Today the customer has picked up his brand new machete. He was apparently delighted, at least he said so. His exact words were “This is much better quality than I have expected, especially the leatherwork.” So today I did not feel like a total waste of space. Here are some nice pictures for you to look at. I did not have to do too much post-processing after all.
Bruce Fuentes says
Patterned off of the khukuri of the Gurkhas it seems.
Wow!! I am not at all surprised that you made a knife that is an art object. It’s beautiful, and I am glad the client was delighted with your work.
Yes, Charly mentioned that it’s a kukri machete back in part 1 of this series.
That looks quite pretty, both the knife and the sheath, congrats.
I somehow previously overlooked the mention in the handle-gluing post that the pins wouldn’t be visible, I imagine that’s more difficult than simply drilling straight through the assembly and pinning it. It does look quite nice, though.
That was quite the journey. This is as much a tool as it is a work of art. Thank you for sharing with its creation with us.
Lovely work Charly, I am not surprised the client was pleased, I hope he sings your praises far and wide.
I am glad you like it. I like doing custom work like this and having a satisfied customer is … satisfying.
@lochaber, I have written in detail about this handle construction in my Kitchen Knives Set series, specifically -here-. I got favorable comments from several friends and family members about that particular look, so I have decided to make it my default. It is perhaps a bit more work than just making the pins all the way through, but not much, it does not register when compared with all the other work steps that make up the bulk of the work time.
Ice Swimmer says
It is gorgeous.
The knife and the leatherwork fit well together.
That’s a beauty and the accomplishment of a metalworker, woodworker and leatherworker in one person. Something to be proud of completing and I’m sure the new owner will be proud to own.
Marcus Ranum says
Impressive all around!