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#340549 11/05/2018 02:42 PM
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Most of my daggers are beatersand in need of some sort of restoration. I purchased various replacement wooden grips from several of the Eastern European dealers and also purchased several used original grips. Not usually satisfied with what I got, I decided to make my own.
Below are some videos of my first attempts.

https://youtu.be/gjmDb0Vcy1Y

https://youtu.be/PNYY3dV2irk

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Forgot to say tha I had to make the carving machine first.

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Awsome
Looks like some major equipment there and in the backround.
Probably helps to be a machinist.
I sure could use that dup router for my fighting knife grips, would make it a lot faster.
But then what would I do with the rest of the week.
Nice job,
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Home shop. I have been gathering equipment for years to prepare for my retirement. I cant call myself a machinist!

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My first attempt at making an SS handle. It still needs sanded and inlayed.

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Wow that looks great compared to the original! If you are needing a nice ss roundel please PM I have one for sale on the estand would look great in the handle you have made so well.
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Hi Mike
Not ready for the good stuff yet. I have some Roundels and bunch of good eagles. I am practicing on my handles. for a while. I have looked at the roundel on WA.

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Here is one right off the machine. Ebony is really tough to finish. Hand scraping will smooth it out

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Here is my first attempt at in laying the eagle. A few tool marks, but all that will disappear with the waxing of the grip. The fittings are there only for effect. They are not fit yet!

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Looks great!

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Thanks Mike. It has been a labor of love. Ebony is like carving into stone. I am surprised there isn?t many comments on this post. Surely other members are buying up the grips being made in India and Eastern Europe. I am not doing this to sell, but it is a fun project. I have been making some scabbard screws also. Irks me to pay $5.00 or more on a tiny screw.

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Wow! You fabricated that? That is very impressive. Very obviously a labor of love- awesome!

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I am still trying to perfect my grips and inlaying. They are coming along ok. Here are a few grips that are ready for final fit and finishing. Two ebony and one ivory wood grip.

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all the nicks and scrapes should disappear with sanding and polishing.

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