heat_mon: not a bad modification at all. i would have personally gone with more of a
straighter sheepsfoot, but hey im not the maker
one question though, how well are the brass handles lasting? i dont own a
brass handled knife like a higonokami or anything, but it seems like one
good squeeze or bend can mess up the brass, especially on hardware store
will d: what a great idea, the simple things in life are often the best.
Gray Au: still no real locking mechanism that's pretty freaking sketchy
Howard Moore: the one on the left can be purchased at Garrett Wade 29.95
slim salha: nice job mate
MyMetalWoody: Cool vid and great idea. I did pretty much the same thing except I left one
side of the brass about an inch longer, hammered a little u-shape into it,
and bent it back and it makes a great pocket clip for it.
Warbeast911: the left one is very nice also selfmade?
flacteMnaD: The blade on the left is a Japanese Higonokami knife. It's made of
sandwiched/layered steel. Originally designed as a carpenter's utility
blade, and has been in production without change for over 100 years.
They're easy to find on eBay. It was the inspiration for the Opinel
flacteMnaD: I love that Higonokami, Japanese knife and have shaved with it. Nothing
better when you want to make clean, smooth cuts on wood. You need Japanese
waterstones to perfectly sharpen and show layers. I sharpen my Higonokami
to 3000 grit to bring out the steel layers, then a quick polish on 6000
grit for a cleaner edge, finally a careful few strokes on 3000 again to
make the steel layers visually pop. Sharpening on non-waterstones works,
but isn't as pretty since you can't see the metal layering.
Joe T. Baggerly: Very impressed with your original idea to take a broken knife and make
something useful out of it. Great presentation as well. Thanks!
BackwoodsBushcraft: Wow, that's nice. It's like a totally different thing but still a good old
weizenale: I have one of those Japanese knives.:) pretty damn sharp
captainkid1: good mod, I was thinking of doing something similar since I find the
opinels way to thick and a dou-douk like handle would be perfect for it.
Ardie Reitsma: check out Douk-douk, another French brand, that makes friction folders just
like that. very cheap, nice carbon steel and Famous in the former French
colonies for over 70 years and used recently for decades by the Army and in
the French Foreign Legion, these are tough, working knives
flacteMnaD: Thanks! It's in my pocket everyday now. The slim handle makes it easy to
carry even in a pair even in a pair of dress pants. One of these days I'll
work on making another one, and perhaps howto videos along with that. I'd
really like to make my own blade with single bevel blade like a classic
Japanese style and put it in a folding handle like this.
BackwoodsBushcraft: This video deserves more views!
flacteMnaD: @Henry Chilton. How did I break the handle? I was doing some detail work on
the handle that required it's removal. When removing the blade pivot pin
from the handle it jammed in the wood of the handle and I couldn't get it
to move either in or out. Eventually, while working on this pin removal the
handle cracked. I agree, that Opinel handles are very reliable when you
don't mistreat them.
8steve88: That's one of the attractions of Opinels, they are so cheap and simple they
almost beg to be modified. I have a couple with broken or useless handles
where I've been "improving them" :) I just see the broken ones as future
projects. I'll have to give this a go as I like the Higonokami style
knives. Great video, thanks.
wolfy9005: Easy way to bend the brass is to heat it with a blow torch over a piece of
1/8th steel bar(or the thickness of the blade, or whatever), after a few
moments of heating, you could easily push it around the steel. If it goes
too far it doesn't really matter since you could simply add a small piece
of metal on the rear section to keep it the same width as the front, and
then braze it in so it is (more or less) permanent.
spiritbear2a: Beautiful modification.. Good job..!
flacteMnaD: Thank you for the comment. As I understand it the only problem with heating
brass to bend it is that you don't end up hardening the brass. Like copper,
brass hardens as it is worked, so banging to bend it over helps to give me
a slightly harder brass 'handle' for the knife. Ideally I think setting up
a jig with a press attached to a thin piece of steel to press the brass
into the proper shape would be far better than my hammer method, and would
likely be easier and look nicer.
Henry Chilton: First of all great work, and a very resourceful fix to a broken handle. I
just have to ask...how did you great the handle? I only ask because i have
around 15 opinels(ranges from age and size) and i have broken one blade,
but never a handle
Smokingfeatherwalks: Love it! I will be making one for sure!