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Archive for June 13th, 2012

Garden Knife Scabbard

Mary uses an ancient paring knife (that, back in the day, my father had sharpened beyond all reason) to harvest garden veggies, which called for a scabbard to protect the blade, the bike pack, and the fingers.

I snagged a random block of acrylic from the heap, straightened the long sides, milled a channel just wide and thick enough for the blade down the middle, then added small recesses at the right end for the knife’s haft:

Garden knife scabbard - main block

Garden knife scabbard – main block

The cover is an acrylic sheet, solvent-glued and clamped in place:

Garden knife scabbard - clamping cover

Garden knife scabbard – clamping cover

The cover exposes about 1/4 inch of channel so she can lay the point in place, rather than precisely aligning the point with the slot. I suppose I should have used gray acrylic to provide some contrast; maybe we’ll add a snippet of tape.

Then mill four sides flat, break the edges & corners with a file, and it’s all good (in a blocky kind of way):

 Garden knife scabbard

Garden knife scabbard

The blade has become sufficiently bent over the years that simple friction holds it in the slot. It’s open on both ends so she can flush out the inevitable dirt.

I was going to engrave her name on the back, but came to my senses just in time…

 

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