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M14sRock 09-08-2010 05:39 AM

Replaced handles
 
Seeing Pandamonium's home made blade inspired me to post some of my knives. I do not have the skills to make a blade (yet) but do know how to replace and shape the handles.

Most of these are Cold Steel blades, and most of the handles are Micarta. Black Linen, Brown Canvas, Green Canvas, Black Paper, and Red Linen. Micarta is essentially layers of cloth or paper that are glued together and compressed with epoxy. A couple of them are wood. One ebony, and one Desert Ironwood (certified 75 year old cut, 25 years ago).

The small knife is a laminated Japanese blade made by Kanetsune. Their bladesmith is a "several-th" generation swordmaker. It has a bunch of folds to the steel. I made the handles from a small piece of heartwood I bought 20 years ago at a gun show. The sheath was my first attempt at making a real sheath. It turned out exactly the way I pictured it in my head.

The one with the stained blade is my OLD Carbon V Master Hunter. It has been with me in the field for 20 years, and has seen much hard use.

The odd looking one in the 3rd and 4th pic is a cheap Cold Steel with an ebony handle. I wanted a primitive, hand lapped look and fitted it to my right hand. Nicknamed it "Magua".

The big ones are Recon Scouts. One is the early, "Sterile" version with no markings on it. The one with the ironwood is special. Single block of wood, set with crushed up 100 million year old fossilized dinosaur bone and crushed meteorite mixed in with the epoxy, then pinned. I spent a month filing and sanding the block down to what it looks like now.

My lousy pictures don't show it, but the top knife in pic 4 is a Cold Steel Mountain man knife with Red Linen and brass pins. Nice thin blade cuts very well. Abrasive blasted the blade with aluminum oxide and blued it.

Nothing very special, but I love them and they work for me.

http://i538.photobucket.com/albums/f...k/DSC02587.jpg
http://i538.photobucket.com/albums/f...k/DSC02583.jpg
http://i538.photobucket.com/albums/f...DSC02581-1.jpg
http://i538.photobucket.com/albums/f...k/DSC02579.jpg

So, who else has some fun with knives and wants to post pics? I have a few more pics on PB and will post them, too.

M14sRock 09-08-2010 05:48 AM

Here are a couple more. Close up of the Iron Wood handle, and two of my SRK's.

One in Green Canvas with brass pins.
And one with Black Paper and the hand lapped look which makes for a great grip that is not rough to the hand. That one has a Red Linen lanyard hole.

http://i538.photobucket.com/albums/f...k/DSC02584.jpg
http://i538.photobucket.com/albums/f...k/DSC02485.jpg
http://i538.photobucket.com/albums/f...k/DSC02484.jpg

CA357 09-08-2010 05:58 AM

Very nice work M14's. :cool: I especially like that last knife with the ironwood handle.

M14sRock 09-08-2010 06:02 AM

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Originally Posted by CA357 (Post 346477)
Very nice work M14's. :cool: I especially like that last knife with the ironwood handle.

Thanks, Don.

That was my first one, and was a collaborative effort with my good friend who died this year. He was my mentor, and guided me on this one. He also gave me the Ironwood block and even drilled the hole by hand for the tang.

CA357 09-08-2010 06:05 AM

Sweet about the knife. But, I'm sorry for your loss.

M14sRock 09-08-2010 06:08 AM

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Originally Posted by CA357 (Post 346485)
Sweet about the knife. But, I'm sorry for your loss.

Thanks. It was time for him to go, and he is in a better place. But he always loved how that knife turned out, so you are in good company.

NitroxAZ 09-08-2010 11:06 AM

Nice work. I have a few knife blanks and handle material that I need to work on. Just haven't made the time yet for them.

pandamonium 09-08-2010 03:49 PM

M14sRock, that is some VERY nice work there! I hope the scales I put on my experiment turn out half as good!

M14sRock 09-08-2010 04:04 PM

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Originally Posted by pandamonium (Post 346669)
M14sRock, that is some VERY nice work there! I hope the scales I put on my experiment turn out half as good!

Dude, if you can shape that blade blank, you can do handles in your sleep!

pandamonium 09-08-2010 04:18 PM

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Originally Posted by M14sRock (Post 346678)
Dude, if you can shape that blade blank, you can do handles in your sleep!

Ha ha ha, we shall see!


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