Shop Knife From Pruning Shears

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Project by Steve Panner posted 11-12-2015 05:48 PM 2096 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I bet every man that ever held some pruning shears imagined them as a knife. I know I did! That’s why, when we broke the handle on ours I decided to make a knife out of them.

The blade was of decent quality and basically it was designed to cut wood, so it should make a great shop knife. The chisel grind will prove useful while tracing a line after a straight edge and also should allow for more precise carving because of the zero angle on one side.

Here’s a video of the whole process:

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#1 posted 11-12-2015 06:19 PM

Nice looking tool and little video! Held my attention all the way through.

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#2 posted 11-12-2015 06:28 PM

nice job!

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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Steve Panner

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#3 posted 11-12-2015 06:59 PM

Thank you!

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#4 posted 11-12-2015 08:05 PM

Very cool. The shape would make a great small skinning knife, as well.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#5 posted 11-12-2015 08:17 PM

Thank you! The handle is fine for a skinning knife but in this case the blade is sharpened only on one side like chisels, great for woodworking but not well suited for skinning, I think.

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#6 posted 11-12-2015 09:59 PM

Wow that was great and such a good video too! never seen a knife made from start to finish. Thanks so much for sharing that with us! Can’t wait for my shears to break now haha :D

-- New to working and learning as much as I can :D

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#7 posted 11-12-2015 10:29 PM

Fantastic! I really like this knife. You did a great job on the knife and video. I put this in favorites for later this winter. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#8 posted 11-12-2015 10:45 PM

Have to agree, I was riveted for the whole video. I’ve made some Sarge steak knife kits, but this is a whole new option. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#9 posted 11-12-2015 11:41 PM

That is a great video.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#10 posted 11-13-2015 02:30 AM

I saw the video…...sweet work!

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#11 posted 11-13-2015 09:52 AM

I just watched,great little video and project.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#12 posted 11-13-2015 01:14 PM

Nice work, Steve. It looks very nice and should make a great tool.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 11-13-2015 02:39 PM

Wow – love this!!!

-- Paul Mayer,

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#14 posted 11-13-2015 06:46 PM

I knew I saved the blades from my broken shears for a reason! Sometimes it’s difficult to justify to my wife the “junk” that I keep. It’s times like these that I think I’m not THAT crazy!

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#15 posted 11-14-2015 11:00 AM

Great idea, wonderful knife and excellent video of the making process!
I feel very stupid because of old shears and mowerblades (could be used for drawknifes) I threw away in the past.

-- Uwe from Germany.

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