MEMBER ITEMS FOR SALE
Custom Knives | Other Knives | General Items
-------------------------------------------
New Posts | New PhotosAll Photos



Go Back   The Knife Network Forums : Knife Making Discussions > Custom Knife Discussion Boards > Knife Making Discussions > The Newbies Arena

The Newbies Arena Are you new to knife making? Here is all the help you will need.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 03-20-2015, 07:21 PM
PoolQs PoolQs is offline
Skilled
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Indiana
Posts: 359
1st Molded Handle - WIP

Hello everyone,

I was playing around with my paring knife and thought to myself, "why can't I make a
molded handle? Kitchen knives don't have to be full tang..."

I was in the foundry business for about 5 years and very familiar with casting, molding,
cope, drag, cores, etc. I looked everywhere on the forums and net to see how others,
if any, put together molded handles and what they use. I really didn't find much.

I set off to make my own mold but really couldn't figure out how to do a one piece mold or
even a cope/drag mold. This is what I could come up with. I know it is VERY novice, which
I am, but it seems to have come out better than expected.

I am coming to all of you to get better insight on how others do this or the setup you
use or even some direction on where to turn to.

Any help would be gracious !!! Of course, comments and critiques welcomed and asked for.
Troy

[IMG][/IMG]

[IMG][/IMG]

[IMG][/IMG]

[IMG][/IMG]

[IMG][/IMG]

[IMG][/IMG]

[IMG][/IMG]

[IMG][/IMG]

[IMG][/IMG]
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 03-20-2015, 08:12 PM
Ray Rogers's Avatar
Ray Rogers Ray Rogers is offline
Founding Member / Moderator
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Wauconda, WA
Posts: 9,795
I've seen guys cast aluminum handles and I'm sure somebody else has cast resin handles before (nothing new under the sun so they say) but I don't think its very common so I'm not surprised that you didn't find much info on the process. Even so, looks to me like you did it about as well as it can be done and, now that you have, their is some info for someone else to find .....


__________________

Your question may already have been answered - try the Search button first!






Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-20-2015, 09:49 PM
BCROB's Avatar
BCROB BCROB is offline
Master
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: BC
Posts: 884
good on ya for trying , looks like it turned out pretty good , well done !!

I guess now your only limited to whatever your imagination can come up with

are you going to do more ?


__________________
R.Watson
B.C. Canada
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-20-2015, 11:10 PM
MVPeterson's Avatar
MVPeterson MVPeterson is offline
Steel Addict
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Logandale, Nevada
Posts: 221
Looks good. I'm actually surprised their isn't more info on doing molded knife handles. Please keep us posted on what you learn. Thanks for sharing.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-21-2015, 03:49 AM
ATalley's Avatar
ATalley ATalley is offline
Skilled
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Greenwood IN
Posts: 325
Well done sir. Looks like it came out pretty darn nice! I think you're on too something there.

Very cool! What type of resin did you use?


__________________
AT

"We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends." Shel Silverstein
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-21-2015, 05:40 AM
PoolQs PoolQs is offline
Skilled
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Indiana
Posts: 359
Thanks everyone !!! Alex ... you do still exist !!! I am trying to make multiples of these knives for
presents to my scouts when they earn their cooking merits. MVP had a great idea of using a plaster-of-paris
type mold but I am trying to find a method that I don't have to remold and recast each and everyone.

Alex, this knife was made from black canvas material with fiberglass resin. When I get to the point of
being able to produce these, I will be using West System epoxy and a try a rubber product as well.

I will be making 3 type of blades - warcliff (only way I know to describe it, above), center point, and std. style.

Thanks for the input !! Any more help would be appreciated.
Troy
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-21-2015, 08:11 AM
jdale jdale is offline
Skilled
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Lansing MI
Posts: 471
At one point I bookmarked a site about micarta cast handles but for the life of me I can't find it anywhere. The maker did almost nothing but cast handles and he had some really interesting tutorials. I'll have to see if I can find it.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-21-2015, 04:36 PM
Hunter10139's Avatar
Hunter10139 Hunter10139 is offline
Skilled
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Northern Alabama
Posts: 396
Good job man, I've never seen anyone outside of a production knife company do molded knives. Very cool.


__________________
-Hunter
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-30-2015, 11:47 AM
jdale jdale is offline
Skilled
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Lansing MI
Posts: 471
I found the link i was looking for. It isnt forming the final product around the knife but i thought it would have a few tips to help you on your way

http://www.britishblades.com/forums/...-Scales-My-Way
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 03-31-2015, 08:34 PM
PoolQs PoolQs is offline
Skilled
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Indiana
Posts: 359
Thanks for sending me this link jdale !!! From what I read, I really wasn't THAT far off.
Read some great areas to help "tweek" my design and layouts. Thanks a bunch.
Troy
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 03-31-2015, 11:35 PM
jdale jdale is offline
Skilled
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Lansing MI
Posts: 471
No problem troy, I was impressed with his take on the subject and I knew book marking it would eventually come in handy. The molded handle is on my to do list but so is about 500 other things.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 05-13-2015, 11:17 PM
MVPeterson's Avatar
MVPeterson MVPeterson is offline
Steel Addict
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Logandale, Nevada
Posts: 221
I found a book that can be downloaded as a pdf by Harold Hoffman called The advanced knife makers manual. Haven't had a chance to read much of it yet, but while skimming through it I noticed it had some info on molds. Worth checking out PoolQs
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 05-14-2015, 07:31 AM
jemoran jemoran is offline
Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 33
Troy, maybe I can give you a little heads up. It looks like what you are using now is polyester resin. When you switch to epoxy, it needs to be protected from UV light or it will yellow. You may not find that desirable. Also epoxy applied in bulk can get very hot very fast, you may need to take that into account if you are planning a gang mold.

Nice job on the knife.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 05-14-2015, 10:49 PM
PoolQs PoolQs is offline
Skilled
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Indiana
Posts: 359
Thx MVP ... I found the manual and have downloaded it in my knife book collection along with Loveless.
Skimmed through it and it does have a good section on molding, about 25 pages. I look forward to
spending some time and giving it a good read. Thanks !

Jemoran - Thanks for the heads up. I now have 5 done. 3 with the resin and 2 with epoxy. You are
correct about it heating quickly. I used West System epoxy which is used in the marine world. It is
supposed to have a UV protectorant incorporated in the epoxy. I am going to make a few more soon and
just keep them in the sunlight and see if there is a major color issues. I will try to put up a couple of
pixs soon.

Again, thank you all for your encouragement and help !!!
Troy
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 05-27-2015, 09:39 PM
PoolQs PoolQs is offline
Skilled
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Indiana
Posts: 359
Finally got my first 5 molded handled paring knives completed. These are still prototypes and will be
given away but have learned a lot from these. Next set will use different mediums and expoxys.
All comments welcomed !! Troy

[IMG][/IMG]

[IMG][/IMG]
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
blades, casting, common, design, epoxy, full tang, handle, handles, how to, kitchen, kitchen knives, knife, knives, made, make, making, man, material, micarta, molding, paring, paring knife, resin, scales, tang


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
help with handle please cwiehle0 The Newbies Arena 6 11-05-2009 12:45 AM
how would you handle this? s mcfall The S.R. "Steve" Johnson Forum 6 03-07-2008 09:05 AM
Molded, moulded leather. brumbie The Sheath/Holster Makers Forum 6 09-23-2007 11:58 AM
Finishing the handle-guard, handle-tang junction? C_Claycomb Fit & Finish 7 06-25-2003 01:33 AM
too hot to handle vdkknives The Newbies Arena 1 06-25-2001 12:56 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:57 AM.




KNIFENETWORK.COM
Copyright © 2000
? CKK Industries, Inc. ? All Rights Reserved
Powered by ...

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
The Knife Network : All Rights Reserved