Handle Thickness Guidelines?
Posted 14 February 2011 - 08:18 AM
Last time I tried and failed, one of the criticisms was that my handles were too thick.
Is there a general reference for handle thickness one should observe?
I understand that it will vary depending on the knife and blade size.
MS Kessler’s excellent book on Handles and Guards gives guidelines
for guard thickness and handle lengths,
but I did not see guidelines for thickness across the handle.
Can someone advise as to the basics or rule of thumb?
T. A. Toler
Posted 14 February 2011 - 09:09 AM
I find that a huge bowie will be about 1 1/16 at the thickest part of the butt. With the handle contoured appropriately; much thinner at the guard in most cases; with a slight palm swell in the middle that splits the difference in the two. A hunter at 5/8 inch at the thickest has a nice feel. Too thin is almost impossible, in my opinion.
These are handles with good contours. Plank handles and hoe handles will look awfull in almost every case. Proper shaping and contouring of handles is far more important than a specific thickness.
Posted 14 February 2011 - 02:03 PM
Troney, The next time you see a knife you like. It just looks right to you, you know. Take notice of the details of it's measurements. How wide the guard is and the butt, etc. Then use this mental snapshot to go and draw up your own. When you are happy with the drawing, stick to it. Have faith in it. Make each part the way you have it drawn and to it's planned demensions. I have found that througout the stages of construction, the parts individually may not look right or proportionate. But, dont deviate from your plan, because the complete knife will. Lin
Posted 14 February 2011 - 08:44 PM
Anvil Top Custom Knives
Posted 15 August 2011 - 11:29 PM
It is an interesting one. I make knives with all different size handles. Some people like them larger and some smaller. Individual hand size is obvious, but we as makers who intend the knife for anyone that would be interested in buying and more-so, using it, we have to be able to make some educated "guesses" at making it work and feel good to more than just one person.
As far as size....I look at the Bill Moran book often & find that his handles are also in different sizes but often are rather large, especially on his bowie knives. Just thought I would mention that.
I look forward to seeing some of your work in person someday.