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RavenMad
03-05-2014, 08:00 AM
Hi again, I'm back with another western rehandle on a cheapo knife (hmmm, this is becoming a bit of a "thing" for me I think - I'm gonna run out of cheap blades at this rate :lol2: )

So, this is another ultra cheap knife I had in the garden shed and a neighbour who has even worse knives (basically disposables) so I thought I'd practice handle-making some more and at least make something that would look nice and be better than the absolute shite she has.

This is a "chef's" knife that had quite a strange profile (see last image below) that I re-profiled to be somewhere between a slicer and a french-style chef's. You'll see I ground out the primary bevel and the big-ass shoulder and thinned the whole blade out considerably (you can still see some of the grind marks on the flat of the blade - even after lots of polishing - any tips for getting those out?). I also did a slight reprofile on the back of the tang/handle as well to round it out - hated that squared-off end.

Anyway, on to pics:

Before rehandling (nb, the re-profiling has already been done at this stage - I forgot to take a photo before I started any work)
https://v4s2.yimg.com/so/7336/12926352633_d77233865a_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/adrian_vn/12926352633/)

After re-profiling/thinning:
https://v4s1.yimg.com/sj/2830/12926234325_104b16b1f2_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/adrian_vn/12926234325/)

Marking out the new handle profile:
https://v4s2.yimg.com/so/7429/12926231445_1c7567db4e_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/adrian_vn/12926231445/)

Shaping out the scales (jarrah & silver birch):
https://v4s2.yimg.com/so/7336/12926227815_0344428782_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/adrian_vn/12926227815/)

Scales glued and rough shaping out of the handle:
https://v4s2.yimg.com/sk/3743/12926636724_10a5c13de7_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/adrian_vn/12926636724/)

Fine shaping (note the homemade mosaic pin :happymug:):
https://v4s2.yimg.com/sk/3757/12926218235_745ed30051_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/adrian_vn/12926218235/)

Finished product:
https://v4s2.yimg.com/so/7431/12947029515_e74b9472de_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/adrian_vn/12947029515/)

https://v4s2.yimg.com/so/7414/12947430544_a0f14fdaa4_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/adrian_vn/12947430544/)

https://v4s2.yimg.com/so/7346/12947018325_6c41058361_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/adrian_vn/12947018325/)

https://v4s2.yimg.com/so/7316/12947014925_1e4d7ea0fd_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/adrian_vn/12947014925/)

https://v4s2.yimg.com/sk/3772/12947419874_9b9400fb39_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/adrian_vn/12947419874/)

Before & After:
https://v4s2.yimg.com/sk/3776/12926307153_a5b7e68ae1_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/adrian_vn/12926307153/)


Hope you like it. Again, I know this could be better but those curved joins were trickier than they look and than I expected! C&C welcome as usual. Thanks for looking.

Adrian

WarrenB
03-05-2014, 08:06 AM
Saw the first one you did and now this one, for first attempts they look brilliant:biggrin: Much better than the first attempt I just posted.
Will be trying another one myself after seeing this, guess it gets addictive:D

icanhaschzbrgr
03-05-2014, 10:42 AM
I'm gonna buy a bunch of cheap knives and send them to you for rehandling :)
That's an awesome job you've done there!

mkriggen
03-05-2014, 12:52 PM
Nice work, and yeah, it does get addictive:D

Be well,
Mikey

Sam Cro
03-07-2014, 05:27 PM
While I realize this is a re-handle job and you did a bit of grinding on the blade I ponder why you did not clean sand the blade in all directions to give it a clean appearance with the New handle . other then that it looks good .

RavenMad
03-11-2014, 06:17 AM
Thanks for the comments and kind words, guys. Inspires me to keep at it .


Saw the first one you did and now this one, for first attempts they look brilliant:biggrin: Much better than the first attempt I just posted.
Will be trying another one myself after seeing this, guess it gets addictive:D
Would love to see another from you Warren - your first one was a beauty.


I'm gonna buy a bunch of cheap knives and send them to you for rehandling :)
That's an awesome job you've done there!
Thanks chzbrgr! That's a real compliment as I love the handles you've putting out as well :thumbsup:


Nice work, and yeah, it does get addictive:D
Mikey
Thanks Mikey! It sure does get addictive - working on fixing up a worn small utility and turning it into a paring. Hope to up some pics soon.


While I realize this is a re-handle job and you did a bit of grinding on the blade I ponder why you did not clean sand the blade in all directions to give it a clean appearance with the New handle . other then that it looks good .

Mate, I hand-sanded that thing until my arms almost fell off! :surrendar: I even ghetto-rigged a drum sander out of a couple of tins and some wet/dry paper but I just couldn't get the worst of the scratches out. To be honest, I gave up in the end partly because it's just a cheap blade but also because it actually looks a lot beter in real life - the photos seem to exaggerate the scratches. My neighbour was delighted with it. Thanks for the comments - very much appreciated.

Mute-on
03-13-2014, 12:39 AM
Well I think it's just spectacular!! Well done :doublethumbsup:

Cheers,

J

Sam Cro
03-13-2014, 09:09 PM
Raven Mad,

Good to see you took my comment in stride it was meant to help not hinder your future efforts . when you are having an issue with scratches left from sandpaper say from 100 grit and you are using 320 you might want to back up to a 150, 220, 300, and ect. to get rid of the scratches from the last paper used . it applies to bone ,stone,metal,and wood . it should help you in the next Blade you do . also sand in an X or cross pattern to rid the last grit before moving on to the next grit paper .

Well Done on the Knife Forge on and Make Beautiful things.