commented on darbinorvar's instructable Exotic Woods - Awesome vs Awful!7 months ago
    Exotic Woods - Awesome vs Awful!

    Great project! I have made knives for years and use exotic hardwoods for handles almost exclusively. Most knifemakers use 2" X 72" belt sander to go from rough-cut on a band saw to very near final dimensions on the handles. Black palm looks good on a finished knife handle, but it is most unpleasant to work with. After sanding it to shape, I feel like I've been through a sand storm in the desert.Thank you for sharing your work,Paul

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  • grangerknives commented on Funky Diver's instructable BlockLam Knife7 months ago
    BlockLam Knife

    Very nice job! I have made many knives from start to finish; blade, handle and sheath. I have always wondered about doing one with veneer. That worked out very well. I'll be voting for this one. If I may offer a suggestion, you may considering buying a pack of veneer that are all the same species of wood for a different look. You could find one online from a woodworker's supply shop probably for about 5 GBP more.Also you mentioned if a tang had no hole, a maker might drill one. In stainless steel it could only be done with a drill press (pillar drill?) and either a cobalt or carbide drill. Carbon steel blades usually have annealed (softer) tangs that could be drilled through. However the same effect could be achieved by filing (on carbon steel) or grinding (on stainless) some notches on...see more »Very nice job! I have made many knives from start to finish; blade, handle and sheath. I have always wondered about doing one with veneer. That worked out very well. I'll be voting for this one. If I may offer a suggestion, you may considering buying a pack of veneer that are all the same species of wood for a different look. You could find one online from a woodworker's supply shop probably for about 5 GBP more.Also you mentioned if a tang had no hole, a maker might drill one. In stainless steel it could only be done with a drill press (pillar drill?) and either a cobalt or carbide drill. Carbon steel blades usually have annealed (softer) tangs that could be drilled through. However the same effect could be achieved by filing (on carbon steel) or grinding (on stainless) some notches on each side of the tang so it looks a bit like this.....Thanks again for this inspiration. I know that now I'll be making one too!-Paul

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