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Old 02-08-2014, 08:47 AM
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Cork Handled Camp Knife

Here's one I just finished up.

I'm loving the properties, grip, feel and look of the cork...

Overall length- 16-1/2 inches

Handle- Natural cork (ebonized)
(Turks head knot- woven cotton cord, sealed with orange flake shellac)

Ferrule and end piece- Copper and bronze

Blade- forged from 1065 steel







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Old 02-08-2014, 05:59 PM
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No, it just patinas the surface, turns it blackish like ebony.

Properties of natural cork:
http://www.corklink.com/index.php/th...rties-of-cork/

https://repositorium.sdum.uminho.pt/...005/1/0105.pdf


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Old 02-09-2014, 08:19 AM
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Someone used to make a cork handles fishing knife back in the 50's. They bounced around in tackle boxes and held up pretty well.


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Old 02-09-2014, 08:42 AM
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Cork handles are not new. Probably the most common is in fishing rod handles. Handles are a recommended widely used application of cork. You just don't see many (if any) contemporary custom knifemakers using it. It's very durable, absorbs shock, great wet or dry grip, fire retardant, UV tolerant, impermeable, hypoallergenic, air and waterproof, lightweight, doesn't shrink or crack like most woods etc.

Amazing stuff!... Likely the best "working" grip of any natural or synthetic material. It maybe a bit of a culture shock (aprox., 89% air), but once you get around that, it's all downhill. I made myself a small cork handled knife a while back and it's holding up great.

It has properties like nothing else. The advantages, by far, outweigh any possible disadvantages. I'll definitely be making more.... Popularizing it in the custom knife field is long over due. Given time, I'm sure it will become very trendy, and I don't mind leading the way.


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Tai, you are a constant source of inspiration and admiration to me. If I'm ever HALF as good at this as you, I'll consider myself fortunate.
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Tai is always making the old new again. And usually better looking too. Right on Brother!
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Great idea. I'd like to 'handle' something like that (pun intended).


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Thanks for the two links above - very compelling.


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Old 05-24-2014, 08:38 AM
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Thanks. I actually have a new one on the bench right now. I'll post pix on this board when it's done.


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Hi Tai, beautiful work sir! Your fit and finish looks impeccable!

I've been thinking of creating a 4 1\2 inch filet knife and using cork for the handle (to match a fly rod). I was wondering if you had a supplier glue and or compress the cork to your specs when you bought it, or if you bought it like any other handle material in blocks and cut it to shape. Possibly using a wood lathe to turn it, or cutting it to shape and sanding with sandpaper.

Also do you order from the company who you've added the link above, from Portugal?

Thank you for posting, and any advice you could share with us less experienced guys!


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Thanks.

I've tried some of the composition cork (lots of little bits fused together) blocks, but didn't like them as well as the natural cork.

Most fishing rod making supply sites sell cork rings for fishing rods in various grades. You glue those together yourself, usually over some type of rod or metal tubing, under screw and washer compression. This one is from a natural cork block (slabs of cork stacked, pressed and pre-glued together). With the block, you have to drill the hole, unlike the rings. I think the holes in the rings are stamped out rather than drilled. Yes, it's turned on a lathe, but could be done with rasps and sandpaper.

I haven't ordered from Portugal, yet. The fishing rod rings are probably your best bet for quality and consistency. You could probably find some to match your rod. It's hard to find good quality natural cork blocks and supplies seem a bit shaky. If you balance it out you can make a fishing/filet knife with a cork handle, that floats.


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Great info, thank you! Ill check into that and post when I get it going


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