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Macassar marking knife

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Macassar marking knife

Postby Doug » 27 Oct 2016, 17:12

At Harrogate last year I bought a Pfeil marking knife from classic hand tools, it had a much thicker blade than my other marking knifes & over the last 11 months it has become my go to knife.
The one thing is I have quite big mits & the handle on the pfeil wasn't that big so as I like the blade so much I decide to re-handle it to better fit my grip.

I started by making a nice thick walled ferrule at a mates

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With the ferrule made it was time to make the handle, I found a nice offcut of Macassar Ebony in the scraps box & turned a shape that that suited my grip & I liked the feel of.

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The blade fitted in the handle

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Don't know how well this will show up but I sanded a flat on the back of the handle again at the lathe using a large sanding disc, hopefully this flat will help the knife from rolling off the bench.

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Re: Macassar marking knife

Postby Andyp » 27 Oct 2016, 17:49

Very cool. How come you just happen to have Macassar Ebony in the scrap box? :D
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Re: Macassar marking knife

Postby Doug » 27 Oct 2016, 18:32

Thanks Andy, I'm fortunate to know a few cabinetmakers who are kind enough to pass on their off cuts to me, 60x20x20 mm is big enough for some pen kits so they know I'll be interested in all but the smallest offcuts of any interesting timber
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Re: Macassar marking knife

Postby Rod » 27 Oct 2016, 20:21

Very nice - I made one a while back out of Blackwood. Stuck some sacrificial softwood on the sides during turning to create the flat sides.

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Re: Macassar marking knife

Postby Tusses » 30 Oct 2016, 16:59

Nice .. I have a Japanese knife I still use raw .. one day I'll make a nice handle for it :-)
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Re: Macassar marking knife

Postby Commander » 26 Nov 2016, 16:46

Looks very good Doug, I like the idea of adding a flat to the handle to stop it from rolling away!
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