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Knife porn is hilarious, the gun guys are bad, the knife guys are flat out lunatics.

I love the show "forged in fire" so I started looking into custom knife building, because I need another expensive hobby like I need a hole in my head, and wow.... the level of nut job is mind boggling, between the prices they charge, for basically worthless knives, and the devotion to it... wow.
I was also looking into finally buying a "good" folder.... 1000$ for some of them... for something I'm probably going to lose, yea, I think I will stick to my 50$ kershaw
I bet those 1k folders are full custom deals from someone like Emerson. Look at the production emersons that can be had for $180-300.
 

Chip Spackler

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I keep a Schrade Old Timer in my car and carry a Buck.
 

Shootr

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Anyone know of a decent website for dating older/vintage knives?
 

Bobobie

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Anyone watch that show where people turn shitty scrap steel like railroad spikes into knives and swords ?
 

tattered

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I keep a Schrade Old Timer in my car and carry a Buck.
I carry a schrade asst opening knife at min if not my seal combat knife usually. I keep it sharp enough to shave with because im ocd like that
 

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Anyone watch that show where people turn shitty scrap steel like railroad spikes into knives and swords ?

Forged in Fire is a good show. The follow-up show with Goldberg and the goobers slashing, slicing their way through is good, too.
 

THE FEZ MAN

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I seem to have misplaced all of my kerwhaws I was going to buy a new one the other day but forgot
 

Haeder

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Have a couple knives from a guy that was on the Forged in Fire show. They are amazing.
 

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Picked up a pair of pocket knives off eBay, and the one I like best has the most beat up scales.





I'm wanting to replace them (I'm not a purest with old knives except for the steel). I don't care too much about the Shepherds Cross either, just want it to be "nicer" as a gentlemen's style carry knife.

Watching youtube videos on how to go about it, but I'm bored so figured I ask others if they have any advice on things like minimizing the joints/gaps, shaping around the corkscrew, etc.

It'll be mostly hand shaping with maybe the Dremel to rough it out at first.
 
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THE FEZ MAN

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https://www.woodcraft.com/

The only advice I can give is try not to overly damage the old ones trying to get them off because you’re going to need them for a template other wise you need to make paper templates. The brass pins you can buy as rod stock or solid copper wire if needed, if you don’t have a dremel tool I would invest in a variable speed one and an assortment of bits and sand paper.
Also think hard about the wood that you want to use avoid any thing soft like pine or weird grain like cheep Home Depot oak use something with a really tight grain like maple.
And plan on making them over sized and sanding them down, another thing is to not “rush” because you’re going to get weird shrinking issues, the grips for my .38 shrunk up bad and I’m probably gong to have to make some kind of filler for them to make it fit better
 

Haeder

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Picked up a pair of pocket knives off eBay, and the one I like best has the most beat up scales.





I'm wanting to replace them (I'm not a purest with old knives except for the steel). I don't care too much about the Shepherds Cross either, just want it to be "nicer" as a gentlemen's style carry knife.

Watching youtube videos on how to go about it, but I'm bored so figured I ask others if they have any advice on things like minimizing the joints/gaps, shaping around the corkscrew, etc.

It'll be mostly hand shaping with maybe the Dremel to rough it out at first.
Cut the wood to length so the fit is tight to the handle and do not sand/shape the ends until it is secured in place. Sanding the wood off of the handle may lead to rounding off of the ends.
 

Shootr

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I picked up these for the new ones.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/401481046421?ViewItem=&item=401481046421



The seller says they have been dried, didn't say how or for how long (not sure if that's BS or not) but I did check if they were "wet" or "dried".

Looks like a good handle choice per this database:

https://www.wood-database.com/katalox/

Thinking of grabbing a cheapo little sander for this kind of work - seems it would be handy for some of the other ni@@er-rigging I tend to do from time to time...



So after I get the scales cut to length, fitted, and glued/pinned - is 120 grit enough to shape it down or would 80 or 60 be more appropriate? I want to sneak up on the final shape, not hog it out in record time. I also don't want to burn the wood or belt by trying to do too much with too fine a grit.
 

THE FEZ MAN

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I picked up these for the new ones.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/401481046421?ViewItem=&item=401481046421



The seller says they have been dried, didn't say how or for how long (not sure if that's BS or not) but I did check if they were "wet" or "dried".

Looks like a good handle choice per this database:

https://www.wood-database.com/katalox/

Thinking of grabbing a cheapo little sander for this kind of work - seems it would be handy for some of the other ni@@er-rigging I tend to do from time to time...



So after I get the scales cut to length, fitted, and glued/pinned - is 120 grit enough to shape it down or would 80 or 60 be more appropriate? I want to sneak up on the final shape, not hog it out in record time. I also don't want to burn the wood or belt by trying to do too much with too fine a grit.
Get a full assortment of grits from 50-220 don’t buy cheep ass harbor freight sand paper, you will pay more but thank me later.
You might want to practice a little on some other stuff before jumping right into the project and carefully think out how you want the grain to go
 

Haeder

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Get a full assortment of grits from 50-220 don’t buy cheep ass harbor freight sand paper, you will pay more but thank me later.
You might want to practice a little on some other stuff before jumping right into the project and carefully think out how you want the grain to go
And don't skimp on the stain either. I'd recommend a visit to a gunsmith to see if you can pay a few bucks to use some of their stain/sealant.

If you've got access to a walnut tree you could finish your work with oil from walnut husks.
 

THE FEZ MAN

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And don't skimp on the stain either. I'd recommend a visit to a gunsmith to see if you can pay a few bucks to use some of their stain/sealant.

If you've got access to a walnut tree you could finish your work with oil from walnut husks.
That’s why I ousted the link to wood craft, they carry all that stuff, and have some good articles, you don’t have to buy their stuff but it’s a good starting point.
For a knife I would probably use lacquer or many coats of over reduced linseed oil.
I used lacquer on this one



 

Shootr

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Can't do it. I'll just fuck it up. That, and despite my best efforts, still can't get a picture that really shows the wood in a realistic light. They're not bad at all save for the slight shrink in one side at one end, and the obvious wear (character).

 

THE FEZ MAN

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Can't do it. I'll just fuck it up. That, and despite my best efforts, still can't get a picture that really shows the wood in a realistic light. They're not bad at all save for the slight shrink in one side at one end, and the obvious wear (character).

I don’t blame you, I probably wouldn’t try to remake them, you might want to apply some linseed oil reduced with a little mineral spirits, but it will take a long time for it to dry, another option is to put some WD/40 on it, I would probably go with the WD/40, it’s just naphtha/paraffin/bunker oil. It won’t hurt it and might swell the wood a little, it looks dried out. I’m a huge fan of WD/40 even though it gets plenty of flack, I like it