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This old cleaver restoration.

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    Nice specimens. Never owned a clever but always wanted one. I argued for weeks with a guy on a bbq forum about the difference of what yankees call Osage Orange and Texas folks call Boi de' Arc..heavy on the french. lol. Its pretty highly prized as fence posts out in the hick areas. Havent sent it used much much for knife or gun handles. but it should be tops.Rumored not to rot or be bug proof or something. Would be gret to see a chunk stained up nice. Sorry to report..no it do not burn as hot as mesquite no matter what it says in the old farmers Almanac. lol.
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    Dating things like that can be hard. Village forge I found out by talking with someone that that worked their at a very young age they moved the stamp from the blade to the handle in 1940. Stuff like that helps at least get a closer number
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    Took a while grinding down the tang so the scales would sit flat. Finally got the holes drilled and the front of the scales rounded off.



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    Hey Robie I noticed right away the orange osage doesn't seem to burn as easy on the end grain as the purple heart. It will still burn but with a light touch on the belt sander its a little easier not to burn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hawgrider View Post
    Hey Robie I noticed right away the orange osage doesn't seem to burn as easy on the end grain as the purple heart. It will still burn but with a light touch on the belt sander its a little easier not to burn.
    Good. I haven't worked with it it a long time. I know the purpleheart burns like crazy.

    Glad to see you went with the OO. It's a lot denser and heavier than the walnut and may be better suited for something like a cleaver.

    Things are lookin' good!
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    Got the pins cut and fitted.






    While test fitting the scales I realized it was going to be tough getting the front of the scales on the belt sander after the glue up so I put some shape to them before I do the epoxy. Glue up is next.

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    Getting better!
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    Hawg, you are going to like the osage orange, it will loose color unless you coat it, I use real marine spar. Don't try the urethane crap.

    The wood will burn working it. Tuff as nails.

    This old cleaver restoration.-green-river-osage.jpg

    P.S. I've got a huge mullberry coming down. They say it's like osage. Any experience? I've got a small lumber mill.
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    Those are some good looking knives there Trapper.

    I'm thinking I'll use the butcher block oil for the finish. I liked the results on the purple heart scales I did.
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    Finally got to the glue up this morning.
    Gotta be quick with a 5 min set time on this epoxy.

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