Dymondwood Handles

Discussion in 'Blades' started by Valkman, Aug 31, 2005.


  1. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I was never going to buy this stuff because it looked funky to me, but another knifemaker said how much he likes it so I bought a bunch to try. Here's the first 2 small Utilities with it:

    The top one is Desert Camo and the bottom one is Tigerwood. They both look pretty neat! I finished the handles to 400 grit and then used Flitz Gun Stock Wax on 'em. :)

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  2. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    At least one of these will be for sale, along with the first small one I made with red/blue G10 handles. The wife claimed it but now decided she likes other colors better. Sheesh!

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  3. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    Valkman, I'm just curious - how many knives are you putting out a week/month now. I'm sure they are very labor intensive but you seem to have completed many different models.
     
  4. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Usually it's been pretty slow, I mean Loveless historically put out almost 400 a year and I'm lucky if I do 2 a week! Right now though I've turned it up a notch (from "Crawl" to "Slow") and have a bunch going. Making sheaths really slows us down - they would come out faster if I farmed that out, which I may yet do. The wife wants to make 'em but I need more production (and I can't yell at her or I won't get any!). :-o

    As I progress (I've been doing this 6 months now) I will get faster, and also it's really hot here so that limits the time I'm out in the garage. I expect that next month I'll be able to spend more time out there.
     
  5. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    You ever consider playing with Kydex? Might go faster on the sheath side of things?
     
  6. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Yea, I have Kydex and a press. I just hate the stuff and won't let my guns touch it and I guess that carried over into knives. I think a fine knife should have leather, although Kydex is good on some stuff. I tried to make a Kydex sheath today in fact and failed miserably! I need to get a rivet press and practice some more, because I should be able to make them.
     
  7. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    SO it doesn't work like a shrinky dink?

    I thought you'd just put the kydex and the knife in an oven and Presto! Sheath
     
  8. TLynn

    TLynn Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Not quite melbo, not quite.
     
  9. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I wish!

    I made "Knifemaker" over at USN and I'm so pumped about it, that after I shoved my greatly-expanded-head out into the garage I started grinding in amazing ways I'd never ground before. :D I could never grind with higher grit belts before, but I took these three all the way to 800 grit. I'm making three small ones and these will have a far better finish than before, maybe even mirror. One is for Melbo and one is Seacowboy's and one is extra. Haven't started yours yet, Teresa!
     
  10. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    That's awesome Valkman! b:: b::
     
  11. TLynn

    TLynn Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    [scroll:c95703ecb5]YIPPEE VALKMAN MADE KNIFEMAKER[/scroll:c95703ecb5]
     
  12. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Kydex is pretty good stuff!... I like it better than leather for a lot of reasons... although you just can't beat leather for looks.... pretty easy to work with....

    Valkman's knives would work pretty well with them based on their design... got some black, desert cammo and woodland camo oh and white..... hollow rivets

    I'm not any expert... but if anyone needs a sheath.... let me know.....

    got some lok teks small and large I can slap on too.....

    sorry no pics right now.....
     
  13. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Bear, where do you get them colors of Kydex? I need a rivet setter too, just haven't wanted to buy one.
     
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