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Knife For Cutting Leather

Discussion in 'Leather & Kydex Tools and Equipment' started by John Noon, Sep 16, 2016.

  1. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Well I figured after getting fed up with a cheap knife made for cutting leather and numerous X-Acto blades it was time I broke down and made a decent knife (not great) but useable.

    It is sort of loosely based on a Japanese Kiridashi which had the thin angled blade I thought would work best.

    The spacer moved as I was gluing up and normally would be torn apart and redone but in reality I am not sure I will like the handle so I am running with it for now.
    Even tried my first free hand grinding on this knife since it was small and if I really messed up I could stick in the jig and straighten stuff out.
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    Actually make a good little project knife for beginner knife makers and serves as a practical tool when completed.
    Lacewood handle with G10 spacer and pommel done with a hidden tang for practice.
    Blade is AEB-L 1/16" scrap I had on hand.

    Black marks on blade are results of the anti-scaling paint not providing any protection and that is what is left of the decarbed layer after far to much grinding and sanding.
     
  2. Eric Fisher

    Eric Fisher Active Member

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    So does it cut?
     
  3. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Ohh yea it cuts and much nicer than an X-Acto blade. Wide area helps with straight cuts and the thinner portion hugs the curves, wishing I had made one much sooner.

    Best part is a knife like this can be made out of any old scraps cut off a larger knife so free materials in a sense. Will have to eventually clean up the sanding marks so it is not so rough looking.

    Oh lace wood is from Bobby Bird I believe and stabilized.
     
  4. Jim T

    Jim T Active Member

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    Looks pretty serviceable to me. Good on ya, John. By the way, that's a nice looking piece of wood the knife is sitting on. Future knife handles, maybe?

    Jim T
     
  5. John Noon

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    I have a few pieces stabilized for handles a couple of clear that are in that knife and a pair of red as well as blue. They came out kind of interesting and will be on the shelf until I get a couple bird & trout knives done then will be used to make a matching set in a manner of speaking
     
  6. Eric Fisher

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    I just started to use a Japanese style leather knife. Incredible difference in cut and control.

    Mine has the traditional straight scraper style blade but a can see where a slightly point version would be very helpful for certain cuts. So if you ever bored and have a bit of scrap laying around... :)
     
  7. John Noon

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    I have a half dozen trays just for offcuts and there will be some pieces of 1/16" AEB-L in the near future.
     
  8. Eric Fisher

    Eric Fisher Active Member

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    Maybe we can work something this out then when a piece becomes available. Based on how I use the knife I have now, I have some ideas on how to optimize control and ease of use.
     
  9. John Noon

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    I have a piece that might be enough, will measure it up and post a picture with mine and a ruler for comparison
     

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