Friday, July 8, 2011

Knives from turned toothpicks

Full toothpick, cut to knife length, one side shaved, both sides shaved, rough tip ready for shaping with emery board.

The blades are shaped roughtly with an X-Acto knife just shaving the uncarved part of the toothpick (after it's been cut to desired blade length) down bit by bit on either side until it's as thin as possible then finishing the shaping with emory boards. Then the blades are painted silver with my pilot pen and the handles stained with a Minwax stain marker or painted with nail polish.

(Step 1) Cut the round part of the toothpick off about 5/8" from the edge of the   carved part. Rest the 5/8" part on the edge of a table or book or something and hold on to the carved part. 
(Step 2) Using a new x-acto blade, shave about four thin strips of wood as     evenly as you can make them off the top of that piece (or until you've shaved away about 1/3 of the thickness of the toothpick). Don't try to take off too thick a layer at once. 
(Step 3) Flip the piece over, lay the flat side against the table and do the 
same thing on the other side.
(Step 4) When you have it down to about 1/3 (or less) of its original 
thickness, you can take your x-acto blade and cut off the end of the "blade"at an angle to begin shaping the tip.
Once that's done, you can again rest the "blade" flat side down and sand it smooth with an emery board. When both sides are smooth, take your emery board and sand across the blade one side at a time at an angle until you have an "edge" to your blade.
The "blades" are actually pretty sturdy and I've yet to break one but I have (more times than I care to think about) taken off way too much when I've 
been shaving the wood off. In which case I simply make a paring knife 
instead of a carving knife. LOL
Once you get going, you can make any length and shape blade you want.
1. Once carved, paint or stain the handle first. (I just finished a batch and 
used red nail polish to paint the handles. This way I get the colour and 
sheen at the same time. I've also used permanent marker to colour the 
handles and then J.W. etc. gloss varnish. Or Minwax stain markers for the wood effect. I don’t advise using acrylic paint as it will raise the grain of the wood and you’ll get straggly ends and it’s pretty difficult to sand them 
away.) Then stick the knife (knives) into floral oasis by the blade and let sit overnight until the handle's totally dry.
2. Once dry, you can hold it by the handle while you use the silver Pilot pen to colour the blade. Then you can just put the whole thing on a sheet of 
wax paper until the blade is dry.


  1. wow these are great! thanks for sharing this ! How is your hubby doing? Days are long at the hospital aren't they. Take care of yourself.
    Judy L

  2. Once you get going on these they're quite addictive. Think I've probably made at least 500 of them. LOL

    Vern hit a bit of a bump in the road a couple days ago but doctors still say we can expect him home in a couple weeks.

    Incredibly long days! So thankful that I'm a reader - have lost count of the number of books I've read. VBG