New Handle

Apr 5, 2000
I started my new project yesterday. I took the handle off an old BAS blem. The keeper and buttcap came off with a little chisel and file work. I stuck the handle in a coffee can full of boiling water. It was about 5 below zero so it took about an hour to get the water boiling. I was glad I did this outside, especially when the laha started to melt, the kamis do a good job squeezing that skunk smell into the handle. I cleaned off the tang, and started to do a little blade re-profiling. I still have the hard part ahead of me. I have to find a nive piece of timber and shape it. I haven't decided if I want to do any carving or just leave it plane. I will keep you guys up to date on the project. Take it easy everyone. Happy Holidays.
You can do it Matthew!!!
A good tip is to make the handle bigger around than you think it needs to be. It's easy to take the wood down to size, but I have had to start over 2 or 3 times when I 1st started making handles from trying to make them to close to finished size.
Another tip if you're gonna make it traditional with the ring around the center is the use of super glue.
If you glue the end grain of the center ring after you have one end exposd it will keep it from chipping out, another reason I have had to start over.
The kamis make everything look so dayumed easy and I am sure it is to them.


Each person's work is always a portrait of himself.

---- Samuel Butler.

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