How-To: Glow-in-the-Dark Knife Handles

Michael Gavac is a knife- and sheath-maker in Brooklyn. In this 13-minute video, he demonstrates his dirt-simple process for casting handy GITD epoxy-composite handles on full-tang skeletonized blades. Besides the knife, only epoxy, GITD powder, a stir stick, a couple slabs of foamcore, and some bits of masking tape are required for the actual casting process. Michael rough-carves the cast epoxy, with a hobby knife, before it’s completely cured, then finishes up with sandpaper once it’s hard. He gets the GITD powder from Glow Inc. More pictures of Michael’s work can be found here, and his blog is linked below.

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I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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