Handle | Padauk & Walnut | Kamo R2 150 Petty

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Handle | Padauk & Walnut | Kamo R2 150 Petty

Post by GopherBroke » Tue Feb 28, 2017 3:52 pm

This knife belongs to GeorgeK, and he wanted the handle replaced as the original was slightly offset/crooked, and he didn't care for the feel of it regardless.

The woods used were:
Ferrule - Walnut
Spacer - Curly Maple
Handle - African Padauk

This was my first use of Padauk, and I was not a huge fan of it to be completely honest. Like Wenge, the grain is very open and difficult to close.
The dust from the Padauk was also an issue. It was very clingy and stuff to everything. The ground under where I cut the wood a week ago.. it still red from the saw dust. The t-shirt I was wearing has a faint stain in it and I'm almost certain it's from the wood. It machined well, and sanded well.. except for the open pores not closing.

The curly maple spacer was also a victim to the red in the Padauk. :cry:
Even during sanding the red dust leeched into the blonde maple. I sanded several times, and wiped very carefully with acetone... and as soon as the oil hit it I could see the colors blend. Hindsite's 20/20, and I learned something. I don't like Padauk :lol:

The handle dimensions are duplicated from the factory handle.


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Water Putty was used @ Tang/Ferrule joint
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Re: Handle | Padauk & Walnut | Kamo R2 150 Petty

Post by Joshigon » Tue Feb 28, 2017 6:44 pm

I really love you style and work.
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Post by GopherBroke » Wed Mar 01, 2017 7:49 am

Thanks Josh!

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Post by Bensbites » Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:07 am

As an aspiring knife handle maker I have been drooling over the level of skill that goes into each of these handles. I have studied all your posts!

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Post by GopherBroke » Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:38 am

Thanks Ben! :o :mrgreen:

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Post by Georgek » Wed Mar 01, 2017 1:14 pm

I just added a fresh coat of tung oil on the handle 4 days ago and gave it some light sanding with 2,000 grit sandpaper.
it holds amazingly well, and the color is even more appealing after a year or so of use!
What is not to love on Padauk? Amazing! :P

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Post by GopherBroke » Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:00 pm

The smell.. that nasty red dust that got on EVERYTHING, maybe? LOL

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Re: Handle | Padauk & Walnut | Kamo R2 150 Petty

Post by GopherBroke » Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:25 pm

Noooo!
Wrong wood ;)

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Post by Georgek » Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:25 pm

Not on everything... Almost everything... :P

I got you another piece of red wood to make a mess, "Red Coolibah Burl" :P

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Post by Chefspence » Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:23 am

Yup, looks great of course!

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Post by milkbaby » Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:36 am

I love the look of padauk but it's Cheetos wood to me for the dust and color that gets everywhere! I've sealed the grain with wet sanded tung oil varnish (Watco brand), but I think it would look better with a clear grain sealer like Birchwood Casey brand pore filler vs the wet sanded fill.

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Post by DonnieFi » Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:49 am

Do you find the Padauk colour stains your hands or bleeds at all?

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Post by GopherBroke » Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:53 am

No, but that couple be partly do to the six (or more) coats of tung oil I applied to it.
George would be the better person to answer maybe, as he's the one who uses it... but I didn't have any issues with it once the tung oil went on.

It is the dirtiest wood I've ever worked with.
It dyed the maple spacers that is next to it red, the bench and my hands were red. Simply, it was a mess.
George likes it, so all worth it.

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