Hallo knife makers! I wan't to show my latest knifemaking / restoration for one lady. She gave me a vintage USSR made stainless knife blade, with lost handle scales.
I take it to restore (clean, put a new handle, sharpen it and make a sheath).
Handle is made out of two differnt types of wood oak (in the middle) and pine tree
I broke more than three handle scales. Problem was a very flexible blade and handle part. When handle scales are made out of wood and wood grains are going lengthways, than when blade is flexing, handle scales don't flex and near the pins you get a crack. I broke this way two handles. Than I take an oak scales, grains are going breadthways to knife (I hope you understand what I mean) and glue them with pine tree scales and glue them on blade.
Than different grain direction and glue hold blade much better and don't allow to flex so much in handle part.
Drill holes for pins and glue them inside. When handle was glued I shape the handle like the original scale was shaped on blade. Than I take a linseed oil and make oak more interesting. I don't put linseed oil on pine tree, because pine tree is getting more red. When handle was finished I steep handle into the lacquer. After 24h handle was ready! I know it isn't best job, but it it is the best what I could do on that knife. Shaping was near nightmare, because I don't have a dremel tool, or something what I can use for details, I was doing everything with my drill machine and flex sanding disc.
To make knife more usible I make a sheath out of Italian high quality leather and add some bushcraft options :) All leather piece what I had I use it for sheath. Main thing was a sheath it self, to make it more interesting I left a pocket (place where firesteel striker is hidden). There could be placed a pocket knife, fisshing accesories, some fire wod sticks or else something. Firesteel: When I go to the nearest hunting/fishing... store for firesteel, I found only the smallest light my fire by Sweeden, I buy it and blace it on side of the sheath. Unfortunately I was planing to put there larger firesteel so that loop was too big for small one and I was need to stich it smaller. If owner will buy bigger one, he can easy rip open the stich and put larger one!
Okay, I hope you like what I done! Please comments and suggestions!
Great job, Ivars, one day you may be a knife maker.
That looks great. I like the contrast of the two different woods. Knice work.
Beautiful handles on the knife! They really look good together.
Awesome fix to a wood scale issue and it came out just beautiful
Only just realised that I never commented on this. I love the scales on that thing Ivars. I think you did a really good job on those.
Well you seem to be doing very well with the re-handling Ivars. Folks that can make an old knife new are just as important in our world as the ones that can create one.
I like the job you did on the old blade. It was in need of help it sounds like. If the owner likes it, she should take good care of it. Ivars I just wanted to say I’m sorry for not being a part of the group. I truly thought I would have more time.