Replaced handles

Discussion in 'Other Weapons' started by M14sRock, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    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.

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    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.
     
  2. M14sRock

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    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.

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  3. CA357

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    Very nice work M14's. :cool: I especially like that last knife with the ironwood handle.
     
  4. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    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.
     
  5. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Sweet about the knife. But, I'm sorry for your loss.
     
  6. M14sRock

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    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.
     
  7. NitroxAZ

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    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.
     
  8. pandamonium

    pandamonium New Member

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

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

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    Ha ha ha, we shall see!
     
  11. Franciscomv

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    Great work! Those Carbon V knives were made by Camillus for Cold Steel, and are excellent. The only bad thing about them were the rubber handles (I know it's practical, but I'll never warm up to that stuff) and you fixed that. I've been meaning to replace the handle on my Carbon V Master Hunter ever since I got it.

    Thanks for sharing the pictures, I love it when people customize their knives. I really like how the micarta SRK turned out, I'm usually more of a wood guy but I think the contrast between the micarta and all those pins looks lovely.
     
  12. M14sRock

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    Thanks, Francisco. The Master Hunter is my favorite all around blade, and is the reason I did not order an FTF knife.

    I HATE the rubber handles, though I have a few Carbon V (LTC, Gurkha, Mini Gurkha, etc) Kukris that I left the rubber on. I just removed all the checkering and they are easier to use. Plus the rubber dampens some of the shock when hacking wood.

    I re-made some of the Master Hunters and SRK's for friend's, as well. The one with the Black Paper Micarta looks WAY better in person than it does in my lousy pics.

    I still have about a half a dozen CS knives in boxes waiting for new handles. It just takes time, but once I get started it is a lot of fun.