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Karesuando Skinner 80

Karesuando Skinner 80 is an amazing knife with an 8cm blade length. This was a made for a friend in Switzerland.
Check out Nathans – Youtube chanel.
I suggested this style of blade because it is very versatile for camping. Preparing game or vegetables. Whittling or other outdoor uses. They are reasonable in price. Easy to sharpen.

The pictures makes the project look quite fast, but I had to choose the wood. Or let the wood choose it’s self. Planning different styles or forms. Drying times and gluing. How much to keep or remove from the handle.
It was a great project to make and I hope this inspires you to try making a knife handle.

Karesuando Skinner 80 Gallery

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Karesuando Skinner 80 Blank
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Material selection
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Cuts for the banding.
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Dry fit.
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Glued and clamped.
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Pre-shape.
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Pre-shape.

The main part of the handle is curly birch. This was sourced locally. The wood has been dried and stored for over 5 years.
The small dark piece against the edge of the blade was saved from scrap wood from a design school. So in my mind I have done the best I can to keep it local. Upcycling, recycling, re-purposing some things that might be binned or burnt.
The handle was sealed with bees wax and paraffin oil mix. This seals and weather proofs the handle. The same mix can be used on the leather sheath I made.

Back to Starter Projects. You can buy this blank form Brisa.