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Assembled Leuku with Sheath
« on: March 09, 2012, 09:56:17 PM »
My interpretation of a leuku.  9 inch Stromeng blade from Ragweed Forge, 5 inch stacked leather handle with brass guard and pommel.  The leather for the handle came from a damaged weight lifter kidney belt I found at the Salvation Army store.  The handle was glued together using T-88 epoxy and clamped until cured, then the tang was riveted and the handle shaped using a drum sander.  The handle was then immersed in melted beeswax for ten seconds.  A heat lamp was used to warm the handle so that the wax would penetrate the leather evenly.  The handle was then burnished using a mule deer antler that had been wet-sanded with 600-grit sandpaper.

The stitching holes for the sheath were made using a drill press and a 1/16" drill bit.  For most stitching work I use either an awl or a stitching chisel (a Craftool 8058, not made anymore), but for a project of this size the drill press method makes for faster and more precise stitch holes.  Not counting the glue drying time, I was able to complete the sheath in about four hours.  Using more traditional methods, it would have probably taken me twenty hours.  I wanted folks to know that PW wasn't the only one who has had good results using the drill press.





















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Re: Assembled Leuku with Sheath
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2012, 12:06:01 AM »
 :o

And I say again...

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That is beautiful, how does she feel in the hand?
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Re: Assembled Leuku with Sheath
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2012, 12:11:16 AM »
Wow, great job! Looks fantastic!

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Re: Assembled Leuku with Sheath
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2012, 02:14:39 AM »
Very nice indeed. Great work there. :)
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Re: Assembled Leuku with Sheath
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2012, 07:46:33 AM »
That's great looking!  Have you used the blade much yet?  What are your thoughts on it so far?

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Re: Assembled Leuku with Sheath
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2012, 08:31:33 AM »
wow, combat leuku, that is awesome.  you can almost use it to size your firewood haha.

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Re: Assembled Leuku with Sheath
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2012, 04:31:37 PM »
:o

And I say again...

 :o

That is beautiful, how does she feel in the hand?

Warm and comfortable.  Light chopping does not give you a sore hand.

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Re: Assembled Leuku with Sheath
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2012, 05:07:47 PM »
That's great looking!  Have you used the blade much yet?  What are your thoughts on it so far?

I've used it to chop twigs the thickness of a thumb, splitting of small pieces of firewood (pine) for kindling, and making feather sticks both by slicing down on the stick and also by holding near the tip of the blade with my left hand and handle in my right and pulling toward me like you would use a drawknife.  The edge showed no damage, and less than five minutes with a diamond file on both sides of the blade following the bevel from guard to tip had the edge sharp enough to shave hair from a forearm.  The thin blade (slightly less than 1/8") is really more for slicing than chopping and should be good for processing meat, which is what I have in mind for it.

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Re: Assembled Leuku with Sheath
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2012, 05:31:13 PM »
wow, combat leuku, that is awesome.  you can almost use it to size your firewood haha.

LOL, I am many things, but Rambo is not one of them  :).  Now that you mention it, though, it does call to mind some WW1 and WW2 designs. 

Every once in a while when hunting, a large herbivore ends up getting put down in a place it is difficult to get it out of.  I wanted a tool more suited to the task of de-boning the meat and sizing it to pack back to base camp, as well as a tool not likely to slip in my hand when up to my elbows field dressing a carcass.  I'm looking forward to this hunting season to see how it works out.

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Re: Assembled Leuku with Sheath
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2012, 05:54:41 PM »
I LOVE it, great job!

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Re: Assembled Leuku with Sheath
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2012, 06:59:12 PM »
Wow
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Re: Assembled Leuku with Sheath
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2012, 07:51:23 PM »
I LOVE it, great job!

I say the same thing about your blog, Gurthy!  Lots of good information to be found there.

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Re: Assembled Leuku with Sheath
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2012, 09:32:33 PM »
OUTSTANDING job on that one!!!
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Re: Assembled Leuku with Sheath
« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2012, 02:21:14 PM »
Nice job!  I like the looks of that knife!
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Re: Assembled Leuku with Sheath
« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2012, 06:20:32 PM »
That is one beautiful knife always loved the look on stacked  handles
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Re: Assembled Leuku with Sheath
« Reply #15 on: April 08, 2012, 09:54:39 PM »
if you ever get tired of it, shoot me a PM ;)
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Re: Assembled Leuku with Sheath
« Reply #16 on: April 09, 2012, 04:57:09 AM »
Very sturdy looking camp knife. You did a really nice job on that handle.
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Re: Assembled Leuku with Sheath
« Reply #17 on: April 10, 2012, 07:38:15 PM »
Thanks for all the kind words, guys.  Putting it together was fun.

Red, PM sent............. :)