Knife Build #11


I ordered this Hock Paring Knife Kit from Hock Tools.

The 3.5 inch paring knife kit consists of a wonderful Hock blade and the necessary pins. The kit is Model #KP350.

This knife was built for my sister, Gail. However, during the grinding phase on the stationary sander, I made an angle error and took off too much material in the wrong place. I took over this knive as a shop knife.

It will have handle scales from bloodwood.

For the most part, all of the steps in this process are identical to the first knife.

The entire knife 1 build process can be seen here.


Info about knife kits is available at Hock site




Wood Selection and Scale Prep

The #KP350 blade is made from high-carbon tool steel.

It was forged in France and sharpened by Ron in California.

PDF Hock Knife Kit Instructions



Cutting the blank into scales.
The blank was a piece of bloodwood brought to me from Virginia by my brother Tom.
The blade was covered in tape for protection. The blade comes incredibly sharp.
Pin holes are drilled...this is the test fit...
Searching for a new way to shape the front edge of the scales...I planed them simultaneously with LN 51 on the shooting board...
This created very nice, clean angles...
...which I rounded on the ready for glue

Epoxy Setup


The inside surfaces of the scales and the tang of the blade were sanded to 150x to provide a better adhesion surface.

Then the mating surfaces and the pins were cleaned with acetone.

I chose a strong, water-resitant epoxy adhesive, Devcon 2 Ton® Epoxy...comes in two 4.5 oz. bottles.
To mix...equal dollops of the resin and the hardener were squeezed out.
then mixed...
The adhesive was then spread on to one side of the tang...then the knife tang and scales are clamped overnight.
On this knife I fared better with the preliminary epoxy stage...I had some blow outs in previous knives during the pin I beveled one end of each pin with a sanding block...100x...this made the pin insertion go very is the unit epoxied...
and clamped...



After glue up, the first shaping phase of the grinding of the wood and the metal was done on a belt sander with 80x paper.

I try to avoid dust so I ran both shop air filter systems and wore a protective mask.


Secondary grinding the pins was done on the 1 x 30 belt sander with 80x paper.

Further removal of metal and wood was done with the Rotex 90 sander with 40x paper.

After all the metal and wood was taken down to proper size, the grits were progressed on the Rotex 90 from 40x-80x-120x-220x-320x-400x.

No finish was put on this is being used as a shop knife.





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