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Shaping knife handles
Jan 25th, 2018 at 3:42am
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A couple of videos of how I take the knife handle from the square to the finished shape using bandsaw, belt grinder and rasp. All the knife details can be found on my website http://www.vongruffknives.com/ The JT Ranger knife in the last video is the prototype knife and the sample pic will be uploaded to the website in a week when the knife is finished although all the details are there under the knife design/other knives section.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXW1sGE_Jrg&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtyuCJYKez8&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGJeRJwSM1A&feature=youtu.be
  

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Re: Shaping knife handles
Reply #1 - Jan 25th, 2018 at 6:47pm
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Great vids, your system is a lot more efficient than mine!
  
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Reply #2 - Jan 26th, 2018 at 4:24am
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Thanks Mitch. cutting the initial shape on the bandsaw has reduced the grinding belt usage and can now do over 4 to 5 times the number of handles on the one  belt than I could by doing it all on the belt grinder. I use the cheaper AO belts for the handles so I can keep a sharp belt that cuts quicker and more cleanly.
  

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Reply #3 - Apr 17th, 2018 at 7:39pm
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Nice work
  
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Reply #4 - Apr 29th, 2018 at 11:37am
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Helpful videos ther vongruff. Just been re-shaping my old mans knife blade that snapped at the handle, just wondering what wood would you recommend for a handle? not too sure on where to look and what to look for. thanks anything helps
  
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Reply #5 - May 1st, 2018 at 6:39am
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Any of the hardwoods will make a good handle. I have used walnut, jarah, rimu, hickory, bluegum and a lot of exotic woods as well. The other thing you can use is to go to a kitchen bench maker and get a piece of corian which is one of the synthetics or make your own micarta with strips of paper, linnen or canvas soaked in fiberglass resin and pressed together.
  

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Reply #6 - May 1st, 2018 at 8:45pm
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thanks ive actually got some fiberglass resin so might look into that. does the wood have to be dry? If I was to harvest my own how long would a good time to wait before I use it. cheers
  
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