Kuikka 70

Step by Step

The first steps are actually the same for every knife.

  • First you need an idea
  • Then the choice of the appropriate materials
  • Fitting and correct positioning of the bolster on the blade
  • Cutting and drilling of the following parts
  • Gluing and letting dry

These steps are described in detail with the Yakut knife here.

  • With this small everyday knife I have chosen a piece of reindeer antler for the design of the handle. I also wanted to go one step further and try to give the handle a pattern with the help of the Dremel – so to create an “anti-slip area” close to the blade.
  • For the knob, the traditional curly birch is used.
  • As the first spacer I have again 1mm cork on top.
  • I used leather for the 2nd spacer between reindeer antler and curly birch
  • All parts were glued and the 2-component adhesive was able to dry for a good 24 hours this time.
  • With the belt grinder and afterwards with the Dremel, I gave the handle its basic shape.

Of course, from time to time mistakes happen to me from which I learn again and again…..
The birch should have formed the complete knob. But I accidentally drilled through the whole piece and stupidly it was my last piece of birch…..

In such a case there are of course different solutions and it depends on what you have at your hand.

  • You could fill the hole with wood paste or use something like a “button with fringes” made of leather (see gallery) or cover the surface with an end cap made of nickel silver, brass or another material.
  • I covered the hole with a small piece of pine wood.
  • Since polished horn can be rather slippery, I wanted to achieve in the next step with a decoration to make the knife in the front area a little more handy. So I decided to drill small holes and color them with oil paint.
  • Before the oil paint is applied, the surface must be polished completely smooth. This is the only way to wipe off excess paint with a damp cloth without discoloring the surface of the antler.
  • After the paint is dry, everything is finely polished again and finally oiled.

One last remark:
antler is a living material, elk antler is harder than reindeer antler and therefore a little more difficult to work with. But also reindeer antler can be, within the same piece, very different in its hardness and it is therefore important to have well sharpened tools at hand.