Make a folder knife from scratch

Make a folder knife from scratch

 

Hi Folks....Made up a folder this weekend for my Uncle.
Tis his birthday, and being a country gent he would use a blade shaped for the garden veggie's, plants and general use.
Made from Brass sheet, 01, 4mm brass rod and some burl I had lying around......that's it, well it's nice to just make something from what is lying around eh :rolleyes:
Hope you like the photo story.
1 Brass sheet cut into the body of the folder
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4139/4764927891_3f7e3e093a.jpg[/img]
2 Blade done (Not sharpened) primed for etching and then heat treatment (Not going to bore you with making a blade :rolleyes: )
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4136/4764928231_ef6aa5a147.jpg[/img]
3 Spine (Spring) made up and tempered.
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4099/4765565222_6fbc546363.jpg[/img]
4 Another shot of blade in better light
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4116/4765565486_a589ca1378.jpg[/img]
5 Folder bodies and scales aligned and resting on the liners
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4073/4764929067_2c909e8a69.jpg[/img]
6 liners drilled using scales / body as template
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4099/4765566074_412e0eec2e.jpg[/img]
7 Nails / pins holding all three layers together cut scales in half along length
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4121/4765566396_e71f39c170.jpg[/img]
8 Blade etched
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4076/4765566700_aba1a0a1bf.jpg[/img]
9 and again
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4122/4764930229_cd9813656f.jpg[/img]
10 One half of the cut brass body / liner / scales
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4135/4764930579_c6b9e12e31.jpg[/img]
11 Other half
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4114/4764930833_b72e8a2c76.jpg[/img]
12 Initial shaping of the scales
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4142/4765567860_b52ce93683.jpg[/img]
13 And the other
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4116/4764931785_44da04583f.jpg[/img]
14 Both sides held together (Not glued just held with the nails / pins)
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4073/4765568750_0d2175ef72.jpg[/img]
15 Shape both sides together to ensure even finish
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4096/4765569054_c38cdd1f67.jpg[/img]
16 The components
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4138/4764932593_908b4b0e41.jpg[/img]
17 Pre assembly.
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4081/4765569510_635fc0e796.jpg[/img]
18 Buff the end where the blade will be hinged
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4101/4764932947_f11a3391e6.jpg[/img]
19 The three main components
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4136/4765569878_2b7ab606c8.jpg[/img]
20 All components after final fit check
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4123/4764933345_0ef9534b28.jpg[/img]
21 Make some pins x 4 that will go from the brass body and out through the scales
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4120/4765570258_c5c1b8906f.jpg[/img]
22 check snug fit..note they do need to be chamfered at the top, you'll see why soon
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4119/4764933873_63125427e9.jpg[/img]
23 All the pins
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4140/4765570946_0f65e652b0.jpg[/img]
24 Super glue the pins then quickly move.....
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4134/4764934349_172a38a3bf.jpg[/img]
25 To the bench vice and drive them in snugly ensuring the pins are at 90% to the folder body or the liners will not fit....(Remember the pins are facing outwards and the liners will slide onto them)
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4075/4765571448_9993000eec.jpg[/img]
26 Pins aligned and driven home
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4115/4764934761_651ef7e12c.jpg[/img]
27 Grind down INSIDE of pin head and flatten smooth (Do not polish for now)
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4093/4764934963_8964b0e9d3.jpg[/img]
28 Componenets of one side...including a more shaped scale
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4080/4764935105_9575df9e1a.jpg[/img]
29 Both sides, initial pins fitted and both scales with more shape
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4139/4764935367_2e724feb5d.jpg[/img]
30 Now polish the inside of the folder brass body
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4117/4764935795_8dfa9760ec.jpg[/img]
31 was a bit blurry so omitted [img][/img] :shakehead:
32 Same again in better light
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4095/4764936217_da38f571d7.jpg[/img]
33 and the other side
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4114/4764936479_6ee6d0c403.jpg[/img]
34 All components
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4116/4764936631_74c5a21480.jpg[/img]
35 Main pins super glued and driven home, cut pins to around 2mm form scales, then gently use a centre punch to open the pins up a little (Do this quickly before the glue sets)
Also ensure you rest the knife on a wood surface....or you'll dent the bottom scale as you hammer the punch...
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4141/4765573910_0b272252c7.jpg[/img]
36 Initial polish post assembly
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4141/4765574060_ab71d9a2dc.jpg[/img]
37 Grain starting to show
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4120/4765574244_26f1c565be.jpg[/img]
38 Closed
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4097/4765574408_95e802e323.jpg[/img]
39 and again
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4139/4765574620_e894cff567.jpg[/img]
40 and again
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4081/4764937811_bf2c054409.jpg[/img]
41 ditto
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4096/4764938091_cc1492f81a.jpg[/img]
42 Need to wash hands
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4099/4764938359_91d228c39d.jpg[/img]
43 The scales look rather nice....
[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4117/4764938485_69436d0e50.jpg[/img]
Hi Folks....Made up a folder for my Uncle. Was his birthday, and being a country gent he required a blade shaped for the garden veggie's, plants and general use.
Made from Brass sheet, 01, 4mm brass rod and some burl I had lying around......that's it, well it's nice to just make something from what is lying around eh!
Hope you like the photo story.


1 Brass sheet cut into the body of the folder.

 



 

2 Blade done (Not sharpened) primed for etching and then heat treatment (Not going to bore you with making a blade.

 



 

3 Spine (Spring) made up and tempered.

 

 

 


4 Another shot of blade in better light

 

 

 


5 Folder bodies and scales aligned and resting on the liners

 

 

 


6 liners drilled using scales / body as template

 

 

 


7 Nails / pins holding all three layers together cut scales in half along length

 

 

 


8 Blade etched

 

 

 


9 and again

 

 

 


10 One half of the cut brass body / liner / scales

 

 

 


11 Other half

 

 

 


12 Initial shaping of the scales

 

 

 


13 And the other

 

 

 


14 Both sides held together (Not glued just held with the nails / pins)

 

 

 


15 Shape both sides together to ensure even finish

 

 

 


16 The components

 

 

 


17 Pre assembly

 

 

 


18 Buff the end where the blade will be hinged

 

 

 


19 The three main components

 

 

 


20 All components after final fit check

 

 

 


21 Make some pins x 4 that will go from the brass body and out through the scales

 

 

 


22 check snug fit..note they do need to be chamfered at the top, you'll see why soon

 

 

 


23 All the pins

 

 

 


24 Super glue the pins then quickly move.....

 

 

 


25 To the bench vice and drive them in snugly ensuring the pins are at 90% to the folder body or the liners will not fit....(Remember the pins are facing outwards and the liners will slide onto them)

 

 

 


26 Pins aligned and driven home

 

 

 


27 Grind down INSIDE of pin head and flatten smooth (Do not polish for now)

 

 

 


28 Componenets of one side...including a more shaped scale

 

 

 


29 Both sides, initial pins fitted and both scales with more shape

 

 

 


30 Now polish the inside of the folder brass body

 

 

 

31 was a bit blurry so omitted [img][/img] :shakehead:

 

 

32 Same again in better light



 

 

 

33 and the other side

 

 

 


34 All components

 

 

 


35 Main pins super glued and driven home, cut pins to around 2mm form scales, then gently use a centre punch to open the pins up a little (Do this quickly before the glue sets)Also ensure you rest the knife on a wood surface....or you'll dent the bottom scale as you hammer the punch....

 

 

 


36 Initial polish post assembly

 

 

 


37 Grain starting to show

 

 

 


38 Closed

 

 

 


39 and again

 

 

 


40 and again

 

 

 


41 ditto

 

 


42 Need to wash hands

 

 

 


43 The scales look rather nice....