Knife Build #22


I ordered this Hock carving knife blade from Hock Tools.

It is model CKCB100, a one inch chip carver knife blade made from high carbon steel and hardend to Rc62. This carving knife will be used in my shop.

It will have handle scales from a piece of bocote.

For the most part, all of the steps in this process are identical to the knife build #5, a carving knife.

Details of that #5 build are shown in greater detail here.

Info about knife blades is available at Hock site


The handle for this blade will be relatively thin and short.

Here the area to be rebated is marked...the blank is held in a pattern maker's vise.

The " deep rebate was created with a markout line knifed in...the bulk of waste was pulled with a hand router...

...and the touch up with paring chisels.
The blade in the rebate.
The blanks are ready for the holes...
I drilled one 5/32 hole using the blade tang hole as a guide...then stuck a pin in that hole to make sure the second hole was properly located.
The two scale blanks were then taped together and the holes were drilled in the second scale.
The front edge was marked out to be rough cut at the scroll saw.
Then the front edges of this handle were formed because they will not be able to be worked after glue up...used 80x on Rotex 90.
Dry fit...ready for epoxy
The knife was then epoxied and clamped overnight...blank is now ready for shaping...
The handle was worked on the belt sander, 80x.
The upper edge of the handle was ground until the spine was exposed and coplanar.
After the desired shape was acheived, further removal of wood was done with the Rotex 90 sander...the grits were progressed from 40x-80x-120x-220x-320x-400x.

The finishing cycle consisted of multiple coats of Waterlox© wiping varnish.

Each coat was saturated and then dried using wet/dry sandpaper.

Two saturations and rub-ins were done at each grit from 400x-600x-800x-1000x.

The finish was extremely smooth.


Finished knife.





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