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Canwell Knives
02-05-2003, 03:35 PM
I want to learn how to make pitch to be used as glue to hold on knife handles. I have no idea where to begin. Can you help?

Also, can you tell me something about the 'qualities' of pitch please.

Is it brittle, meaning would it fail as a fixitive, or is it flexable and tough and how does it perform as a fixitive to wood, metal and bone? Some glues and resins go brittle and fail after time (several years), does pitch do the same?


Jamey Saunders
02-05-2003, 03:43 PM
Tai uses pitch in his knives, and he hangs out in the Outpost Forum. You may want to try over there as well. (He'll probably see your post here, but I know he'll see it over there.)

Chuck Burrows
02-05-2003, 05:35 PM
Here's a recipe for making a hafting mixture that I got from a friend who is into flintknapping. It works great. The pitch you want is a natural product and comes from pine trees mainly. I can be bought at
Do a search for pitch on CKD and read what Tai and others have to say about it. Other good links can be gotten via a google search: just type in flint knapping or hafting with pitch.

5 parts pitch
1 part wood ashes
1 part tallow

Canwell Knives
02-08-2003, 03:50 AM
Thanks for the info. guys.