Tools RequiredThe tools required are very basic and common to most knifemaker's shops:
- Needle file set
- Drill & Bits (preferably drill press)
- Permanent marker (fine tip)
MaterialsAny round stock, stainless rod is ideal as it won't rust when working on damp leather. Look for something in the 5/16" to 3/8" diameter which will work great. I happened to find some alloy rod from discarded crib at the dump.
I marked and cut the rod into 4" pieces with a hacksaw.
I finished the ends with a file just to clean them up after cutting.
There are a few basic stamp end type I'll refer to. Round, square, rectangle and double-D
Example of Double- D.
STAMP #1: LIGHTNING BOLTI made this for no other reason than I think lightning bolts are cool and could make a good border stamp.
I start with a fine tip permanent marker and draw a little lightning bolt on a round end.
Memo here: The stamp will always appear backwards to how it looks when you are working on it. IMHO the lightning bolt should be going the other way, but I can live with it in reverse.
STAMP #2: LEAFLeaves make good borders for all kinds of things. Organic in a way. So this was my next choice. I started with a simple sketch on a round end and worked the outside into a leaf shape.
I am pretty sure that this will come in handy.
STAMP #3: BUBBLE BLOCKBubble Block started as a square end.
Then I drilled some shallow random sized holes on the drill press.
STAMP #4: BRANCHHey, if Leaf gets a stamp then Branch is the next logical step.
STAMP #5: SCALLOPED LINEA simple border is often super effective. Nothing gets easier than a scalloped rectangle. Start with long rectangle and cut grooves across it with the round needle file.
This will certainly be a part of some handsome looking borders.
STAMP #6: DOT CROSSRectangles can make a strong border. This little guy started as a rectangle end.
Very effect and eye catching. (wear your safety glasses kids.)
STAMP #7: DEATH STARI have no idea where this came from. It was very early in the morning.
STAMP #8: RANDOM IMPACTThe sequel to Bubble Block. It was made by punch a round end with a centre punch. Random impacts and varying force puts a cool effect.
Strike with centre punch.
Touch the jagged bit up with sand paper.
And here they are all together again.
If you are lucky enough to have some genuine native Canadian wood (e.g. 2x4) you can drill some holes and make this awesome holder to complete your kit.
Many other ideas came into my head while doing this, heating with a torch, whacking a file into one, bobby pins, using screw heads etc. Let your imagination take you where you want to go.
All the best.