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puukko3883
17-05-11, 04:30 AM
I was working outside this past weekend; in bad weather I wear one of my production knives on my belt and this past Friday the weather was bad here. On my belt I had a rubber handled Buck skinner, I love the blade and its shape but I hated the handle, for me too skinny and too curved.

After coming in for the day I worked on a sheath for a Scandi exchange I'm doing with redbeard rum and for some reason I pulled the Buck out of it's sheath and cut the rubber handle off it ... "hmmmm" ... I thought, pulled out the paper and pencil, sketched the outline of the blade and came up with a tang alteration. On Saturday the weather was even worse, so I made the tang alterations, and came up with the handle block pieces. Sunday the weather was better, so after working outside for the day I came in and fit the bolster, put the tang slot in the block and glued/epoxied it up. Today after work and after mowing the lawn I shaped it up and rubbed in some linseed oil mixed with pure pine gum turpentine. Here it is.

Inspiration: The Ahti Kaira (http://www.lamnia.fi/items.php?lang=en&pid=1424) I love this Finnish knife, maybe I'll get one this year.
Blade: from a Buck Omni Hunter 10 point (3 inch blade) (http://www.buckknives.com/index.cfm?event=product.detail&productID=2886)
Bolster and Butt End: Hickory
Mid-Handle: From a "Made in Sweden" cutting board that I picked up at a resale shop for $1.50. :)

Front end:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy83/puukko3883/fatblad01.jpg

Back end:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy83/puukko3883/fatblad02.jpg

Top side:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy83/puukko3883/fatblad04.jpg

Belly up:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy83/puukko3883/fatblad03.jpg



A leather sheath is coming soon.
Thanks for taking a look and please comment if you would like ! :party11:

macedonian45mk
17-05-11, 08:18 AM
nice "overhauling" looks ergonomic now:)

Wrangler
17-05-11, 10:42 AM
Looks pretty good - uncommon but obviously comfortable. :sign26:

bwildered
17-05-11, 11:39 AM
Probably the best alternative use of Swedish cutting board I've ever seen! ;)

The handle is definitely your style, but IMHO a massive leap up in standard from the previous ones I've seen from you. This one is brilliant. I would have it over the Ahti any day (in my house, the Ahti would get modded in 5 minutes flat for the ugly forefinger groove, otherwise it's nice :) )

This one looks comfy, ergonomic, has nice curves and you can't fault the finish. Now, are you going to use a Made in Sweden kitchen roll holder for a sheath or make your own? ;)

MeetTheGeeks
17-05-11, 11:56 AM
Well spin my nipple nuts and send to alaska!

That is REALLY nice, it works. Great shape, nice choice of wood and very much improved. Very nice mate

elbuchu
17-05-11, 09:02 PM
imgination rules.....well done....like it my friend...next week ill post your knife
Regards

redbeard rum
17-05-11, 09:27 PM
russell,it's beautiful.shape and colors,I love it all:)

G.Holmberg
17-05-11, 10:25 PM
:biggthump for that one Russell.

Gunnar.

puukko3883
18-05-11, 01:50 AM
nice "overhauling" looks ergonomic now:)

Thanks mac_45mk, you inspired me to make a kniv from the materials I had on hand. You have that maker's ability to make a beautiful kniv from what you have on the shelf which is a great skill !!


Looks pretty good - uncommon but obviously comfortable.

Thanks Wrangler, it does feel comfortable in my hand !


Probably the best alternative use of Swedish cutting board I've ever seen! ;)

:ralmao:

Thanks bwildered, it was a very nice cutting board, but now it's all cut up !! :D
I'm glad you like this one, it means I've done something right !


Well spin my nipple nuts and send to alaska!

:lol:
Thanks MeetTheGeeks ! I'm not that familiar with pirate praise :pirate: but I'll count this as a positive comment !


imgination rules.....well done....like it my friend...next week ill post your knife
Regards

Gracias mi amigo, I can't wait the black and white to arrive !!


russell,it's beautiful.shape and colors,I love it all:)

Hvala! Mile
I wish you knew how much this Scandi has influenced my thoughts on design, form and function;


mora classic ocelot (http://www.britishblades.com/forums/showthread.php?116368-mora-classic-ocelot)

http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/8624/ocelot0.jpg



:biggthump for that one Russell.

Gunnar.

Gunnar, a mentor's positive comment is always something that makes you feel good about the path you have taken. Tack, for showing me how to make a good bolster fit, forming a good tang slot and shaping the thin egg shaped handle cross section.

And thanks for your blog, which I check nightly.

Mr Happymoose
18-05-11, 07:39 PM
What a stunning transformation!!! brilliant :D

Fjellräv
19-05-11, 08:22 AM
Russell, what a great job, my friend! :biggthump

Useful and appealing as well. Love the wood combination and esp. that handle shape. Now, that i know your sheath making abilities, i'm even more looking forward what package you'll create!:happy62:

Niels
19-05-11, 02:31 PM
Beautiful knife! May I ask, where can you get, or rather still make, pine gum turpentine?

puukko3883
19-05-11, 02:33 PM
What a stunning transformation!!! brilliant :D

Thanks Mr. Happymoose ! I'm glad you like it ! :)


i'm even more looking forward what package you'll create!:happy62:

Dank Fjellräv ! I'm going to try to come up with a sheath similar to the Ahti sheath in the link I posted. I've picked out the leather for it and I'll probably have it done this weekend along with redbeard rum's leather sheath.

puukko3883
19-05-11, 02:57 PM
Beautiful knife! May I ask, where can you get, or rather still make, pine gum turpentine?

Bedankt Niels ! Here they have it at our local hardware stores ?

In Holland if you have a hard time finding it amazon.co.uk offers turpentine, I think pure turpentine is pine gum:

Turpentine at amazon.co.uk (http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=pine+gum+turpentine&x=0&y=0#/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=turpentine&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aturpentine)

bwildered
19-05-11, 03:40 PM
Quote from woodworkforums.com :

Pure (gum, wood) Turpentine is derived by destructive distillation of wood and contains mainly pinene and dipentene. It is a known sensitiser (not a good thing) and may manifest itself as a skin rash or inflammation or as an asthmatic condition, and in some individuals this reaction can be extremely severe. It is also thought to be a cause kidney failure if abrorbed through the pores of the skin. It can cause many mental problems and is one of the reasons why so many of the great artists were certifiable nut cases. Don't be fooled into thinking that natural is always better. Often times is definitely is not. :eek:

Mineral turpentine is a refined petroleum solvent and is a mixture of straight and branched chain paraffins, naphthenes and aromatic hydrocarbons. Basically it aint anywhere near as bad for you as the other stuff.

puukko3883
19-05-11, 07:00 PM
It can cause many mental problems and is one of the reasons why so many of the great artists were certifiable nut cases. Don't be fooled into thinking that natural is always better.


Good point bewildered, when I use it I always wear disposable gloves (as I always do when using stains or Danish Oil or any wood finish) and I'm in a well ventilated room, when I do use it I'm using about 3/4 of a tablespoon at most. I use the pine gum turpentine because the wood in my handles seems to take it very well, it mixes well with linseed oil (Danish Oil I cut with mineral spirits) and that is the most common turpentine that is found at my local hardware store.

I agree that precautions should be taken when ever you are finishing wood. I will have to attest that my artist's mental state has nothing to do with the affects of pure pine gum turpentine and that I've been this way right from the moment I fell into this world and they spanked my on the behind, so to speak. :happy45:

bwildered
19-05-11, 08:27 PM
:ralmao:

Requin
19-05-11, 11:04 PM
This is huge improvement for poor Buck(who came with idea of camouflage handles on knives?) ,but be careful with cutting boards,they are not always properly dried before going into shops..

puukko3883
20-05-11, 05:15 AM
This is huge improvement for poor Buck(who came with idea of camouflage handles on knives?) ,but be careful with cutting boards,they are not always properly dried before going into shops..

Thanks Requin !! As for the original handle, it was rubber, so a camouflage coloring makes as much sense as any color you would give rubber, I guess ?

I really like the blade though, it's a very good quality stainless steel and I've always liked the look of skinner blades, especially this one. The tang went the full length of the original handle and allowed for a relatively easy alteration.

I make my own multi-wood blocks, but when I saw this cutting board at a local resale shop I wanted to try it on a couple of handles, when I cut it to form the handle blocks there were no drying cracks on any surface pre or post cut or splits in the glued wood to wood seams. I'm pretty good about judging the water content in wood by feel and the original board and cut blocks felt good for a knife handle to me.

puukko3883
25-05-11, 04:59 AM
Here's the sheath for fat blad, as I mentioned in a reply to Fjellräv the sheath design is inspired by the sheath for the Ahti Kaira. The blade guard area of the sheath has been hardened using the hot bees wax method and handle wrap area of the sheath was colored using the hot bees wax, the leather was the color of the belt loop and I thought it would be interesting to leave the belt loop the original color of the leather, so the belt loop has only been applied with a couple of rubs of mink oil.


http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy83/puukko3883/fbSheath01.jpg


http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy83/puukko3883/fbSheath04.jpg


Sorry for the night time kitchen florescent light pic, but it's the best I can do tonight to show how the knife in sheath hangs on the belt.

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy83/puukko3883/fbSheath03.jpg

macedonian45mk
26-05-11, 06:50 PM
very nice package, love the sheath..little bit of this little bit of that :)

puukko3883
27-05-11, 05:09 AM
very nice package, love the sheath..little bit of this little bit of that :)

Ви благодариме (thanks) mac_45mk ! I came upon some squares of leather a while back, vegetable tanned, 8-9 oz, browns and blacks, excellent sheath size, some soft, some stiff, these pieces were soft so I hardened the blade guard and put a hardened round on the spine of the blade guard on this western style sheath to give it some additional rigidity. I really liked the brown and texture of this leather, so I left the belt loop with it's scars and color as is.

Some of the stiff pieces of leather I've been experimenting with using coconut oil to soften them, it's been working well and I'll have a sheath that's been softened with the coconut oil done soon. I'll report how this experiment turned out.