From Charly, who I think is being much too modest:

This is the first knife I have made with the help of my out-of-scraps built belt sander and my drill powered lathe. Because this was a learning exercise for me, I took a bunch of old worthless stuff – a rusty file, rusty pipe, some old hinges, broken furniture legs and a piece of cow bone dug out of the ground in the garden. I have also deliberately used only the machines to do most of the work, including polishing – I wanted to see what kind of fit and finish I will be able to get this way.

Because it was learning exercise and because the materials were of bad quality (the pipes were a bit too rusty, I sanded through them at a few places) the result is not something too great, but it is sharp, pointy and dangerous. The design is a sort of hybrid between the Fairbarn-Sykes and a medieval rondel dagger and I freehanded most of it, with almost no measurements.

Stats: overall lenght 33,5 cm, blade length 22 cm, work time approx 12 hours (not including curing of the paint)

I am not intending to stab anyone, but it is extremely good letter opener. Click for full size!

© Charly, all rights reserved.


  1. says

    That’s really good! Nice clean lines! The ferrule on the scabbard-tip is a nice touch!

    It does express the relationship between the medieval knife and the fairbairn-sykes.

  2. kestrel says

    Beautiful! That is amazing that you could make use of such ordinary things to create something so extraordinary. I hope you will keep us updated on future projects, I bet they will be very exciting!

  3. jazzlet says

    I areee, beautiful. What is the inlay on the sticky out bits of the hadle (demostrates near total ignorance of proper terms) please?

  4. jazzlet says

    Thank you Caine. I did read about the cow bone, but didn’t conect the two. Particularly daft as I have a couple of bone crochet hooks sitting next to the laptop.

  5. says

    Thank you, I am glad you like it.

    In retrospect for learning I should have used a new cow bone -- an old weathered one is actually rarer. It has a quite pleasing beige colour and is easier to glue, because all the fat has completely decomposed.

  6. Onamission5 says

    Whoa, those were not the results I was expecting based on the description of the raw materials. Beautiful!

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