Several seasons ago I was asked by a customer to make an everyday knife for him. He’d be traveling all over the world, and needed something useful and reliable. On his latest visit home he told me that, without realizing it he dropped his knife at the edge of a camp fire over night. When he found it in the morning the handle was burned, but other than that the knife was in fine shape. However, since the handle was smaller it didn’t really fit in the sheath anymore. I made a new sheath for it, and sharpened it up. He wanted to keep the burned handle, and I’m glad he did.
The wood used on this knife was Osage Orange, I chose it because it’s natural oils help it remain stable in changing climates. I never would have guessed that it would hold up so well to being in a campfire!
Notice how the middle pin acted as a heat sink, the area right around it isn’t burned.
This end, with the exposed tang can be used as a bottle opener now!
Here are the new and old sheaths next to each other.