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Friday, May 7, 2010

Scabbard



This week I made a scabbard for Louises new knife. I am quite pleased with the result, but I must admit that I am not very experienced at working with metal. I am getting better at handleing it though.
The only thing that bothers me is all the polishing and filing. I have always thought that my life was too short for sandpaper, but with metal there is no way around it (that I know of).

So rather than telling you how I did this scabbard I will give you a link to a swedish guy who makes scabbards and knifes like this one... Only much much better.
Be sure to have a look at his blog!

I have been looking at his knifes quite a lot, during the makeing of this knife. I especially like this knife, that he made in 2009. (Keep up the great work Frej!)

6 comments:

Tristán Z. said...

Inexperienced or not, that still looks like very clean work!

Frej said...

Förbannat fint sagt av dig Mikkel!Det värmde mycket att få läsa det där :)

Håller själv på att avveckla användandet av sandpapper för mycket av det jag gör, men när det gäller polering av sådana här plåtar har jag tyvärr inte hittat något gångbart alternativ än.
Polerpasta och läder fungerar fint för slutfinish , men inte för att slipa bort de grövsta märkena.

Håller förresten på att sy min första väska nu och jag kan ju erkänna att dina projekt är till stor hjälp även de. Perfekt att man kan inspirera varandra såhär!

Mikkel Frederiksen said...

@Tristan: Light reflecting of the surface, can hide a lot of small bumps. But I must admit, that the more I look at the finished scabbard, the better I like it :-)
Now I will have to make a knife for myself, so I will try to make another scabbard soon.

@ Frej:
Selv tak Frej. Der er meget godt på din blog, så den er bestemt værd at bruge en masse tid på.

Jeg tænker at man til visse projekter kan undgå sandpapir ved at banke mærker ud med en fint poleret hammer. Men det er nok kun brugart til plader og andre flade ting.
Så snart man skal udgløde messing, vil det jo oxidere og så er man nok nødt til at slibe det på én eller anden måde alligevel.

Hvis man er ude efter mere autentisk slibemateriale end sandpapir, kan man som du siger bruge en læderlap og forskellige former for slibemiddel. Jeg tænker at tørret og lulveriseret ler eller andet finkornet materiale kan bruges.

Ang. tasken, så glæder jeg mig til at se den. Det skal nok blive rigtig godt.

ragnvaeig said...

If you don't like sandpaper, brick dust is a fantastic polish at the finer levels; just find an old brick and pulverize. I use it on my flintlocks and it works great.

Eddie said...

Well Tristan took the words right out of my mouth. I am really impressed, specially for someone who says he is not experienced. Where did you learn to do this sort of thing Mikkel?

Mikkel Frederiksen said...

@Eddie: As i wrote in the article I looked a lot at Frejs page. That helped me a lot, but other than that I didn't get any help.

@Rangvaeig: Thanks for the advice. I will try it out as soon as possible. I have also thought about using regular dry clay.
I also know of a plant that can be used for polishing.
Try seaching google for: Equisetum hyemale.
I believe the english word for it is Rough Horsetail or Scouringrush Horsetail.