Knife 55 Seax – Vine Filing-laminated scales

Stabilized Spalted Beech and Wenge laminated strips

  • Steel – 1/8”” 1095
  • Blade – 4 1/4″
  • Overall – 8 3/4′
  • Scales – Laminated stabilized beech/wenge
  • Handle Finish – hand rubbed tru-oil

The vine pattern is probably the most common type of file work done on a knife spine. I’ve outlined the steps below so that most everyone can complete this and move on to more exciting filework.

Vine Spline Filing

1). Mark the spine with layout blue or marker. Alternate left and right. I used 3/8″ spacing.

2). Cut semi-circles on the left side every other mark. I used a 5/32” chainsaw file.

3). Cut semi-circles on the right side, every other mark. These are cut the same depth as the left side. (option: make these cuts shifted ahead by 3/16″).

4). With the narrowest edge of a triangular or half round needle file, cut the ‘leaves’ about 3/32″ above each big half round. Do this on both sides.

5). Carefully shape the lower portions of the big half rounds to smooth the vine. I used the flat side of the triangle file to knock the corner off and finished with the chainsaw file.

Mark the spine with layout blue or marker. Alternate left and right. I used 3/8″ spacing. Then Cut semi-circles on the left side every other mark. I used a 5/32” chainsaw file.
Cut semi-circles on the right side, every other mark. These are cut the same depth as the left side. (option: make these cuts shifted ahead by 3/16″)
With the narrowest edge of a triangular or half round needle file, cut the ‘leaves’ about 3/32″ above each big half round. Do this on both sides.
Carefully shape the lower portions of the big half rounds to smooth the vine. I used the flat side of the triangle file to knock the corner off and finished with the chainsaw file.

Laminated Handle

I made this laminated handle on this “Knife 55 Seax – Vine Filing-laminated scales” by stabilized strips of beech and wenge and compressing them together during the process of cooking the cactus juice.

Another good article, http://dcknives.blogspot.com/p/basic-filework-vine.html


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