Having broken another Chinese stationery knife at work, I realized that buying one knife every day is not an option for me. I noticed the cost of good knives and was unpleasantly surprised … Normal firms, such as OLFA or Kraftool, cost from 1000 rubles … For me it was an unaffordable luxury. It was decided to make a knife with your own hands.
Making a custom stationery knife
An inexpensive knife was taken as a basis, in the region of 70 rubles. I threw away its plastic case. The central part remained. I decided to make the body of wood. For these purposes oak is perfect. I took the shape for the body from my head, stylized it under my hand, so that it turned out to be completely individual.
The process of processing oak by hand is, to put it mildly, not the fastest and not the most pleasant process. My incisors refused to cut the tree the way I wanted. In some places, I had to take up a dremel and a file.
But still, by the end of the day I had such a body ready.
To make it more interesting, I decided to add several elements to the design: a heel made of a stainless bolt and a stainless overlay on the back of the handle.
It was decided to make the hull in wenge colors. For this I did not use stains from the store, but made a composition for staining with my own hands … The video clearly shows how this composition works. (if you are interested in the composition, then please write in the comments, I will answer everyone).
Next came the process of assembling the knife. It was decided to screw the central part to the body using two self-tapping screws. The back and the overlay are glued with epoxy glue (it holds perfectly, the knife has already passed the “combat” tests, fell, etc. Nothing came off or flew off). The most interesting thing is the blades. I didn’t save and bought a pack of blued blades. Yes, this is not the cheapest option, but they are worth it – the blades are more resistant to corrosion, abrasion, etc. They keep sharpening well and just look gorgeous in my knife.
In general, what I wanted, I did. Then it’s up to you to judge.
Watch the video
The whole manufacturing process and some of the nuances are shown in the video on my Youtube channel: