Micarta or Cashcarta knife scales are a composite material made from paper or fabric impregnated with fiberglass resin. The Red, White and Blue Micarta knife handle shown was made from layers of colored construction paper. Each laminated with fiberglass resin and than pressed to squeeze out the excess resin. Check out our short video for some tricks of the trade before creating your own custom knife scales.

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Custom Hand Peened Copper Knife Handle

Making this custom Hand Peened Copper handle is actually pretty easy. Start with a 1/8 sheet of copper and then with the ball end of a hammer start hammering.

Once the copper is peened mark and cut out a piece for each half of the knife handle.

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Drill holes for the pins through each handle as well as through the blades tang.

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You can leave the copper shinny or use a liquid tarnish to give it that well aged look.

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Once the epoxy is dry any excess material can be removed with a belt sander.

Clamp the entire assembly together while the epoxy dries.

Use two part epoxy to cement each handle in place. Also use a little glue on each of the brass pins.

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Please check out our YouTube video, posted above. It details the entire custom DIY Knife Handle project.

Once the glue is dry and the knife is removed from the vise a disc grinder with a flap sanding wheel can be used to shape and form the handle to the desired thickness. After the basic shape is achieved hand sand or use and electric sander to smooth out any rough edges.

Once the pins and the knife handles are attached clamp or use a vise to hold the sections together while drying.

Use a two part epoxy to glue each handle section onto the knife. Also apply glue to each pin before assembly. 

Test fit the aluminum or brass pins to make sure the holes through the knife and handle match.

Once the rough blanks are cut one side at a time can be clamped in a vise to the knife. Drill holes through the existing mounting holes of the knife and through the handle. For this project we used 1/4 inch aluminum shafting and a 1/4 inch drill.

Knife handles can be made out of any hardwood or durable plastic material. First step is to cut out the rough shape with a jig saw.

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