I'm into recycling...


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Hi all,
I'm pretty new here and can't compare my work to the veteran knifemakers in this group, but I'm having fun. I'm not a metal worker or into forging, mostly a woodworker. Thought I'd share a few items with you. A couple of recycle projects and a kit or two I finished or am working on. I like to scour the local thrift stores, yard sales and goodwill clearance center for usable blades and handle materials. Much cheaper to screw up on that stuff while I figure out what I'm doing... maybe I'll graduate to buying better blades someday.

This is an old Rapala filet knife blade that needed a new handle. Paid $1 for a deer antler candle holder at a thrift store and the corian spacer is a counter sample piece from Home Depot. Wood is walnut.

This is a Sarge letter opener "kit" from Rockler I made for my wife for mothers day. Scales are Bocote.

Been finding a few Chicago Cutlery knives at yard sales lately for about a dollar apiece. Put a new Purpleheart handle on this one.

Found a little Maple(?) burl birdhouse at the Goodwill store for $2 and thought I might get some nice handle scales out of it.
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Here's just some other kit knives I've done since starting this hobby last Fall in an effort to give some unique Xmas gifts to family members...
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Thanks for viewing! (working on my photography techniques too!)
Finally got the scales on and sanded/oiled. Lots of issues with alignment on my laminated spacers, and really screwed up the guard after this pic was taken. Good learning experience with materials I hadn't worked with much before: Metal and fiber spacers, mosaic pins, synthetic turquoise, burled mystery wood, and angled joint... all kinda new to me. And I need more patience and attention to details. Learnin' !
10 Maple and marble.jpg