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Shaping knife handles
Jan 25th, 2018 at 4:42pm
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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.

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

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Re: Shaping knife handles
Reply #1 - Jan 26th, 2018 at 7:47am
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Great vids, your system is a lot more efficient than mine!
  
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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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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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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 2nd, 2018 at 8:45am
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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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Reply #7 - Aug 30th, 2018 at 9:22pm
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Hi Von Gruff - do you know where in NZ i would be able to purchase some loveless bolts?  Smiley
  

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Reply #10 - Jun 16th, 2019 at 10:48am
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Hi there. I like the idea of shaping the handle with the bandsaw.
What about your stainless/brass pins, bolts, tubes etc that holds the scales to the tang? Doesn't that blunt your blade too much when cutting through them??
  

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Reply #11 - Jul 7th, 2019 at 9:13am
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I have bi metal blades (10 tpi) for my wood working bandsaw the same as the 18tpi bi meta blades on my meta cutting bandsaw. Buy from NZ Bandsaw Brian  09 267 8570
  

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Reply #12 - Jul 7th, 2019 at 12:32pm
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Any more interesting knives for us to ogle VG ? Enjoyed looking at your work as things where made.
  
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Wasn't getting much conversation over them so stopped posting but have made over 250 in the last 18 mnths nad they have customers in 7 different countries now.
Buffalo horn and brass Safari Hunter

Damascus Buffalo skinner with buffalo horn bolster and spalted eucalyptus

Buffalo skinner with buffalo horn bolster and exhibition walnut, with a Pocket Ranger with Zebrawood.

Pair of daggers with brass and walnut

Buffalo skinner with copper and ebony

Pair of Old Westerns with Buffalo horn bolsters and Swamp Kauri

7 1/2 inch Chef with exhibition walnut

Hunter skinner with brass and Accacia

A pair of Bowies Copper and Tambotion one and micarta with eucalyptus on the other

Bowie with blued steel guard and eucalyptus



  

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General purpose kitchen knife with paper micarta and a paring knife with benchtop acrylic

A thumbrest skinner and a mini skinner, both with buffao horn bosters and accacia

A pair of Lion knives. One with Accacia and the other with eucalyptus

Mini skinner (buffao horn and wanut) and Hunter skinner with accacia

Filleter and Fisherman with natura canvas micarta

Safari knife  with buffalomhorn and zebrawood

set of table knives/steak knives with paper micarta over red liners

7 1/2 inch Chef with eucalyptus

Safari knife with buffalo horn

8 1/2 inch carving knife with paper micarta

AH EDC with Giraffe bone

Pair of 7 1/2 inch Chef knives with exhibition eucalyptus

Pair of Safari knives brass and buffalo horn and brass and giraffe bone

  

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