Happy Friday Night. I am hanging out in my workshop, watching football, sipping a double Laphroaig, and perusing some videos to pass along for this weeks Friday Film Fest. I guided a fishing trip in the Smokies today, so apologies that this is running a bit late.
I know the first video isn’t knife related, and the referendum has come and gone with the Cross of St. Andrew to remain as a part of the Union Jack. While I was married in my kilt, I self identify with my Dutch half to a greater degree as I am first generation American on my father’s side. As such, I didn’t have a strong opinion either way on Scottish Independence. I just support all people’s right of self-determination, and history sadly has too few examples where this is achieved in a peaceful manner. Besides, Groundskeeper Willie is my favorite secondary Simpson’s character and the video is pretty funny.
We are back to knife content below the jump. Our feature video this week is a DIY sheath to go along with a DIY modded Old Hickory. (See David Anderson’s excellent post on modding Old Hickories here). Also included are a video on how to make a bamboo emergency blade, and the making of a forged knife from a leaf spring.
As I mentioned above, David wrote a heck of an article on modding Old Hickroies. The obvious problem is that you need to come up with a new sheath for your masterpiece. The above video is a good DIY overview of making a custom sheath for your “new” knife.
I question the overall usefulness of such an improvised blade, but his point about dealing with the unprepared is certainly valid. It would be interesting to attempt this with a stone blade. If you could successfully split the bamboo with a flake tool, you could then use the bamboo blade in a complementary manner to the sharper but awkward handheld flake. Just a thought anyway. It is always useful to file information like this away in the back of your mind.
Finally, while the steel is of a middling variety, many people have made quite solid knives from all manner of scrap metal. The size and shape of leaf springs make it a popular material to work with. Murray Carter writes of the practice in his Bladesmithing book, and encourages it wholeheartedly. I have a set of old YJ springs from when I built my Jeep rock-crawler, and I am sure I will utilize these at some point.
Have a great weekend folks. I hope you enjoyed the videos.