|I like it.|
|Materials for this build, a marking knife blank and a hunk of wood.|
|A closer look.|
|Even closer. Wow. It looks like there are a couple worm holes. I hope those were there before.|
I forgot to take some pictures at this point. I cut the ebony blank to length, and then plowed a 1/4" groove on either side to a depth a little more than half the thickness of the blade. Next, I ripped both grooved pieces off the ebony blank and kept the offcut.
I mixed up a small batch of epoxy, with a bit of black tint in case there are any gaps.
|I slathered epoxy on both halves...|
|inserted the blade...|
|and clamped it up.|
|Epoxy is cured.|
|Wow. I have it clamped in the vise. Neat.|
|I like the look.|
This is a fun project, and I look forward to using the knife. Being O1 carbon steel, it is easy to sharpen. The big difference between this blade and the Blue Spruce is the Hock is much thicker. I'll let you know if that is an advantage or disadvantage.
So far the big disadvantage with the Hock is the price. It is not much cheaper than buying the Blue Spruce complete! I might be interested in making one from untreated tool steel, as that stuff is only a couple dollars. However if the point is to have a home made tool, I really like this one.