Couple of Carving Knives

Been some knife projects posted lately so I reached back into the archives and pulled these out so I could feel like part of the gang!

The first one is a small neck knife I made.  I love my Mora 106 knife but it's a little large and inconvenient to carry.  So, I bought a bare 106 blade and modified it to be thinner and shorter and reprofiled it a bit.  The first picture has a pencil outline showing the original blade size.

I ground it a little thinner as well.  It started a little under 1/8" and ended a little over 3/32"

Then I set onto handling it from a piece of Zircote.  I used a method I learned long ago of using a dowel to set the tang of hidden tang blades.

Then it was just a matter of shaping the handle to suit me.

Here it is next to my unmodified Mora 106.

It's been a couple years and it's become my go-to knife for carving and whittling.  Especially when I'm on the go.  I made the neck sheath from Kydex and a piece of chain I had.  It works fine but I eventually took the chain off because it's small enough to just stick in a pocket.  The sheath is certainly necessary for pocket carry though!

The second one is a hook knife from Deepwoods Ventures that I bought the blade for and handled.  I saw a blade somewhere I like where the handle segments were radiused and without any dividers so I tried to replicate that given the handle shape lent itself to that style.  I used a piece of spalted Birch and a piece of Cocobolo and cut mating radii so they mated together precisely and epoxied them together.  The segmented handle is purely cosmetic but it makes me smile when I grab the knife 😁  Sorry, I didn't take any in-process pictures on that one.

Thanks for looking!


Look good, but I would certainly cut myself.   Nice work.


nice knives kenny.

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

i didnt see you carve much lately GR8 JOB 😍😎👍


nicely done Kenny....


Solid as usual. I remember seeing pics of the segmented hook knife but I don't remember seeing the finished reshaped 106. Super nice. The size especially looks handy.

Lincoln - "Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." Dave in AZ

Thanks all.  It's been a few years since I did the modified 106 Dave so I don't recall if I ever posted about it.  It wasn't in my projects on LJs so maybe I meant to and forgot.  
Very nice Kenny.

"Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

Nothing better than a custom grip. The look great too!
That’s an awesome method for securing a hidden tang! I’ll have to remember that one. Nice! 👍🏼 

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

Great knifes Ken. I didn’t know you made blade handles. How’s the edge retention on those 106 blades. And as far as I’m concerned you’re been part of the gang for a long time. At least in the short time I’ve been here. I know that wider blades don’t cut as well as thinner blade and I like how you reduced it down from 1/8” - 3.175 mm to 3/32” - 2.381 mm
Thanks WG.  The 106 is a carving knife so it has a very keen but fragile edge.  It’s definitely not suited  for heavy use.  But if maintained regularly on a strop during use, the retention is good.  
Nice work, Kenny! I hadn’t seen the dowel trick before, so that’s an interesting thing to ponder. 

May you have the day you deserve!

Cool stuff Ken. I've made quite a few marking and violin knives. Even made a marking knife out of a spade bit after seeing it in some woodworking mag. I also collect knives, mostly Bucks. Can never have enough knives!


Nice work! I ought to consider putting different scales on my FlexCut knives. They don't fit my mitt very well, as-is.

Steven- Random Orbital Nailer

Cool knife Hokie... however, I thought the call was for you to show how you make a blade...
if I "listened" wrong.

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

Nice work.  Really envious of that hook knife.  She is a beauty.
They look great, gonna have to remember that dowel method.
Nice knives, Ken!!

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day