HANDLE HELP PLEASE

Discussion in 'Knives, Swords, and other bladed weapons' started by Kevin Björn, Jan 25, 2018.

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  1. Kevin Björn

    Kevin Björn New Member

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    Hello everyone! I was hoping you could help me out. I underestimated how hard it would be to make a handle for my blade. I'd like any advice on anything from specific tools to use effectively, techniques, material and shape. I started out trying to make it on my own but I wasn't happy with the look and I scrapped it. I think I want it to be mahogany wood but I'm not even sure anymore. I just could really use some help as someone who doesn't normally craft handles and things but does want to learn as a hobby. Also I'm not sure if this image will show but I'll add the text link as well. https://imgur.com/a/r2Mjy [​IMG]
     
  2. kindlebear

    kindlebear Slinger of Shots

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    excuse me, but what in the name of [insert deity here] is this? :eek:

    as for the handle, use (for each side) a layer of rather thin plastic in a bright color and then one or two layers of a nice wood. cut out the handle shape a exactly as possible. thoroughly plane the surfaces before glueing and drill the holes for the pins seperately for every layer, using the hande itself as a template.
    use a good 2 component epoxi glue, give it enough time to cure and then have fun shaping and rounding the handle with a rasp, a file and sanding paper from coarse to fine.

    as this is a rather dark blade, I'd recommend a bright red for the plastic and then either a very dark wood or a very light wood.

    just as you please.
     
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  3. Kevin Björn

    Kevin Björn New Member

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    It's Damascus. Is there something wrong with it? Also just wondering the purpose of the red plastic? Thanks for the help!
     
  4. kindlebear

    kindlebear Slinger of Shots

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    nah, I referred to the odd shape of the blade.

    the purpose of the plastic? just as an optical contrast.

    View attachment upload_2018-1-26_10-57-55.jpeg


    oh, and when glueing the whole handle...use enough pressure to ensure a storng connection.
     
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  5. Kevin Björn

    Kevin Björn New Member

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    Aaah I see and yeah it's a bit odd but I like it. It's a hand made Damascus sword. Got it for under $100 and it's legit so I really can't complain. There is a more blunt part. I think I can just grind that sharp though. I'm excited to get the handle on and try it out. Also should I put a stain on it or something else?
     
  6. kindlebear

    kindlebear Slinger of Shots

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    the blunt part is kinda strange. even for a recurved blade like this...but i'd rather not grind that blade...

    coating? depending on the wood...
    personally I prefer oil and wax coating for wooden handles. there's plenty of advice on those 'round here.
     
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  7. Kevin Björn

    Kevin Björn New Member

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    You don't think sharpening that part is worth it? I think it wouldn't look so odd. I think it would allow the blade to penetrate more in a chopping motion. But hey I'm no expert on blades so I'm not sure if that would ruin the blade or not. I just need more wood, epoxy, and the oil. Then I'll be set to start on it again.
     
  8. kindlebear

    kindlebear Slinger of Shots

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    I'm no blade expert either but I'd rather not ruin it by accident.

    have fun making a cool handle and don't forget to post pic's of the process
     
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  9. Kevin Björn

    Kevin Björn New Member

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    Will do! Thanks for all the help. And if anyone has any other suggestions about the handle or the blade please let me know
     
  10. Knallfrosch

    Knallfrosch Senior Member

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    I like that guy... he is just as crazy as most of us here:D

    @Kevin Björn
    Thats a cool blade you got there... 100 bucks is definitely a bargain.
     
  11. Billy02

    Billy02 New Member

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    lets say if one does not wants to use glue, can the handle be attached just by pins, lets say the plan is to use 2 pins with glue, but can use 3 to 4 pins and no glue, would that not be a strong hold?
     
  12. Blankwalker

    Blankwalker Active Member

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    U can glue without having Pins
    Or
    Make Pins without glueing but then u have to hammer a Kind of head on the Pins, therefore use copper Pins ...and have lots of light hammer thrusts... Having a non brittle top Material doing these rivets.
    Works on antler , but what s left will be an ugly handle if there is gap between the Materials- so Please,
    Get the Pins in,
    Glue it all together,
    Done
     
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  13. Knallfrosch

    Knallfrosch Senior Member

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    pins use glue for stability as well. if you want to avoid glue,
    you can use screws or some sort of rivet or bolt.
     
  14. SteelJunky

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    Corby Bolts are amazing for that.