A knife’s handle is equally important as its blade. Without the handle, the tool will not function as expected.
This blog post seeks to help you appreciate a knife’s handle especially those made out of G10 and wood products. This post will explain how to make handles using these materials in detail.
G10 for Knife Handles
G-10 is a fiberglass composite laminate with layers of fabric on top of each other. Compressively soaked strips are made into this strong and durable material that can withstand stress, wear, or damage better than wood or traditional materials like metal.
It is the strongest material in existence today so it makes sense why knife handles made from G-10 will last longer without scratching, chipping off pieces to create an ugly scar across your handle–or worse yet cracking when you try cutting something hard with it.
- g-10 scales
- paper and marker
- drill and drill press
- sanding belts
- Brass pins
1. Scales must be configured.
To do this, draw the handle design on the paper. Once the paper has been placed on the scales, it can be traced, and marks can be made using markers.
2. Engrave holes on the scales.
You should engrave the holes you intend to drill on one side of each scale pair. To align them properly, make a light mark with the hand drill and then press them properly. Authentic holes can only be made this way.
3. It is time to sand, drill, and glue.
With the help of the drill press, make holes in one scale, pour epoxy over the leveled inside surface, and paste the two scales together. As a result, the scales will remain in sync. By gluing the material to the tang, epoxy glue prevents moisture from getting inside.
It may look like the scales are flat, but they aren’t. A gentle sanding will give you the flattering look you desire and make the surface ready for a superior bond.
4. Put the blade in place.
After making holes and rough profiling, it is time to put the blade in place. Put the edge of the blade on the seam between the scales.
5. Next is to trace, cut, and glue.
Make a rough shape of the handle shape on the G-10 material, and cut it to fit the inside of the scales. Glue the finished handle to the scales with epoxy glue.
When the material has dried out, clean its edges and start drilling to fill in the existing pinholes. The hand drill is the best way to do so. Compilation/assembly of the handle is now complete.
6. Assemble the handle.
When assembling, consider using brass bolts for pins so you can affix the scales firmly by adding a nut and placing it down after applying the epoxy. It is best to let epoxy glue dry before using it. Besides helping to hold material firmly, pins also ensure it does not move laterally.
7. Clean the newly assembled handle.
Clean the bolt’s head and body using a hacksaw or a file after the glue has dried. After that, the pins will go inside. To finish, give the handle the form that will fit your hand and clean it.
Gradually work your way up to ensuring a comfortable fit and checking periodic fittings. After you have worked through the grits of sandpaper to the desired finish, the handle is ready for use.
Wood for Knife Handles
Wood is known for its comfort, warmth, and long-lasting functionality, especially hardwood. Considering it is an easily accessible material, it makes an ideal handle material.
- wooden scales
- duct tape
1. Tape the wooden scales together.
Consider using double-sided duct tape to accomplish this. To make a knife handle properly, you must know and understand this step.
2. Mark the scales and track the slabs.
Create a picture of the handle by outlining a sheet of paper. Use the paper design as a handle template.
The design should be drawn with a pen on the scale. Then, trace the original slabs with a thin marker.
3. Shape the wood.
Cut the wood according to the traced design. Hand saws are ideal for cutting this material.
Note: Cut gently and gradually as per the marked line instead of cutting on it.
The next step is smoothing the handle with the belt sander paper by tracing the line. This completes the shaping process.
4. Make the holes.
Be sure to mark the scales first. Then, you are ready to drill to create the holes.
5. Sand the wood.
After drilling, sand the wood again with sandpaper. You will achieve a subtle appearance and feel by doing so.
6. Separate the scales.
Put your attention on the two wooden scales and separate them with full focus. Apply as little pressure or control as possible, since soft or thin wood will not accept the knife judiciously.
7. Put the scales in place.
Glue the rear of the scales in place and let them dry. Clamp them in place for a day. Then, remove the clamp carefully and clean it with paste wax or any other product suitable for the wood you used.
The Better Option
Both G-10 and wood make great handle materials. But if you are looking to have a blade handle that is durable and functional as well, the G-10 handle is the wiser choice.
The handles of G10 kitchen knives are extremely durable and highly resilient, meaning they will last for a very long time under both wet and dry conditions. Also, it is It’s water-resistant.
There are many kinds of knife handles available in the market today. Yet, G10 and wood handles remain to be two of the best of them all.
Nonetheless, G-10 has a very slight edge over its counterpart due to its durability and water resistance.