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    Blackwood can feel a little bit on the waxy/oily side, but finishes quite nicely. I've never needed to finish mine with Tung oil or Tru oil either.
    Let us know how your project goes. Best of luck.
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    Make sure you wear a mask when sanding your handle

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    Quote Originally Posted by keithsaltydog View Post
    Make sure you wear a mask when sanding your handle
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    A mask will save you from the dreaded black wood boogers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burl Source View Post
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    A mask will save you from the dreaded black wood boogers.
    LOL!
    But they taste so good!
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    I knew nothing about African Blackwood (or rehandling in general), so I did some research and found that folks in Africa make these intricate statues with hand chisels and knives out of the blackwood. So I decided I'll try to make the handle using only hand tools. So with the exception of using hand drill for drilling pin holes, I set about doing my first re-handle with only hand tools.
    I ended up actually only using a few tools.
    2 Slabs of African blackwood from burl source, 1 Mora Clipper, 1 DMT extra-coarse, some sand papers, 5min Epoxy, brass and copper pins from Jantz, yellow spacers, tung oil, and finishing wax.

    Some lessons learned:
    1) These blackwood (rosewood?) are really hard. Trying to use Mora to shave off pieces of wood (especially against the grain) was a struggle. I spent about 20-30 min each day, and was shaving 1mm shavings off for many many days. I had to sharpen the knife everyday, sometimes 2 times a day.
    2) The blackwood powders wreak havoc on the eyes. I ended up doing most of the heavy sanding by wetting the DMT/handle slabs so that dust doesn't pick up in the air.
    3) "Fit and finish" is more difficult than I had imagined. Getting that pinhole exactly right so that there isn't a gap between wood and the pins, planing the spacers/handle/tang so that there are no ugly gaps between them, etc. take skills to do properly.

    Anyways, it ain't no looker, but it's one of the most comfortable handle I have used. Everyday I'd pick it up, squeeze hard with a hammer grip, then find where the focal pressure builds. Then I'll use my knife to shave off a little pieces at a time until the localized pressure points smoothed out. Turns out that if I do that, the left and right side symmetry gets broken, but it just felt more natural in the hand.




    Now I have a lot of appreciation for the beauty and functionality when I see new knives coming out from HHH or Devin.
    I sit down, look at all the little details and think, how did he do that?!

    Anyways thank you for all your help.

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    Mark at Burl Source has scales precut and will cut any block into scales as well. Myron at Dream Burls may though I have yet to inquire.
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    I think it turned out really good.
    For a 1st handle it turned out great.
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    if you have basic wood working tools, your scale material may be in your backyard or wood pile. find a piece of maple or oak in your fire wood pile, split it, rip it and see what is there. I have done that and have found spalted maple, curly maple, and oak burl. check the curb before yard waste pickup day and I have found dogwood, pear, ash, gum, heart of pine. you end up with a handle that is one of a kind.
    for pins, 18-8 or 316 stainless dowel pins work well, get these from Mcmaster/Carr or MSC Direct. you can get name brand finishes and epoxies from the big box stores, just hate giving them any business.
    scott

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    welding supply stores have carbon and stainless steel pin stock that they sell as tig welding rod. If I ran out and needed some pin stock but didn't have time to wait for shipping from a knife supply shop, they are a great local option. Home depot/lowes/tractor supply also have mild steel rod and possibly aluminum.

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