Wild Plum Knife Scales

Benjy

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This is my latest set of scales that I made. I put them on a 1084 chefs knife and my small personal carry. The small knife is 1084 and 15N20. I Make the handle material with shavings from the wood. Make sure you zoom in on the handle pictures!
 

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John Wilson

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That plum is spectacular! I see you make it from shavings- how does the wood look in block form? Nice knives, too!
 

Benjy

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I actually age the logs for at least a year, outside and covered. So the shavings come when I am chainsawing the logs into blocks that I cut into scales. This go around, I cut pecan, walnut, cedar and the wild plum.
 

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Chris Railey

KNIFE MAKER
Wait, you made those scales out of chips???? Did you just mix it up and cast it in resin? Would you give a brief rundown of how you did that if you do not mind. We generate piles of that stuff with the sawmill. I am all about no waste...Goes without saying but great knife.
 

John Wilson

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Wait, you made those scales out of chips???? Did you just mix it up and cast it in resin? Would you give a brief rundown of how you did that if you do not mind. We generate piles of that stuff with the sawmill. I am all about no waste...Goes without saying but great knife.

Shoot, after seeing those handles I’m about to rent a wood chipper and use up all the scraps from my handle trimmings!
 

Benjy

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Haha! I am still working out my process, I am getting alot of air bubbles in the casting. This all started after I stabilized some OSB plywood and put it on a knife, I have been experimenting with different size chips, resins and epoxy .
This is the OSB handle.
 

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Chris Railey

KNIFE MAKER
If you are getting bubbles and you have a degasser or stabilizing chamber maybe try pouring your casting and let it cure under vacuum in the chamber, that should, in my limited understanding, solve the air bubbles problem. I also have thought about using long cure epoxy and degassing it before I pour the casting but I think that would not work well as you would get air into the mix by pouring.
 

Benjy

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Yep, I need a bigger vacuum chamber, just googled it a few minutes ago.
I don't think you will get a good look with saw dust. Do you guys run a chipper at the saw mill?
 

Chris Railey

KNIFE MAKER
No but we run chainsaws and if that is better that is what I will try. I do have access to a chipper though, so maybe I can use that for some of the smaller walnut branches I am always trying to figure out what to do with. I just have this vision of walnut chips and maple chips mixed and cast like you did above.
 

Benjy

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Hmmm. I have not tried a horse turd but I am going to try and stabilize a cigar!
 
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