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Cooper Braun-Enos




Location: Boulder, Colorado
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PostPosted: Tue 01 May, 2012 7:48 pm    Post subject: Putting a handle on a knife blade (the historical way)         Reply with quote

Here is a question for you all. I have a blade a friend gave me (Helle of Norway #HB-95, as seen here http://www.ragweedforge.com/BladeCatalog.html). I have a nice piece of apple wood I have worked into a handle, and also ring of reindeer antler that I was thinking of using as a spacer at the top of the handle. Doing as much research as I could I have found references to using pine pitch or pewter as a binder between blade and handle. But I wanted to ask about anybody's personal experiences. I am just getting into knife making, and would love any help (good books, websites, or advice) anyone would like to throw my way. My immediate questions:
1) Does anybody have experience attaching antler to wood? Type of glue?
2) Does anybody have experience with using either pewter or pitch to secure a blade into a handle?

Thank you
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Myles Mulkey




Location: US
Joined: 31 Jul 2008

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PostPosted: Wed 02 May, 2012 8:02 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Haven't tried it, but cutler's resin would have been the commonplace method for doing this. Here are a couple pages talking about specific recipes.

http://forums.dfoggknives.com/index.php?showtopic=1403
http://forums.dfoggknives.com/index.php?showtopic=22631

Hope that helps.

"There wrought Regin
by the red embers
rune-written iron
rare, enchanted;"
-Tolkien
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