Sunday, 29 April 2012

Frost woodworking knife sheath...

What you have here is an Eric Frost 120 Woodcarving knife, made (I think?) by Mora of Sweden. It is a very basic, very cheap knife, but is the whittling staple for most carvers. Yes there are more expensive, more attractive knives available, but I defy you to find one that does a better job.

The eternal question with these sharp and pointy little buggers is how to safely store them so they are both handy and portable, but safe. You see when you buy one of these knives they come with the pathetic plastic sheath pictured, which have a nasty habit of falling off, meaning that when you rummage carelessly in your tool bag you find out the hard way just how sharp they are.

The barrel-shaped birch handle means they don’t want to remain in a sheath and the very sharp laminated blade means you cannot risk a regular leather sheath as they can slice right through. I know some people use a tool roll, but I didn’t want to go down that route, hence my very thick, cased leather sheaths (they are like iron!) with little hats that ensure they remain in their place. A perisher to cut and sew, but well worth it in the long run.

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