Saturday, 20 December 2014

Tommos Puukko Tommi Knife

So, the Anssi Blade arrived a week ago from brisa knifes

Anssi 150
The next job was to determine the type and materials for the handle. Finally deciding to choose a Puukko style handle in Water Buffalo Horn and African Olive Wood (as I have some left from the last knife).

I bought a pack of brass bolsters from Brisa at the same time as the blade. Time to make it fit the blade.

The brass bolster finished and re-polished time to put that to one side and start on the horn and wood.

As normal I hand drew the shape of the handle and made a cardboard cut out. I chose a nice chunk of buffalo horn and leveled both ends off with 60 grit on a piece of plate glass to get it perfectly flat. With all the components ready it was time to glue and construct the handle, prior to the arrival of the knife I made a glue press.

Home made glue press
Not sure why it screwed up at an angle however it made difference to the work. I used Araldite Ultra epoxy glue which took about 24 hours to cure.

Glue hardened.
The knife fully hardened it was time to start designing the handle in the shape I had chosen.

Time to remove some of the excess wood and horn. I like to ensure the blade is straight in the handle I draw the line of the blade down the top and bottom of the handle.

So apologies for the picture heavy set coming up, but its the best way to show the various stages of shaping of the handle. 

The handle is shaped with machine sanders takes a lot of the manual out of the work. The next stage is to hand sand the final finish. Eventually finishing up like this:

The horn was polished out on the buffer I love the white flaring in the horn. I applied a nice coat of Danish Oil to the African Olive Wood, the plan is to give it multiple finishes.

I have to say I am proud of the knife as a finished item and its definitely a keeper for myself. Time to start moving into learning how to make leather sheaths. However, before that I have one more project to complete a good friend has asked me to put some scales on a knife blade for him, which I agreed too, despite never having handled with scales, oh well a good learning project. I will post when its completed....if all goes well.

Thanks for reading. 

Have a safe Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 


Thursday, 11 December 2014

Polar 95 Knife with Wild African Olive Wood Handle.

Having completed two prior knife handles I thought that a hand made knife for my son would be nice. I placed an order for a Polar 95 blade from English Handmade Knives having purchased all of my blades from them, I can honestly say that I have never had any issues with the speedy service or goods. I would recommend them. This time I purchased a made sheath for the new knife.

As nice as a plain sheath can be I decided to enlist the help of an old friend Rich who has is own business Laserus. Drop me a line if you would like any work done I will pass your details onto him. We have worked together on quite a few projects cigar ashtrays, lighters and Humidors to name but a few. This time I requested he have ago at laser engraving some designs into the sheath.

Wet formed and Laser engraved.
The choice of wood for the handle was Wild African Olive Wood purchased from exotichardwoodsukltd
However, I also made a handle in Yew and would decide which looked the best, in the end I chose the Olive wood.

Wild African Olive

I sit and draw a handle design and when happy make a cardboard template to assist in the transfer of the image to the block of wood.

Yew handle design

Handle design traced onto the African Olive wood

In previous projects I used a steel template to burn the hole for the blade stick tang spalted birch knife handle

The rest of the work is very much the same as for all the other knifes as per previous posts yew-wood-knife-handle-project-pt-2

Alternate Yew handle


The finished knife with African Olive wood handle.


The next knife project will hopefully be the Anssi 150 Tommi blade one for myself.

 Thank you for reading.