New handle for an old knife
Making a leather handle
I decided to make a new handle for it, or rather a cover, using leather from the top of old shoes.
Having estimated the size of the knife, one tongue was just enough for our plans. Carefully cut it and cut around the edges so that you can wrap the knife plate.
Tip! In order not to cut myself while working, I sealed the cutting edge of the knife with masking tape, but you can also use something else
The next step is to measure the required length of the handle and cut off the leather blank.
Preparation of holes
The most important stage is the preparation and making of holes, and they will need a lot. At the end of the plate it turned out hole. I decided to leave it and use it later for looping.Marked the centers of the holes on the future handle and punched them using a suitable punch diameter. /2018-08/medium/1535694578_14.jpg "style =" max-width: 100%; " alt="New handle for an old knife">
Now, at an equal interval, you need to mark the holes at the edges of the leather blank so that it can be stitched. I used a simple improvised device: I used a rubber band to connect a pencil and a white gel rod so that marks could be clearly seen on black leather. It turned out to be noted quickly and accurately.
After putting marks on both sides, carefully make holes with a punch.
Someone might say that this is superfluous, one could just pierce holes with an awl and sew the skin.But, firstly, it is smooth and neat, and secondly, such round holes are more resistant to tearing. In addition, for the stitching, I decided to use not harsh threads, but a slightly different material.
Now you need to wet your skin in lightly warm water to make it more elastic and stretch a bit. At the same time, you can wash off the label applied earlier. After drying, it will sit down and clasp the knife blade tightly. Pay attention! So that the blade does not rust, I lightly smeared it with engine oil.
Executing a lacing
While the skin has not dried, immediately proceeded to lacing. For this, I fixed the workpiece in a vice. As a "lace" I used a thin strip cut from a plastic bottle. Lacing performed the usual, but you can experiment with the lace material and type of lacing. At the end of the lacing, the knot did not, but just hid the ends under the leather case, lightly smearing them with rubber glue so that they would not stick out.
The edges of the plastic tape are a little sharp, and the lacing itself is rough to the touch. Therefore, heat treatment is needed to correct this problem. The best option is to use a building dryer or other heating equipment. But, unfortunately, I don’t have this, so I used hot (not boiling) water.
After holding the knife in hot water for about 10 minutes, I took it out with tongs and put it in the sun to dry.
When the skin began to dry, I treated it with a special mastic for the care of leather products. She softened the skin, making it elastic, after which the cover even better lay on the handle.
The final touch is a leather loop cut from the remnants of the material.The loop perfectly complements the leather handle, and I will also use it to hang the knife on the hook.
The handle fits well in the hand, the lacing does not cut the fingers, provides a pleasant roughness of the contact. The only drawback of such a cover is that you need to ensure that no water flows under it, otherwise the knife will begin to rust.
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