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Old 25-08-2011, 07:47 PM
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Default BG 'mascus puukko rehandle for the mook Spamel

Right, lets get this in before he inevitably says it...about time!
There, its done...happy now??

Anyway, some of you may remember this:



Which the ginger whinger promptly broke :shake:
(http://www.bushcraftliving.com/forum...light=damascus)

The reason being, because I foolishly let a non-knifemaker (one whom is all to quick to wax on about his apprenticeship) dictate to me that he wanted an intrinsically weak piece of wood, which he refused to let me get plasticised. :bernie:

The end result was the handle cracked when he batoned with it :shake:

I thought I'd document the steps I took replacing the handle from cross cut Yew to some Masur Birch (again, not selected by me...hence its a bit drab, it should at least hold up a bit better).
NB. Photo's with iPhone

I forgot to take a picture of the broken handle but here's what came away:



Firstly lose whats left of the handle using a coping saw:



Notice I have kept the Elforyn bolster and spacers intact, bar the piece of birch bark that meets the Yew. I've already made the sheath once, and am gonna try and make it fit. Not an easy feat when you consider I do it all by eye AND the sheath is measured to fit a specific handle and then wet stitched into place!!!

Next, make tang fit hole in block of birch bark, epoxy (inc. new birch bark spacer) and clamp....wait 24hrs:



This had already been badly drilled in part and also very badly filed, by a trained apprentice might I add!! :bernie:
Took a bit of work by my untrained hands to get it straight and fit nicely.

Actually waited 48 hrs cos I had Neil's EnZo sheath to do.

Once dry I marked out a rough sketch, using the original photo as a guide. Worth pointing out, when I make scandi handles, I very seldom pre-draw or sketch a design. I kinda do it by feel and let the blade dictate the shape of the handle. I had to do this also, but just aim to have a handle slender enough to fit the sheath.







I got a bit ahead and coping sawed off the excess, rough curve, before photo.

Once I've take off the edges/done the initial curves, i then start to round things off:







All of the above is done with my shoemakers rasp-file. This is a half round tool with a rasp and a b-a-s-t-a-r-d file on each side.
The one I buy is hand cut and very good. Most of the shape is rasped, and mainly with the half round face.

I continue to round off and get the shape pretty close.





Now I switch to 80 grit emery cloth. Tearing it into strips about an inch wide and about 10 inches long. I use the 'shoe shine' method.
Oh, and make sure I'm also wearing my dust mask!!!













I've also wet the handle a little here, to bring out the grain and colour a little.

I test fit the knife to see how we're doing....







....bab!

Still a way to go.
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Kept at it and worked it down with a couple more test fits and a bit more of a wet in between to bring the grain up.

Once I'm there I set to it with 240 grit.
Just work over it A LOT not by shoe shine this time, just loose in my hand.

Finally its done. Wipe it over with camelia oil and outside with the camera for some proper snaps!!



Still proud of this bolster fit!



And proof that I got it to fit:





Ta da!

Hope you enjoyed that, and for any of you that fancy giving a stick tang a go, maybe helped give a few pointers

Take it easy amigos.

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Top stuff mate as Always ,and should shut numbnuts up

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Old 25-08-2011, 08:07 PM
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Top stuff mate as Always ,and should shut numbnuts up

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I think the only way that's gonna happen is if we stick him with it Bernie!
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My precious! Looking good, but it'll be a while before I get my mitts on it! I owe you big stylee for that Scruff!
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Damn nice that, saw it first time out (shame it got cracked) and liked it a lot then but this is really nice
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Looks Fantastic nice work Scruff
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Default That is a nice one

I like the knife and the clean Scandi style of handle.

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Thanks gents, your kind words are much appreciated.
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You can't half make puukkot! Very useful guide with photos for us less experienced would-be knife handlers.

Great stuff,
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