I wanted to have a few gifts to give the Tour de Wood guys when they came to SoCal, and although I had plans already for Larry and Tom, I was a bit stumped about what to make for Bill and Toni. Since I knew Bill did a fair amount of Neander woodworking, I decided to try making him a marking knife. I made the blade from an unused knife I had in the kitchen, and the scales were made from some olive wood Toni found and sent to me a couple years ago. (More on Toni's olive wood in this post here.) Aside from photos, I've never seen a marking knife, so I was only guessing about sizes and shapes. Time (and hopefully Bill) will tell if I came close.
The handle has indentations to help give it a spot to grip...
I used mosaic pins from Texas Knifemaker's Supply. I don't know how well the blade edge will hold up (it's Chinese stainless steel), but I do know I literally burned up (melted, to be more accurate) several HSS drill bits drilling the two holes for the pins. It's definitely some type of hardened steel...
And a detail shot of one of the pins, as well as an inclusion of some sort in one of the scales...
The handle is finished with a few coats of BLO, Tripoli and white diamond buffed, then waxed with Renaissance wax.
Bill, here's hoping you get many years of use out of it. I apologize again for running out of time before I could make a case or scabbard for it. That piece of folded-over and taped cardboard sure was stylish though, don't ya think?