Sunday, 29 March 2015

Joker Necker

Having bought a UK legal folding pocket knife the Joker a good name. The blade being made from Carbon (it does also come in stainless) and the handle from Olive wood. I did some homework as normal and the Joker had some really good reviews. I thought I would make a neck sheath for for the little Joker. So just a series of pictures follow.

I should have used tan dye but never mind. The black never took to well either, having forgot to clean it with spirit prior to dying. Despite all of these little niggles the project is nice and functional. I very simple design fro the sheath.

I have used 550 Mil Spec Paracord for the neck strap in the fullness of time might get some Red or Black.

I'm also working on a moulded piece of work to make a horizontal belt sheath for the Joker. We will see how that all works out. I'm still working on the Butcher Sheath....

Thanks for reading.


Thursday, 12 March 2015

The Old Hickory Butcher Knife Project - Part 1

An old friend asked if I would re-handle his Old Hickory butcher knife for him, no problem says I. A week later he asks me if I could do some leather work for him, yes I says. He then says would it be possible to make a sheath for the Old Hickory and piggy back a Mora Frost Knife on to it.....I commented maybe....a challenge for me.

Anyway first things first lets do the handle on the knife. The scales came off so very easily I wondered how they ever stayed on even for carving meat.

The pins basically just dropped out with a small blow from my mallet. I suppose that I could have replaced the original scales with some nice wood in the same design as the originals. However, I was not happy with the way it looked and knowing that the knife was going to be a working tool a better deign was needed. Once the scales were off water had seeped behind the old scales and started the rusting process.
You can see the amount of water damage to the knife handle. It strikes me that if this knife was to be used for heavy butcher work then where there is water it would be replaced with blood...a bit of a infection nightmare potentially.
So, the plan was to design a new handle for this old girl. I sat down and worked a simple pattern out that should be functional and look reasonable. Once a template was made of I went.
The picture actually has the wrong template in but you get the idea. You can just see the marker pen outline on the handle opposite for me to work too.
Time to go to work with the grinder and Dremmel to achieve the desired new handle shape. The key is not to let the blade or handle get hot destroying the hardening. I have a tub of cold water at the side of the grinder cooling the work down on a regular basis.

Eventually the shape appears that I wanted, cleaning the rust of the handle in preparation for gluing in the future.

What wood to use for the handle? well I have some African Olive wood in the cupboard, so I cut a section and marked it out split it in two for the scales.

Level the inner side of the scales mark the design of the handle on the outer and sand the faces of the scales together. Luckily the holes in the original handle fit the Loveless bolts a bit less work. Drill the holes in the scales for the Loveless bolts and countersink, nearly ready for the gluing phase.

So, the next phase was to glue the scales to the tang for this I used gorilla glue I normally use epoxy slow cure but I hadn't got enough left.

I left the glue to cure for 24 hours before starting work on shaping the handle. African Olive wood is a hard wood and quite time consuming to shape.

The first thing I generally do is to define the top and bottom of the tang which allows me to then work on the thickness of the scales before finally working on the feel of the handle in the hand.

Once the shape is finally there its a case of sanding......sanding and sanding until your happy with the finish. 

I chose to apply a Danish Oil finish to the finished African Olive wood handle.

I actually really enjoyed making this handle and am extremely happy with the work. It took half the time of the last tang handle I made. So, Old Hickory Butcher Knife Pimped LOL. That's the end of Part 1. The hard bit is to make a sheath for this with a piggy back of a Mora Frost....

Thanks for reading.


Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Leatherman Wave Pouch

The leather work continues this time I decided to make my son a pouch for his Leatherman Wave Multi Tool.

Just a short blog today with some pictures of the work. The forming of the leather takes the most time having to let the it dry for 24 hours before being cut of the former.

I ordered some black dye and red waxed twine thinking that it would compliment the black dye, I was not disappointed.
I think I'm starting to get the hang of making small pouches, EDC and sheaths. The picture above is my newly arrived Waldgeistman Leather Logo stamp, which I'm really pleased with.

This little project will go to its owner very shortly. On s separate note the EDC pouch that was mentioned in a prior blog has been purchased from me.

So, the next project is the Old Hickory Butcher knife project.......................for an old friend.

A lot of work to complete including a new handle, leather sheath with a piggy back on it....

Until next time, thank you for reading.


Saturday, 7 March 2015

The MOD Clasp Knife Sheath.

Having had an old MOD clasp knife knocking around for years I thought it would be nice to make it a home.

Firstly, I wet molded the leather to the knife and once dry cut it into the shape that I wanted the sheath to be and marked the stitching holes.

I then made the backing for the wet molded leather and stitched and glued the two together. The thread is artificial sinew.

Finally, instead of using a leather dye the final coating was with Olive oil and I have to say I love the way a two tone effect has occurred to the leather. The knife and sheath in harmony. I'm pleased with this little sheath its turned out well. Leather working has certainly got my interest even though I'm still learning so much. The next project is a molded leather pouch for a Leatherman Wave currently a WIP.

Thank you for reading, till the next time.


Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Every Day Carry (EDC) Pouch

So I did mention in a previous post that I would be trying to make an Every Day Carry (EDC) pouch. It was slightly harder than anticipated.

Firstly the choice of items for my first attempt at an EDC? well I went for a UK legal pen knife along with a small torch. Despite both items being really well priced they both get glowing personal reviews. I only tend to buy any products after research which mainly revolves around user reviews.

Hennine Haynes  was the preferred choice for the purchases.

Schrade Sodbuster

Fenix E01 Mini Torch
I'm not going to go through the whole procedure of the manufacture of the EDC. However, I had to have two goes at trying to get it right. Again like many other projects I learnt so much and how to improve for the next time.

Firstly, cut the leather and wet mold it to the knife and torch easier said than done. Then let it dry and cut to the required shape.

Then cut the back section shape, glue, dye and sew job nearly done.

Finally use an old antler tang to work all the edges of the leather. I'm happy with the first attempt despite a few things that could have been completed in a better way. Despite all of that the knife and torch fit very well and are not loose and I like the EDC.

Thanks for reading.