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My first venture into Scandinavian knives

Postby phillipsted » Fri Nov 29, 2013 11:06 am

I am relatively new to Scandinavian-style blades, and wanted to post some pictures of my first two blades - I call them "brothers" because they share the same scale materials.

The first is a Poul Strande 85 Damascus blade. He makes such nice blades - absolutely beautiful steel. The scales are stabilized Karelian birch, white fiber spacers, a damasteel bolster, and something a bit non-traditional - a piece of antique maroon linen Micarta. The Micarta is an original recipe from Westinghouse and is over 50 years old. It is nothing like the commercial phenolic laminates available today - it is much denser, harder, and takes a lustrous finish. The knife is finished with only a bit of Renaissance Wax and buffing.

The "brother" knife is an Enzo Nordic 95 in O1 steel. I made this knife to be a user for woodcarving and camping. The O1 steel will take a fantastically-sharp edge. I'm looking forward to putting it through its paces. The scale is stabilized Karelian birch and antique maroon Westinghouse Micarta - both from the same blocks as its brother. The spacers are blue fiber and the bolster is brass.

Unfortunately, I'm still new at leatherwork, so I don't have sheaths to show today. I'm an eager student though, and my youngest son and I are working at making sheaths for these as part of his Boy Scout Leathercraft merit badge.

Cheers!
TedP

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Postby phillipsted » Fri Nov 29, 2013 11:07 am

And now for some shots of Brother Enzo...

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Postby Blerv » Fri Nov 29, 2013 11:30 am

Wow Ted. Those are gorgeous :) !
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Postby 3rdGenRigger » Fri Nov 29, 2013 12:39 pm

Beautiful knives for sure!
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Postby jabba359 » Fri Nov 29, 2013 1:52 pm

Fantastic job! On the Micarta, did it come that thick or did you have to glue a couple pieces together to make it thick enough?
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Postby phillipsted » Fri Nov 29, 2013 2:40 pm

jabba359 wrote:Fantastic job! On the Micarta, did it come that thick or did you have to glue a couple pieces together to make it thick enough?
I bought it from an antique Micarta specialist - and it came in blocks that were 1" x 1.5" x 6". I can't tell you how much different the genuine Westinghouse Micarta is from the generic phenolic laminate available from knife supply houses today. The old stuff is solid as a rock, works well, takes detail if you want to carve it, and finishes to a beautiful almost 3D sheen. Lovely stuff.

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Postby .357 mag » Fri Nov 29, 2013 5:41 pm

Pretty.. Let's see some feather sticks now! I love Scandi ground knives. It's the only grind I've used in the woods for awhile.

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Postby Pockets » Fri Nov 29, 2013 9:20 pm

That is some nice micarta. Is it as annoying to work with as the modern stuff?
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Postby phillipsted » Sat Nov 30, 2013 3:40 pm

Pockets wrote:That is some nice micarta. Is it as annoying to work with as the modern stuff?
It does have peculiar odor when you grind it, yeah. :) It seems that this specific older block isn't as pungent as modern stuff, though.

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Postby Clip » Sat Nov 30, 2013 3:45 pm

Looks like great work, love your choice of steels!
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Postby SQSAR » Sat Nov 30, 2013 6:45 pm

That's some clean looking work. Congrats.

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Postby Titomake » Mon Dec 02, 2013 2:50 pm

Beautiful knives. In the first one, both damascus blade and birch handle have an awesome pattern.

Thanks for sharing.


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Postby Steffen » Wed Dec 11, 2013 6:06 pm

very nice!

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Postby bh49 » Fri Dec 13, 2013 6:06 am

Beautiful knives. You made me want one. Great pictures as well. Thank you for sharing.
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Postby Skidoosh » Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:19 am

Really cool, I've been eyeing some scandi blades and you have given me the inspiration!


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