Micro Sloyd Knife Handle

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Blade blank hand-forged and heat-treated by Nic Westermann, then shaped and honed by Dave the Bodger. I just made the handle for it.

The handle is made from a wonderful stabilized blank of flamed maple with an ebony bolster. Whilst waiting for the blank to arrive in the post, I experimented with various water-based dyes on another piece of flamed maple to see what I liked. I tried blue, turquoise, teal, various greens and reds and even tried my hand at a kind of sunburst effect. I did loads of experiments, mixing dyes and overlaying dyes using different colours until I arrived at something I thought would work well.


When the actual blank came through my letterbox though, I knew instantly that it was too beautiful to put any dye on it. I just glued a lump of ebony on the end, drilled for the tang, then shaped it with a turning saw and worked the rough shape with a couple of rasps. Then I just sanded up through the grits from P80 to P7000. The finish is just one light coat of Antique Amber Peacock Oil and two light coats of Renaissance Wax. Just enough to pop the grain without losing any of the chatoyance. Of course you can't appreciate the chatoyance from photos, so here's a link to a video of the knife, although even this doesn't do it justice.

This 40mm knife is used for detail work, finishing cuts and tight concave turns. Nic forges these knife blanks from a round bearing steel bar and Dave shapes the blanks so they have a distal taper (thinner towards the point) with narrow symmetrical bevels. It arrives scary sharp and has a rounded and polished back to aid push cuts.

The handle was a lot of fun to make and a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The best bit though, is that I only used half of the stabilized flamed maple, so I get to do it again at some point down the line.

Thanks for looking! 


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

26 Comments

Some awesome looking wood!
The combo looks scary sharp, would be a pleasure to use I'm sure!
wow gorgeous !

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

Yeah, this is so gorgeous and stylish.

No name noobie here

That's a great looking detail knife, wonderful job as always.
Great looking wood handle.  Love the pattern in the wood and the colors.

Ron

Very very nice!!

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - https://timetestedtools.net and https://diy.timetestedtools.net

Stunning Andy!  That maple is gorgeous and the Ebony bolster gives a really nice contrast.  That blade looks like something I could really bleed on 😁
Thanks guys.
@Kenny - Ain't that the truth.

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

Wow, beautiful work Andy. The flaming effect is incredible too, and you did it justice.

Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

Nice knife. Love that wood. That needle like tip looks like it's ready to get to work. Probably makes it look sharper than it is, and it looks razor sharp.
too damn nice to use is a masterpiece GR8 JOB  😍😎👍

*TONY ** Reinholds* ALWAYS REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN

Thanks for the comments everyone. I appreciate it. Got a few tool handles to make, so I treated myself to some nice wood. Got some lovely cocobola, Australian beefwood, pomele sapele, black limbo, so more to come when I get a minute.

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

Nicely done, Andy! And thanks for including the links. Given the wait time, I might have to bash together a blade on my own…

May you have the day you deserve!

Beauty! Really nicely done.

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

Cheers Dave and Ryan.

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

Wow - handle is really eye catching!
That's really a great looking handle.  
Incredible grain, wonderfull knife!

...woodicted

Thanks fellas.

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