Making a WWII Stacked Leather Knife Handle




Today in the shop I had the opportunity to create something for an old family friend, and try out a new technique at the same time. The WWII M3 trench knives …

42 thoughts on “Making a WWII Stacked Leather Knife Handle

  1. nicole Sticklen says:

    Just a tip for doing your holes into the leather to go over your tang. Grind a small piece of steel pipe till its similar to a punch at the end. Hammer it to a oval shape so its slightly bigger than the tang and should punch your holes like butter

  2. Matthew M says:

    Wow thanks man. Years of using it in leather work and knifemaking and I finally know how cart-a-banana cream probably should be pronounced. 🙂

    Nice work on the ww2 blade.
    My Grandfather had some beauties too.
    Nowadays he'd probably be hauled off to prison for bringing back a few soveigneirs though. And the government would issue a formal apology and compensation and safe spaces and visa waver scheme for offending the poor oppressed nazis delicate senses.

    Course nowadays they wouldn't have the kahoonas to even fight such a war let alone to win.

  3. Johny Cash says:

    I've seen similar blade shape just larger blade as hunting knife I loved it but I saw copy of this couple days ago looks nice but when u have this kinda antic is good yea but u wanna keep it and keep the memory as well as u can get another to use doe

  4. Eli Griggs says:

    I really liked this handle refurbish, with the important exception of leaving the pin 'floating' on with a bit of epoxy, with no mechanical fastener or peen-over. While today it is a family heirloom, who knows what a future user will require of it.

    I also wonder, with time, will the drying leather break the glue bond, leaving the cap to drop-off.

    I'm looking forward to your next video.

  5. Paul Martin says:

    Excellent video, now I've got to repair an old Ka-bar that my uncle gave me years ago, this vid will help me do it! Your friend will really like what you did, good job!

  6. sharkfinbite says:

    Wait… Germans used a knife with one side having being sharp, and the other having only partially sharped too? I must ask this. Did they made this choice out of, "convergent evolution," in combat knife development over the years in their culture, or did they have some influence from Bowie knives? Manufacturers did in fact sell them globally. It isn't impossible for one person to decide incorporating the concept into theirs.

  7. forrest stump says:

    you should have..I would have..should of..would of..could of…. Its amazing how many experts there is on utube. most of whom probably cant even tie their shoes. Great job!

  8. Baikal Tii says:

    Normally, U.S. contractors peened the end of the tang over the pommel. That threaded bit you had is inconsistent with WW2 U.S. manufacture, as is the shape of the guard. It's gratifying you didn't have to do this to a real M3.

  9. gadgethunter says:

    I don't know if it would have been original, but I would have silver soldered the guard onto the blade while everything was bare. Would have added some strength to the rebuild. But still, a nice job.

  10. whpainting says:

    Excellent work and presentation. The "arm chair quarterback" in me ask why you did not rethread and tap the butt cap, or peen over the end, but I am just thinking out loud. I have no reason to say I know better. Great work bringing it back to life.

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