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rounding lure edges
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Posted 05 October 2004 - 10:04 PM
Although Rick Butz makes a good knife here is a link to a knife that is used by hundreds of woodcarvers and costs about half what a Rick Butz knife costs. And Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers is a good place to do business with.
Here is a picture of some of the knives that I use for lure carving. I also made these knives.
Posted 05 October 2004 - 10:53 PM
Those knives are Beautiful !! How do you fix the blade in the handle? I know that Mylures did a post I believe on this board about how to sharpen knife blades, but how do you keep yours sharp? Are the blades carbon?
Posted 05 October 2004 - 11:29 PM
Thanks for the kind words.
The blades are put into the handles with Devcon 5-minute epoxy. I like it because it sets so quick that I can start sharpening on the knife in 15-20 minutes. I use diamond sharpening sticks in four different grits to put an edge on the knives. After that I strop the blade with a very thin piece of leather glued to a small flat piece of hardwood with a closed grain such as poplar, maple, or cherry. On this leather I have a polishing compound called "Yellowstone" but any good compound will do as long as it is a very fine grit. This will give you an edge sharp enough to shave with if done properly and as long as you don't damage the edge all you have to do is strop the blade occasionally as you carve.
The middle blade is Damascus from a pocket knife. The other two blades are Soligen stainless steel morgue blades that were originally 12 inches long. I used my Dremel with a cutoff wheel to cut out a piece of steel to shape into a blade.