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First try a making a handle

Discussion in 'Do-It-Yourself & Gear Modifications' started by Roof, Apr 25, 2015.

  1. Roof

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    Ok here is my first attempt at making a custom handle for a knife. It is inspired by the Helle Viking. I love the Mora but the handle seemed out of proportion to the blade. Please let me know what you think and any tips for future project . I ordered another mora for the blade to try with a fancier wood handle[​IMG]


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  2. Minibear453
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    Looks good. How'd you make it? Hollow it down the center, drop the tang in, and glue? Or using two slabs and carving in space for the tang?
     
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    I hollowed the center and used epoxy. Even using a drill press i t appears I was a bit off. The blade angles up just a tad. Lesson learned I need to use a square to double check before drilling
     
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    Moved to DIY forum. Nice looking handle for a first attempt.
     
  5. Roof

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    Thank you


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    That's a very good job!
     
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    I did a couple stick tangs like this, and for the final fit, put the blade in a vice, wrap with a wet rag and heat the end of the tang hot enough to burn it into the handle.
     
  8. Roof

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    Weren't you worried about ruining the temper of the blade by heating it


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    Yep, but the wet rag took care of that problem. May also just be simpler to put the blade into a container of water with only the tang exposed. I was thinking the Mora tangs are straight? That makes it a little easier, because you only need to heat the very tip - possibly grind it to a point. Saves a lot of time and gets an almost perfect fit.
     
  10. Roof

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    I will have to try that


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