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 )
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)
Marking out the new handle profile:
Shaping out the scales (jarrah & silver birch):
Scales glued and rough shaping out of the handle:
Fine shaping (note the homemade mosaic pin ):
Before & After:
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.