First Knife 2018

Discussion in 'Knife Dogs Main Forum' started by opaul, Jan 9, 2018.

  1. opaul

    opaul Well-Known Member

    It was so cold and so miserable I couldn't get out to the shop to do any work at the end of 2017. I had this blade roughed out so with the weather in the 60's today I decided to finish it. Here she is - 7-1/4" with a 3-1/8" blade; African Blackwood scales, SS pins, carbon fiber lanyard tube, 440 para-cord with a titanium bead.
    It was so nice I moved my chair out in the sun and finished hand sanding to 800 grit and then polished with stropping compound.
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2018
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  2. Dennis Morland

    Dennis Morland KNIFE MAKER

    opaul - Getting better and better with each knife that you get finished.

    I really like how African Blackwood finishes out on a handle. But, man is it hard compared to some of the other softer wood choices.
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  3. opaul

    opaul Well-Known Member

    Thank you Dennis!
    I love the finish on African Blackwood to. The subtle grain pattern is really beautiful and it takes a finish for sure. Yep, it's hard, I wore out a 100 grit belt and a 120 grit belt getting it to the point I could start hand sanding.
    Has anyone tried to rasp this wood to rough shape? I'm wondering if it would tear out?
  4. Kevin Zito

    Kevin Zito KNIFE MAKER

    Looking good! I love Blackwood also.
  5. Von Gruff

    Von Gruff Well-Known Member

    I did some of the preliinary shaping with the bandsaw but used a coarse file rather than a rasp to do the shaping before getting to the sandpapers when I used the blackwood.
  6. opaul

    opaul Well-Known Member

    I've got to get some silicon carbide belts to do wood finishing. I have mostly ceramic belts and the wood wastes these belts pronto.
  7. GeneK


    I haven't used blackwood, but I love a 1" scalloped belt for shaping and sanding handles. I've split 2" belts before but the scalloped edges make a big difference on tight curves.
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