First couple tries at knife making

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Project by JCamp posted 10-28-2020 07:24 PM 642 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first couple tries at knife making. The antler one was a piece of broken antler I found a few years ago in my foodplot a couple springs ago. The brass collar was a piece I saved from a old water or gas line fitting. The blade is a hidden tang (I think) and is all epoxied together. The wood handled knife is a full tang (again- I think that’s what it’s called). The wood is maple that I glued to the blade then used a torch to heat it and turn it dark brown….. fun fact: 5min epoxy comes loose when heated, so after the handles fell off I replied them and used the metal from a couple political sign stakes (my neighbor may b missing his Biden sign lol jk)and glued them in place. Not sure how it’ll all hold up but I doubt they’ll b used much anyway.
Both of these blades are made from a piece of wide bandsaw blade that my uncle gave me (picture below). They are pretty easy to work with but not a material that is suitable to bushcraft or anything rough like that. Both are small knives that would do well for squirrel skinning though. I did not do any heat treatment on the blades. My uncle has made a few knives out of them and he says the blades are heat treated on the teeth side anyway. Regardless they take a decent edge pretty easy but I wouldn’t trust it as my only knife in a survival situation.

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#1 posted 10-28-2020 10:11 PM

Those are really nice!. I love the simple clean lines and the compression fitting collar is a nice touch. The steel should be pretty tough and hold an adequate edge. Make more!

-- Doug

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#2 posted 10-29-2020 12:32 AM

Thanks for the encouragement Doug. They were fun simple projects. Got a couple more designs bouncing around in my head I’ll probably start working on soon

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#3 posted 10-29-2020 12:50 AM

thats a damn cool looking knife,nice work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 10-29-2020 01:52 PM

nice job

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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#5 posted 10-29-2020 02:25 PM

simply love the antler knife you will have to join in the next knife swap everyone would be happy to get that ….. GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#6 posted 10-29-2020 03:15 PM

Nice work JC. While a big Bowie or a nice skinner are great to have in the woods, small knives like that are the ones that get used the most often around my shop/house/truck/yard/office/etc. Even better when you can make them yourself and get just the right shape and size to suit you :-))

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#7 posted 10-29-2020 07:04 PM

Both look great. Like Tony said keep an eye out fo one of the knife swaps one is happening now. Hoping my offering comes out looking good.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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