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Old July 03, 2019, 21:58   #1
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Wtk, if anyone makes their own knife, what glue for wood scales b4 screws??

Hi guys, i have some damascus dagger blanks,well,all they need are scales/handles added and they are done. They are full tang so there will be full contact between wood and steel. I am wondering what epoxy anyone here may have used with good results? There are also holes so i need to figure out a screw,nut or screw and tapered insert solution also. I will use various types of wood for the handles. I may have some stuff engraved in the wood also.

Thanks for any tips,pointers,suggestions,etc.

...i would love some old ivory scales,fossilized mastadon or mammoth pieces to try out... anyone have an ooold trashed piano?? i will take the white keys...
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Old July 03, 2019, 22:25   #2
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2 ton devcon epoxy.

Check out Jantz Supply for your handle hardware ideas.
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Thanks 'vinny! Will do. Been meaning to do these up for a few years,figure i better before the danascus spoils! They were to be gifts for a club i was in but had a bit of a falling out...
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Old July 09, 2019, 07:29   #4
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Don't use the five minute epoxy - get the stuff that takes 24 hours to cure properly and clean both the blade and grip material well before glue up. The epoxy can be bought anywhere like Amazon or the local hardware store. The ivory on old piano keys is very thin stuff and not really suitable for much other than inlays. But you can buy bovine ivory at the local pet store if you have a way to cut and shape it. It is the big cow bones sold for your dog to chew on and it polishes up nice.
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The camel bone will polish up very nice for scrimshaw. This was my first attempt and it came out pretty good.




Agree on no fast-acting, but only because you don't want to have to panic.

I'd also recommend some larger holes through the handle, if possible, in order to have the scales have some purchase through the tang.
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Cool pic Stimp and thank you for the tip. Cool scratchings!

All the tips are helpful....yes I do not want a panic at handle scale mounting time.
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The camel bone will polish up very nice for scrimshaw. This was my first attempt and it came out pretty good.




Agree on no fast-acting, but only because you don't want to have to panic.

I'd also recommend some larger holes through the handle, if possible, in order to have the scales have some purchase through the tang.
That is so boss. I hope I get to see that thing in person.
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A couple of things I like to do after learning from some mistakes...

Leave your handle blanks over size until after you glue them. Shape them later. This way, there's nothing to worry about as far as lining them up perfectly when gluing and clamping. Maybe this obvious, but it wasn't to me when I started.

Pin the scales on, don't use screws. Use the holes in the tang as guides, drill the holes through the scales, slightly countersink the holes on the outside of the scales. Test assemble with no epoxy. Cut the pins so they stand proud of the surface of the scales about 1/8".

Glue it up with the pins in. They keep things from sliding around in clamping.
Peen the pins so the head mushrooms into the countersink.

Don't clamp so tight that you squeeze all of the epoxy out.
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