I've been working on and off for my father and his painting crew since I was 14, and I've been more or less full time for a good portion of this year. (I was forced to leave my previous job due to a family emergency, and they did not need me back after it resolved.) During the time I've worked for him I've come to realize that one of the most useful tools we have in our arsenal is the 5-in-1. On paper it's just a putty knife/paint scraper with a few odd ends for cleaning paint rollers and opening paint cans, however in practice it has about a thousand other uses that you wouldn't even consider.
I figured that this tool was too useful a tool not to embellish and venerate. Sure, it's a cheap item that you can find in any hardware store for under 5 dollars, but like my pocket knife I end up carrying it with me whenever I go to work. (And when I don't, I will almost always need it at some point during the day.)
I wanted to get some practice in before I made my first knife, but I also wanted to make my father an excellent birthday present for being so awesome.
The handle is wallnut finished with Danish Oil. My maker's mark was laser engraved into the handle by a place here in Boston called "Danger!Awesome." (I tried to do a callback to the way that companies put their logos on the handles of these tools.)
Huge thanks to a friend of mine, Kevin Klein, for helping me harden this and for answering all my little questions about handle making. (I will admit that I over think things a lot more than I should.) I'll post a link to his work once I get a website from him.
1084 and 15n20 tool steel, walnut, and sterling silver.
Completed: August 13th, 2013.
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