Two Knives I made for fun

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Project by Mike posted 03-28-2011 05:00 AM 2525 views 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I have been playing with the idea of making some knives for some time. I had made two from an old table saw blade, but they weren’t really what I wanted since I had to stay confined to the blade dimensions. I picked up some cold rolled steel from one of the big box stores, made a template, and with my trusty dremel cut out the blade. I used allot of woodworking tools for this project including, my bandsaw (for the handle), drill press (for holes and inside edge cleanup with a barrel sander), sander (for outside edges and general sanding) and the lathe (using it as a buffer with a wheel). I am amazed at how easy it is to make a knife. I always thought that it was difficult, but really it just takes time. Total project material cost for both knives, about $5. I even tested them on meat and vegetables and they cut better than anything else I have in the kitchen! It really goes to show how much people are getting ripped off in those kitchen stores.

I also built a hatchet that isn’t shown, but will be posted later after I clear some wood ;)

Materials Used:

cold rolled steel
Super glue (cytoacrylilate)
Mineral Oil

1) mark steel from pattern
2) use dremel to cut out blade with steel handle attached
3) Drill handle holes in blade blank 1/16” larger than the wood handle pieces
4) Sand cut surfaces to a smooth finish
5) Grind blade into a V shape
6) draw handle template and cut handles
7) using blade blank mark and drill handle holes to exact diameter of brass rod
8) cut brass rod to length and dry fit parts
9) sand handle while dry fit to blade blank to size
10) heat treat in oven for 1 – 2 hours on max temp setting and heat quench in food safe oil
11) super glue handles to blank and fit brass rods while glue is still wet
12) surface sand handles to flush up brass rods
13) hand sand handle to comfortable feel
14) sharpen knife
15) cut somethings and enjoy

-- look Ma! I still got all eleven of my fingers! - -

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#1 posted 03-28-2011 08:18 AM

Nice job. What does “steel handle attached” mean?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 03-28-2011 08:56 AM

looking good :-)
I like the handle on number two it has a more atractive shape

thankĀ“s for sharing


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#3 posted 03-28-2011 03:19 PM

Please take this as constructive criticism. The steel at the bigbox stores is not of the grade steel appropriate for knives. It only has about .18 % carbon. Knife steel needs to be .5 % or higher. The typical kitchen oven is not able to bring the steel up to critical temp (1420 degrees) before you quench. Your blade looks nice though. I am a member of the American Bladesmith Society and since loosing my job I have become a full-time knife maker and bladesmith. Your method is called stock removal (which there are some great knifemakers using this technique). If you really enjoy making knives look into the knife making forums online (won’t post links because I don’t want to offend anyone). There is tons of info on the craft and you can produce good knives. Again I am not trying to insult you or your knife. I just want you and everyone else seeing this that your on the right track your just missing some critical parts to make a quality knife and not a knife shaped object. By the way, if you think this website is addicting, knifemaking is even more so. Take care,

-- Daniel

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#4 posted 03-28-2011 07:23 PM

The knives look really good. I have made a few knives in my younger days before becoming addicted to woodworking. I guess my second hobby would be knife making if, I was not so addicted to saw dust…

-- Robert, Mississippi,

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#5 posted 03-29-2011 05:19 PM

Great first knife. there are a lot of metal types. used for knife makeing. youtube Is a great place to learn the basics. 01 tool steel Is good for kitchen knives and cheap enough.

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#6 posted 04-26-2011 10:49 PM

Great looking knifes

I would like to make a knife like either of these


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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