Knife making after viewers voting

Hello, this is FFD Restorations and today I am going to assemble a knife based on recent viewers voting. Before I start, I just want to say that I posted 5 posts on the community tab asking the audience to vote for their favorite design.

Results from the previous posts voting are:

This went really well and I want to thank you all for taking part and making it possible to make a knife together. Without a further due, thank you for joining me today. First, I will start working on the blade.

In the video below you can enjoy watching where I am making a knife based on viewers voting!

The Blade and Build Process

This is a Brusletto blade, produced here in Norway. The brand is well known and they make knives from 1892. The length of the blade is 3.5” or 9,5 cm and the weight 1.35 oz or 38 gr. It is fine as it is but I would like to get a slightly better look, preferably a mirror finish. For that I am going to use fine wet sandpaper and work my way towards the end on both sides. As a lubricant and to cool down the blade I am using tap water. 

Blade after sanding with 1200 grit - knife making.
Blade after sanding with 1200 grit.

The blade looks a whole lot better, so I will move to polishing now. This is American made hand crank grinder with a polishing pad attached to it will do the polishing job this time. 

I am satisfied with the blade and the look, so I will work on the handle now. As far as the sharpening of the blade goes, I will do that at the end of this knife build. For now, I will protect the blade by wrapping the masking tape around. 

Curly birch wood - knife making.
Curly birch wood.

Many have voted for curly birch wood for the handle and I can see why. The wood is beautiful and more importantly it is resistant to splitting. The length of this piece is 5” or 12,5 cm, 1” thick or 2,5 cm.

Better safe than sorry

I will roughly mark the shape of the handle and start with a rasp. I don’t want to rush with this step, so I will take my time to get it right. Now when I have a nice shape I can start with finer rasp and do the sanding at the end. 

Here I am using finer rasp and doing the sanding afterwards.
Here I am using finer rasp and doing the sanding afterwards.

Usually I stop with 400 grit, but for this occasion I will go up to 1200 grit. I just want to get the best out of this gorgeous piece of wood. 

I need to do two more things to the handle. One of them is to add the brass rings and the second is a carved rope design towards the end of the handle. But first let’s start with brass rings. I will use this brass plate and cut three square pieces, drill for the blade tang and get closer in shape for the handle. 

Cutting the brass on a treadle contour saw.
Cutting the brass on a treadle contour saw.
Ready to cut the handle and glue the brass pieces.
Ready to cut the handle and glue the brass pieces.
I cleaned the edges on a treadle powered rotary tool.
I cleaned the edges on a treadle powered rotary tool.

They are ready and now is time to work on carving. For that I am using this leather edge trimmer. I know it is not meant for this but it works really nicely. Before I start carving, I need to mark the groove lines. 

Finally, it is time to glue all pieces together and call it a day. 

The next day

Today is the next day and let’s check out the knife. It looks rough, but I will fix that in a moment. First, I need to file away excess brass. The handle feels smooth and nice in the hand so I am stopping here. 

Sanded blade up to 1200 grit.
Sanded blade up to 1200 grit.
Carving the rope design towards the end of the handle - knife making.
Carving the rope design towards the end of the handle.
Look at the handle after applying a tung oil to it.
Look at the handle after applying a Tung oil to it.

Leather work

We are almost there! To finish this knife, I need to work on leather now. I will go with a simple design to complement the knife. I will mark the size and shape before I do the cutting. Now it is time to glue and stitch the pieces together. I will trim the edges and smooth them out. 

Making the stitching holes - knife making.
Making the stitching holes.
Leather sheath stitching - knife making.
Leather sheath stitching.
Stitching detail - knife making.
Stitching detail.
Leather sheath detail - knife making.
Leather sheath detail.
The curly birch wooden handle detail - knife making.
The curly birch wooden handle detail.

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Knife is made and ready for a giveaway.
Knife is made and ready for a giveaway.

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  1. What is the name of that small carving tool that you used for the handle?

  2. Beautifully done…as always.
    Just be careful when using the long narrow strips of abrasives…it is so very easy to overwork the piece.

  3. Beautiful job. I really love your use of old tools. I do much work with them as well.

  4. If “knife porn” was an actual idea, this knife would be a prime example!

  5. FFD
    Excellent craftsmanship and results.
    Your voice in this video is pleasing to the ear and your instructions are appropriate, please continue.
    As an amateur restorer the instructions help and are less distracting than trying to read and watch at the same time.

    Thank you for your efforts and posting these videos.

    May all your journeys be adventures and your havens safe.

  6. Omg I really need to try out my leather tools on wood, you made that carving look super easy! Great looking knife as always Boris!

  7. Английский с рязанским акцентом😁. Ништяк нож

  8. Great knife. I enjoy seeing the man powered tools in action. And the carving is very meticulous.

  9. Amazing work and the Result is very nice. Hope we will see more of that. Best wishes🤩👍👍

  10. Wow, stunning work! I held my breath at 14:00, was scared you would slip😂

  11. Hi Boris, I love the video and the knife turned out really well. You put a lot of work into that. The blade is great but the handle just awesome. 😉👌
    Keep it coming. I love the detail and the precision. 👌

  12. I enjoyed your video and just came across your channel. I have subscribed not because of contest but because I of the way you do your work thank you. I’m ready to do a knife myself I will be using snake wood I hope it looks as good as yours.

  13. I commend your use of manpowered machinery ! Excellent job! You remind me of a Russian Bolchevic……😂👍

  14. I was sure it was going to be a very nice knife, but … It’s too much!

  15. Great work and beautiful knife! Your traditional outfit really looks great and it’s nice to hear your voice. Describing your process simply and without chatter works so please keep it up. Watching your channel and many restorations got me through the pandemic so thank you. I’m a supporter for life 😊.

  16. You really absolutely truly are the best work the knife came out gorgeous

  17. Beautiful knife! What I admire most is the patience that it takes. Well done.

  18. Очень красивый нож, мне понравился. Спасибо за твою работу и отличные видео. Больше всего люблю твои видео по складным ножам. Желаю вам успехов, а каналу развития!

  19. A Masterclass production and knife making! Especially appreciated when it is done with only hand tools!

  20. The fact that he works with no electric tools really just makes his channel stand out. I would like to see him make more stuff like maybe a cigar box with a really good seal

  21. beautyful work…i like the shop its very nice. human powered tools work so well for so many things. i noticed the american nice. a singer sewing machine 50s era electric motor an flange fit perfect to that grinder..use a vacuum belt to connect..use the pedal to control speed…i take the crank off when i use the motor. its nice to use both hands some times.

  22. Img I love the fact that you used hand tools to build this absolutely amazing it makes the knife even more special. Amazing! amazing! Work as always !!!! 😃

  23. That is an absolutely gorgeous knife! I am always blown away by your craftsmanship, friend. I’m sure whoever wins the knife will be ecstatic!

  24. Really enjoyed your video. Amazing you do it all without electric. Great job.

  25. good job! videos likes this one inspired me to start making own videos for YouTube. thank you!

  26. for the first knife its a very good result, glad the drilling after you had shaped the handle worked out ( I would suggest always keep it square before drilling, and if possible, drill with a drillpress). A few tips to you (as a hobbyist knifemaker myself) for future projects is sand the metal always with a hard backing for your sandpaper, piece of sturdy and flat metal, keeps the lines much more crisp. First totally finish the front end of the handle after drilling, but before glue up. When glueing keep the metal free at the handle, remove the squeeze out glue with some acetone to make it look much nicer without any glue residue. For the sheath, its not really needed but wet molding it to the knife (wrap the knife in climfoil against rusting!) makes it a longer lasting and better fitting sheath. A waterproof finish before glueing up the sheath makes it better for use in the outside. none the less its a good knife and the next owner will be happy with it I think. 🙂

  27. A very beautiful knife. The narration was informative and really added to the video. Thank you for taking a risk with this format and for being so successful in the final result!

  28. The idea was good, and your work was amazing. The knife turned out very beautifull. I am impresed. Pozdrav iz Srbije.

  29. looks great, nicely done, really like the look of it, good luck all and whoever is the winner will have a really good prize, well done

  30. Like the way you did this video, and the whole concept of participating in the design is really a great idea!
    About the end-product, it’s amazing 🤩
    The product of a real artisan!

  31. Everything about this video is amazing. The production, the video shots, the dialogue, and of course the knife itself! I am going to be incredibly jealous of whoever wins this! lol

  32. Soo 🤔 hmm
    Your Style is beatiful to See what you can do with a Blade a piece of Wood , brass and a many many muscle Pain , and now your Video goes to asmr the Sound from the making of a Knife.
    Nice work My friend

  33. Very nice work, i noticed your channel 2 years ago and i’m addicted. Keep the great work 👏👏👏👏

  34. And the next very good work and video love it it make it history ❤️👍❤️

  35. What a nice man you are. I would like to know more about your clothing. It is something that I’d like to adapt as my style as well.

  36. It is truely amazing, that you are doing that all work only with hand tools, there are not many crafters, who makes knives with bare hands. In one word, amazing!

  37. The voting was fun, and the result is beautiful. I also enjoyed your narration

  38. Spirits of our ancestors are smiling down at you, proud to see you use their tools.

  39. Да вы мастер на все руки!С огромным удовольствием смотрю ваш канал Да только на ножнах где крепление под ремень а именно где две прорези в конце и начале прорези сделайте по отверстию

  40. Молодец Борис,золотые руки,нож отличный👍всего тебе наилучшего!!!

  41. Отличная работа!осталось только наковальню и горн поставить)

  42. FFD You are a perfect representation of the great 1920’s. Keep up the good work.

  43. I’ve been watching and I’m not getting the notifications 😕 p.s. that’s a beautiful knife👍

  44. Привет мой друг Борис 👋👋👋 Рад видеть тебя и твой новый пушечный контент👌🏽 Я удивлён такой тонкой работой а именно рисунком на рукоятки 👍 так и ещё ты не плохой портной 👍👍👍 а ещё мне понравился этот нож и готов даже его приобрести у тебя😋 В целом все супер , так держать, успехов тебе во всем🤝🤝🤝✌🏻🇷🇺

  45. This work is absolutely stunning! I enjoyed this entire process greatly. Thank you for sharing your wonderful work with us.

  46. Your narration was extremely helpful and was of a high quality.

  47. It looks fantastic really enjoyed the process of the voting and the final build video as well I hope you Going to do such a thing again.
    Bless you

  48. Very well done job. Is it possible to purchase a knife like this one made by you?

  49. Lovely! A true fan of your work would love to win in Taiwan 🇹🇼.

  50. Yyyup… mate didn’t expect less from you, great job… very deary to first shape the wood peace and then poke the hole for the blade, with big risk to finally be a bit in angle but I bet it is straight for being that it used hand slow dinamic working tools for the whole process. And finally the leather sheath all simple no fancy but very usefull and functional just like knife users likes it. Congratulations great job.

  51. i love hearing your accent and you explaining everything more. i think you did an amazing job boris! this was a really cool idea and way different than anything i have seen on youtube!! beautiful job

  52. I like how everyone got a say in how it turned out, really great job with the knife it turned out great, hope i win!

  53. Beautiful knife to win. I hope I win in need a Bushcraft knife it will work perfectly.

  54. This was epic, I am so happy that we did this knife build together. Look at it! it is gorgeous, I couldn’t be more pleased . Also I am looking forward to sending this beautiful knife to a lucky winner. 
    10 days until the actual #giveaway starts from this moment. The End date to enter your comment is: 25. June 2021 5 pm (GMT +1). Lucky winner will be announced in a video the next day! Remember to fulfill the rules of this giveaway. More info in the video description section.

    I would like to hear feedback on this video experience in general, since I am experimenting with my voice in the video trying to explain what I am doing. For me this is out of my comfort zone and I hope for understanding. All suggestions and critiques are welcome. Thank you!

  55. Ещё не посмотрел, но 👍
    Душевно. “Тёплый” нож получился.

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