Head knives

Head knives for cutting & skiving leatherwork.
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Made from spalted silver birch, brass & medium carbon steel alloy, mirror polished with beeswax finish.
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Donor steel from old saw blade (old non tct blade). Took 2 teeth off to see if the metal could be hardened.
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Heated both teeth to cherry for 3 min, quenched one & left other to cool.
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My quenching bucket. Spark tests (grinding) on the 2 teeth gave good results.
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Cleaned up both sides with abrasives (flap wheels, silicon carbide discs, etc.).
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Stuck my templates to the blade…
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Cut them out with angle grinder.
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Centre marked a sharpening pivot point…
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Drilled that mark…
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Took off paper & made a sharpening jig for the belt sander.
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That’s how this is going to go…
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Sharpened & polished.
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Heated to cherry for 3 mins (12mm = 30mins soak time). Had to keep the torch moving to keep the blade hot over its entire surface.
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After quenching the blade but not the tang.
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Re-polished.
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Seasoned birch from my garden…
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Turned some handles for my blades…
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With thanks to Cap’n Eddie Castelin for his superb wood turning videos (link below).
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Machined up some brass ferrules and epoxied on.
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Tangs were tapered (4° included angle) to common machine taper specs (see link below)
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Very pleased with results, they feel great, strop well and hold a good wire!
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knoba – Leather Head Knives – xcf files – 2015.zip (link below)
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knoba – Leather Head Knives – xcf files – 2015.zip (link below)
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You tube – Cap’n Eddie Castelin

knoba – Leather Head Knives – xcf files – 2015.zip

Wiki – Machine taper

Wood Database – Silver birch

Colron – Refined Finishing Wax

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Leather Strops

Made from ‘belt leather’ & oak with rubber feet for sharpening my leatherwork tools.
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Counter-bored recesses in oak base to secure these 6mm Ø x 3mm rubber feet.
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Wood carving strop also from ‘belt leather’ with shaped edges. Both are impregnated with aluminium oxide polishing compound.
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Rapid – Affix Self-Adhesive Black Rubber Feet

Wood Database – English Oak

Colron – Refined Finishing Wax

Abbey England – Leather supplies

Screwfix – Cutting Paste Bar 800g Grey

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Leather Edge Creaser

In stainless steel & brass, with beeswax finished silver birch handle…
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Tool is used for making a style line or stitching line…
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knoba – Leather Edge Creaser – 2015.dxf (link below)
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knoba – Leather Edge Creaser – 2015.dxf

The wood database – Silver Birch

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All CAD files are in dxf format, are free to download, use & are virus free. All links are genuine. I do not keep logs on anyone or anything. Make stuff…

Leather Burnisher

In Iroko & brass, with polished waxed finish…
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Colron – Refined Finishing Wax

The wood database – Iroko

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Axe sheath

Leather axe sheath with riveted seam & popper fastening…
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Estwing – Carpenter hatchet (discontinued?)

Ebay – Jean studs

Ebay – 15mm snap fastener

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Leather pouch for modded bevel edge chisels

Tool roll made from the softest full-grain Italian hide.
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Fastened with Velcro.
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Knocked back (stepped) soles for accurate lapping.
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Wasted shanks for better reach.
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Bahco – 424P Bevel edge chisels

Forum – Homemadetools.net

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Leather wallets for rasps

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Cromwell – Bastard rasp

Cromwell – Saftey wooden file handle

Ebay – 15mm snap fastener

Pfaff – select 3.0 sewing machine

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