Making of… «The Hein»
I made this knife for a long time friend who has been helping me very much since I moved back to the Netherlands. The blade’s shape is loosely based on Chris Reeve’s Nyala. It’s a short bushcraft knife, although my version is a lot thicker (approx. 6 mm) as the file I used for it was very large. This resulted in a rather heavy but well balanced full tang knife.
I started off by contouring the (already softened) file with an angle grinder and a belt sander to get the following shape.
As you can see I have also drilled the holes for the pins, these will be an additional fixation method to the epoxy glue I use to adhere the handle.
After filing away for several hours on both sides of the file I get to the point where I do a first fitting of the handle. In this case I am using olive wood from a kitchen cutting board.
Then I start sanding. I use 80, 120, 250 and 400 grit sandpaper before doing the heat treatment to harden the blade again and afterwards I continue with 600 and 1200 grit sandpaper to gradually obtain nice shiny finish. Here’s a close-up view of the knife. Notice the handle hasn’t been sanded yet, I go up to 600 grit sandpaper on the handle.
Another view after more sanding and applying a few coats of Danish oil:
As this was a birthday present for my friend I decided to also make a nice box to put it in. Again, due to my “cheapo” nature, I decided to recycle some stuff I had laying around and get a wooden box from the euro store.
I shaped the foam from the inside of a cushion to fit the box and cut the contour of the knife and its sheath into it.
I wrapped the foam in a piece of black cloth with a nice texture and fitted it all into the wooden box. I had painted the box with a dark ebony tint and replaced the flimsy hinges with leather ones.
And voilà, all done. I made a matching leather sheath in a natural tone (I forgot to take pictures of the process, though 🙁 ).