Monday, September 24, 2012

Knife handle liners

Have you ever had a great knife in your hand and thought, "if this just had a thicker grip, it would be perfect"?  That happened to me the first time I held a Becker Knife & Tool BK16 in my hand.  It was the perfect blade length and the handle was comfortable, except for the fact that it got really narrow up by the index finger.  As I pondered making custom handles and wrapping the stock handles in various materials I came across some thing G10 material (.030" thick) and decided to try making a liner to add an even thickness to the entire handle.  Well, what do you know, the idea worked!

My first set was a bit rough, but a lot was learned in that process.  I always like to keep record of where I began, because it helps me to remember what I've learned and that everyone starts somewhere.  Here is the knife with the first set I made:

Then, I made a set for a friend:

And many more have followed:

In the future, I'll get a DIY Tutorial set up on making your own.  Experience has taught me that G10 is a hard medium to work with!  There are plenty of other thin materials out there from which you can make your own set of handle liners.  Play around, see what works for you and what doesn't.  Feel free to ask questions if you decide to make a set for yourself!  If you don't want to mess around with making your own, you can contact me to have a set custom made for your knife.  If the knife has removable scales, liners can be made for it.  

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