I wanted to make my own stacked wood and leather knife handle. I purchased a full tang Mora knife blade, and got the material for the handle from scrap I had at home. For the wood, I used an old hardwood piano bench leg, and a thick birch branch.
For the leather, my wife gave me one of her old black leather purses. For the end pieces, I used an old brass wall candle holder.
I cut out and sliced the various pieces, and stacked and glued them on the knife tang, locking it all up tight with the brass end pieces. I shaped and polished the handle down to shape, mainly using a file (for the brass), a rasp, and sand paper. I put a few layers of clear coating for the finish.
I ended up using the knife over two summers, before it eventually broke. The blade and the handle were strong enough for their intended use, but I tend to beat my knives, using them where I should be using a hatchet or axe instead.
When I took apart the broken handle, I noticed rust on the tang. Over time, the stacked pieces had loosened up and moisture
I think I can still use this handle. I may or may not repair the broken tang. If I don’t use the full tang, I will make a solid one-piece wood handle. was able to get in between the pieces.
The most important lesson for me, I think, is that I need to get a hatchet for my wood cleaving instead of using the knife.
If I make a stacked handle again, I will use thicker leather, more birch wood, because it has nicer pattern, and I would use a darker coating for the finish.