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Knife handle material?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by TomADC, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. TomADC

    TomADC Well-Known Member

    I going to clean up a old knife it had the leather rings but whats the thoughts on using hard wood rings for a replacement? Any thoughts on should they be glued together? What finish to use.
  2. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    I've not seen that so I have to assume there are issues with it. OTOH, if you use stabilized wood and you stack them under pressure with epoxy I don't see why that shouldn't work. I've seen wood spacers before used for contrast so you should be able to make it work (if they're stabilized).

    The Scandinavians use cork and birch bark to do what you're thinking of doing.

  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Yes, you can.
    Here is one I made using walnut & ebony.


    The problem you will have with wood rings is, wood is not compressible.
    The leather is, and can be clamped to compress the stack while getting the butt cap pinned back on.
    That keeps it tight nearly forever.

    If you use wood, or leather, glue each ring with slow-set epoxy.

    Last edited: Jan 27, 2014
  4. TomADC

    TomADC Well-Known Member

    I have several pieces of walnut, maple and a couple of others 1/4 x 4 x 36 I bought from Rocklers all are hardwoods and I have a large assortment of hole saws for the blanks. Give me something to do and keep me out of trouble.
  5. jerkface11

    jerkface11 Well-Known Member

    I would do it like the one rc posted. Except with maple in the middle.
  6. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Give it a whirl. You might be able to do something that hasn't been done yet.
  7. jerkface11

    jerkface11 Well-Known Member

    Make sure you post pics when it's done!
  8. TomADC

    TomADC Well-Known Member

    I'm going to play around with one of the knives that was in the safe, I was able to remove the original handle with my fingers no tools required. But want to clean it up to maybe make a useful knife. I've let most of these go and kept the worst ones to tweak a bit.
  9. Piraticalbob

    Piraticalbob Well-Known Member

    Do a Google Image Search on *Dalton Holder My Knife* to see what the absolute master of that knife handle style is capable of. He was fond of using oosic, also known as fossilized walrus penis bone. :D
  10. TomADC

    TomADC Well-Known Member

    I'm doing the second from the right.

  11. TomADC

    TomADC Well-Known Member

    Best laid plans etc etc found a reasonable place to buy stamped leather washers so I'm going that route.
  12. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Last edited: Jan 30, 2014
  13. TomADC

    TomADC Well-Known Member

    Yes I have that link, think it would be hard with out that, my pins are rusted up pretty bad my have to drill the heads off.
  14. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I was wondering if once you have all the rings off, you could drill into the inside plate from an angle from the front to reach the pins.
    And then get a punch in the holes to knock the pins out from the front and save them??

    I think once you got them to move just a little they could be pulled and saved for reuse.

    Might be worth a try.

    Also wondered if the front plate could be rotated as far as the notch allows and get a punch in then?

    The 225-Q is about the only WWII GI knife I have never had apart to rehandle.

  15. TomADC

    TomADC Well-Known Member

    I wire brush as much of the rust built up on the exposed pin points and I'm soaking them in oil of wintergreen. I've had good luck with it being able it free up really rusted things.

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