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theLawlCat
05-29-2013, 12:14 AM
Far from perfect but a lot of fun to do. And more comfortable for me than the original handle. Done only with knowledge from this forum, so thanks to everyone who's posted how to advice.

By the way, what is this wood? I got it out of the scrap bin at Woodcraft for $2. It looked exactly like wenge before I sanded it and it is very heavy and very hard. Does wenge turn this color or is this something else?

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o713/theLawLcat/photo_zpsa618d740.jpg

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o713/theLawLcat/photocopy2_zpsbaf02a48.jpg

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o713/theLawLcat/photocopy4_zps5a9124b8.jpg

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Jmadams13
05-29-2013, 12:21 AM
Looks great. Kept that classic look too. Was this with all hand tools?

Dave Martell
05-29-2013, 12:53 AM
That's sharp!

theLawlCat
05-29-2013, 07:06 PM
Looks great. Kept that classic look too. Was this with all hand tools?

No drill press, but I did turn a hand held belt sander upside down and lock it in place which worked pretty well. Drilling pin holes gave me way more confidence in Forgecraft's steel because that took a long time and killed several bits, even after heating to dull red.

Lefty
05-29-2013, 07:25 PM
I recognize that! Nice work, my man!

Dream Burls
05-29-2013, 11:34 PM
[QUOTE=theLawlCat;211577]Far from perfect but a lot of fun to do. And more comfortable for me than the original handle. Done only with knowledge from this forum, so thanks to everyone who's posted how to advice.

By the way, what is this wood? I got it out of the scrap bin at Woodcraft for $2. It looked exactly like wenge before I sanded it and it is very heavy and very hard. Does wenge turn this color or is this something else?


Could well be Wenge. It does get lighter with time.

theLawlCat
05-31-2013, 12:37 AM
This one came from ebay and really did need a new handle, it was loose and disgusting underneath. Left this handle nice and thick but kinda messed up on the back and had to round it a little bit more than I wanted. This is fun, highly recommend trying rehandling.

Rosewood maybe? Again, from the scrap bin.

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o713/theLawLcat/photocopy6_zpsbd92438c.jpg

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theLawlCat
06-01-2013, 02:26 AM
Done with this project. Bullnose with some really nice mango from burlsource.

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o713/theLawLcat/photocopy11_zps12f5d1ae.jpg

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scotchef38
06-01-2013, 07:56 AM
.What are you using to polish the blades-they look fantastic.

theLawlCat
06-01-2013, 02:51 PM
150 grit to get the crud off, then I think my progression was 220, 400, 600, 800, 1200, 1500, 2000 grit wet dry sandpaper. I wasn't going to go up so high but the high polish looks really cool on the rolled pattern part of the blades. Definitely not a perfect mirror finish and I didn't get all the pitting and imperfections out, but I think these blades looks better with character.

Burl Source
06-01-2013, 10:57 PM
Looks like you did real good on all 3.
1st 2 look like some type of rosewood.
A tough wood to sand but they turned out real good.
Was there a distinct smell?

JMJones
06-01-2013, 11:09 PM
very cool

theLawlCat
09-06-2013, 01:55 AM
Had to get a little fancy for some gift knives. I saw somebody's handle like this on here a while back and it was really cool so I had to try.

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o713/theLawLcat/photo_zps8cefda5d.jpg

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o713/theLawLcat/photo_zps2b077050.jpg

Dream Burls
09-06-2013, 09:02 AM
Great job Cat. The F and F on those look terrific.

ar11
09-06-2013, 07:51 PM
very clean! like the handles

Mrmnms
09-06-2013, 10:56 PM
Those last 2 are killer! What's the wood combo?

theLawlCat
09-08-2013, 11:17 PM
Those last 2 are killer! What's the wood combo?

Some very attractive stabilized walnut and maple burl from burlsource.

hobbitling
09-11-2013, 12:04 PM
Good job. I'm working on a similar rehandling project, rehandling a Utica Forge slicer (similar style to forgecraft), which had some handle problems. This one will be my third handle, so it's nice to see a fellow newbie making such nice handles. I hope mine turns out as nice as yours have.

Brad Gibson
09-11-2013, 08:27 PM
Man! I wanna try to polish my forgie like that! Very cool dude!

GeneH
09-11-2013, 09:07 PM
I like what you did with the 1st 3 Forgecraft - the style / color / finish suites them just fine. Classic and simple. The last ones you did are a whole level fancier. I agree the fit and finish looks top notch.

apicius9
09-11-2013, 09:16 PM
I was just looking for the 'Like' button again... I like both styles, the 'basic' and the fancy one. If I ever get to the two I snapped up, I'll probably go the simper route, but the walnut-maple combo looks great.

Stefan

RoanRoks29
09-11-2013, 09:16 PM
Excellent Job !! Those blades Look Fantastic!!!

Burl Source
09-11-2013, 09:25 PM
Nice work.
You have a good eye for what goes together.