Craft knife

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Muddypaws

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It's not very bushcrafty I know, but I use a craft knife quite a bit, for leather cutting, as well as model making, which I have been doing a lot of during lockdown. My preferred knife is the Swann-Morton orange plastic craft tool handle, with a number 1 blade. Unfortunately mine has developed some cracks radiating from the blade slot, so I decided to make a new handle from brass. I have copied the original shape as closely as possible, because I like it.

Swann-Morton by Alan Muddypaws, on Flickr

The new craft knife has some heft to it, but I love the feel of brass in my hand.

I am aware that Swann-Morton used to make a brass craft knife handle, but this has been replaced in the range by a stainless steel version. However, I like making things, and anyway the stainless one has got no soul!
 

Rambo Rees

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It's not very bushcrafty I know, but I use a craft knife quite a bit, for leather cutting, as well as model making, which I have been doing a lot of during lockdown. My preferred knife is the Swann-Morton orange plastic craft tool handle, with a number 1 blade. Unfortunately mine has developed some cracks radiating from the blade slot, so I decided to make a new handle from brass. I have copied the original shape as closely as possible, because I like it.

Swann-Morton by Alan Muddypaws, on Flickr

The new craft knife has some heft to it, but I love the feel of brass in my hand.

I am aware that Swann-Morton used to make a brass craft knife handle, but this has been replaced in the range by a stainless steel version. However, I like making things, and anyway the stainless one has got no soul!
That's imressive .....Like it
 
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Rambo Rees

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....May be beyond my capability but may I ask how you milled the blank brass piece and cut the really narrow blade groove etc?
 

Muddypaws

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....May be beyond my capability but may I ask how you milled the blank brass piece and cut the really narrow blade groove etc?
It's two pieces of flat brass bar, and the blade groove was milled into the inner surface of one piece using a router with a small HSS end mill, and some creative fixturing. Then the two halves were sweat soldered together. Similarly, the step on the outside was milled using the same router technique, then lots of hand work with scrapers and files.
 
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Brizzlebush

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It's not very bushcrafty I know, but I use a craft knife quite a bit, for leather cutting, as well as model making, which I have been doing a lot of during lockdown. My preferred knife is the Swann-Morton orange plastic craft tool handle, with a number 1 blade. Unfortunately mine has developed some cracks radiating from the blade slot, so I decided to make a new handle from brass. I have copied the original shape as closely as possible, because I like it.

Swann-Morton by Alan Muddypaws, on Flickr

The new craft knife has some heft to it, but I love the feel of brass in my hand.

I am aware that Swann-Morton used to make a brass craft knife handle, but this has been replaced in the range by a stainless steel version. However, I like making things, and anyway the stainless one has got no soul!
That's fantastic
It looks like it would be really satisfying to use.
 

Rambo Rees

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Aug 15, 2020
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Anglesey
It's two pieces of flat brass bar, and the blade groove was milled into the inner surface of one piece using a router with a small HSS end mill, and some creative fixturing. Then the two halves were sweat soldered together. Similarly, the step on the outside was milled using the same router technique, then lots of hand work with scrapers and files.
Impressive....and beyond my metal work skills. Respect.
 
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