Handle for Carving Knife

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I recently bought an 80mm Kay Embretsen carving knife blade and decided to make a handle for it. Woods used are Chinese Yew and Ebony. Finish is Peacock Oil.

I'm on record as saying that the Mora 106 is a great carving knife and excellent value for money. I still believe that, but the handle could do with some refinement. My main gripe with it is that it is too short, so when I'm doing pull cuts, my thumb is touching the edge of the blade and that ain't good. That's why I incorporated a thumb guard in my design which keeps my thumb off the edge. Also, although a lot of people rave about handles with facets, I don't really care for them. So after creating eight facets, I sanded through them to the shape you see here. The swell really fills my palm and I instantly know how the knife is oriented without looking at it.

Thanks for looking!


Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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That's lovely Andy!  The Yew is really striking too.  Looks like something I'd love to grab onto.  The guard is a really nice added feature too.
Forgot to mention that it is 140mm long, 30mm more than the Mora 106.



Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

I have a 106 blade in my tool well waiting for a handle.  Methinks I've found my inspiration!
looks nice to hold GR8 JOB 😍😎👍

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Very nice, Andy! I’ve been experimenting with a number of different shapes for carving knives, and here’s another for me to try. FYI, you can buy Mora knife blanks online. The 106 (and 120) blank is 28€, which seems awfully steep, but they’re available, and I always found Mora’s shipping to be speedy. Just about a week from ordering until things are in my hands. Quicker than some US companies’ shipping.

May you have the day you deserve!

@Kenny - I shall expect to see it before Christmas. No slacking now.
@GR8Hunter - Thank you. I appreciate it.
@Dave - Thanks. I am aware you can get the Mora blades. I believe you even get two types of blade for the 106 now also. A laminated one and a non-laminated one. I just fancied trying something different.

Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

I like the 106 a lot.  But I would love to get my hands on one of those Kay Embretson blades!  It’s pretty costly to acquire one here in the colonies though.  
Whenever I do get it done will certainly be before Christmas Andy.  I won’t commit to a specific year though.
LOL.

Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

man that is a sweet looking handle. well done.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Thanks Pottz!

Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

A beautiful addition to be sure. 

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Looks super refined, could be in a trophy case for display!
I had to research  Peacock Oil. I'd never heard of it before. 
The knife looks great. 

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Very nice comfortable handle..Nice work on it

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Great looking handle Andy - That grain selection flows really nicely
A good looking knife. Yew handle is cool and it reminds me of a good Japanese kitchen knife! good job:)

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Nice lines on it. Shape of the handle transitions smoothly to the blade.
Thanks everyone. It was a fun project.

@Don - Lie Neilsen stock it in the US.

Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

Great job on the shape Andy. Nice touch with the thumb guard, not only does it protect your thumb, but it adds a beautiful contrast. As Ken said, it looks like you want to pick it up to see what it feels like in your hand.

.................. John D....................