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Post  Paul L on Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:00 pm

Here are the knives I have made since leaving Kroka, I'm sure lots of people have lots of cool knives that the have made and I would love some good old inspiration.
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Post  Oliver Mednick VSP '10 on Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:33 am

Apple wood and birch bark, peened together
Cherry burl
Redwood burl with a cherry burl cap

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Post  Jake Olsan on Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:31 pm

Sweet forum!
Oliver, I'm out in redwood country (the central part of it), and I very seldom find harvestable burls, that's awesome that you were able to get one back east.

I might have to venture the redwood's range to find a spot where they're more common.


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Post  Oliver Mednick VSP '10 on Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:29 pm

I actually got it from a friend, who got it from a friend, who knew a guy, who had a dog... you know how it goes. Somewhere along that train was a guy who makes stuff out of redwood burls professionally, and somehow my friend got a bunch of scraps from those creations.
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Post  Oliver Mednick VSP '10 on Sat Apr 28, 2012 7:08 pm

Antler Opinel
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Post  Paul L on Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:08 pm

That's pretty cool, how did you cut the groove for the blade?
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Post  Oliver Mednick VSP '10 on Sun Apr 29, 2012 3:19 am

I used a dremel cutting disk. I didn't want to use any edged tools as the antler would either turn it away or ruin the edge.
I was also thinking of scrimshawing a picture or design on the antler... suggestions?
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Post  Malcolm vsp esp 12 on Mon Jan 07, 2013 2:56 am

how do you get the blade out of the openel?

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Post  Oliver Mednick VSP '10 on Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:55 am

You need to get a pair of needle nose pliers and put them inside the opening of the twisty thing. Then, you open up the pliers and that pries it open. It shouldn't stay bend, it's springy. Watch out though, the first time I look one off it hit three walls before coming to rest. Then there is a little rivet you need to grind down and out so you can get the interior piece and the blade free.

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Post  Malcolm vsp esp 12 on Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:15 pm

oh true, sounds like fun

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Post  Andy VSP 06 on Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:14 pm

Nice knives folks! I just finished making a sheath, but I don't have beeswax to put it in. Any suggestions for a good oil finish? I am still working on the knife itself, I'll put a picture up when its all cleaned up.
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Post  Ezra Fradkin ESP '11 on Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:13 am

We used Lard in Ecuador. Adds a nice shine and darkening effect to the leather. Then dry it by a fire.
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Post  Oliver Mednick VSP '10 on Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:22 am

I usually just use melt down parafin candles, until the wax is just smoking. When I used beeswax I had less success, and I had to scrape off wax at the end.
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