Saw Blade Knife

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Project by DaddyT posted 01-18-2013 05:11 PM 4055 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, this started with me finding an old saber saw blade at my great grandfathers old work shop. I was looking for some old hand files to make knives out of anyways, and thought this might work too. My great grandfather died when I was only 10 years old, so this blade is 25 years old or more. Any ways, I ground the blade down to the shape I wanted with my grinder. Then I hand shaped the edge with files. Next, I cut some walnut scales for the handle. And then it got tricky. I knew I wanted to use pins in the handle, so I marked for the placement on the blade, headed to the drill press and…....ruined TWO titanium drill bits trying to drill through the blade!! Talk about some tough metal !! So I finally got the holes for the pins drilled ( TWO TITANIUM BITS!!!WOW). So I used some 5 minute epoxy to hold every thing together. Drove in the pins, and shaped the handle. Finished in 2 coats of BLO, then 2 coats of wax. The blade sharpened up really good, will have to use it some to see if it keeps one. The walnut scales dont show up really good in the pics, but they are quit nicely grained.

Oh and check out my Stanley #113 ( in the background) I found at a flea market. FIVE BUCKS!!! What a steal! I actually felt kinda bad when I bought it, Cause I actually did feel as if I was stealing it. These things sell upward of $300 on ebay all the time. It will be my next rehabe project. Well I hope ya’ll like the knife, hope it inspires some one else to make one. Now I’m off to make a sheath for it. Oh I just noticed the date on the pics, they are wrong lol. Just took those today.

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut [email protected]#%#[email protected]!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#1 posted 01-18-2013 05:24 PM

Nice job! Looks like it will last another 25 years at least.

-- When it feels like a job, it isn't a hobby anymore.

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#2 posted 01-18-2013 05:25 PM

nice knife, and great steall on the 113

-- Joel

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Michael Wilson

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#3 posted 01-18-2013 05:47 PM

That’s really pretty. Handle seems short to me.

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 01-18-2013 05:49 PM

Jimi, nice wee knife, knifes are great fun I only made one
but it was a very satisfying project and a pleasure to use
The #113, what can I say? Your got a steal of a deal. You
may not use it often but when you need it there is no other
plane that will do it’s job.
When I got mine I designed projects with the plane in mind,
that is a bit lame though LoL

-- 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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#5 posted 01-18-2013 05:53 PM

Looks Good. Why the short handle?

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#6 posted 01-18-2013 06:34 PM

Thanks guys. I made it so that the pomel fit to just inside my palm, which is actually very comfortable for me. Also with the design of the blade, ( notice the curve ) cutting is actually made easier, so you dont have the strain which you would need the extra length for. But its mostly just for my comfort and preference lol

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut [email protected]#%#[email protected]!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#7 posted 01-18-2013 07:37 PM

Nice one! Good catch on that 113. You shouldn’t feel bad. The seller should have done their homework. :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#8 posted 01-18-2013 09:39 PM

I got confused in a bit. Photo was taken last 2007 until I read the last part of the story. That is indeed a winning piece!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#9 posted 01-18-2013 09:41 PM

Nice work. I am also into making knives (see my ebony handle friction folder project) and know how tough it can be to drill holes into steel. I learned from a youtube video by a metal worker to use a sharp bit with the lowest speed on the drill press. You can manipulate the drive belts to reduce speed and also use some thread cutting oil.

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#10 posted 01-19-2013 02:20 AM

That is a nice job you did on both the blade and the scales. I’ve had the same experience drilling the tang. The advice above is what I try but annealing the tang is what the serious bladesmiths do before drilling. Must be done very carefully or you will anneal the blade as well (not a good thing).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 01-19-2013 12:17 PM

What a nice knife you have made, and the blade got a fine shape, but most of all a lovely family history.
Usually to drill holes you will undo the hardening and then redo it after, but you managed.
Here a link to my hompage, where I show the making of a knife, but more interesting the making of a sheath, that could be a next challange for you.
I love the 113, and it is no steal, it is just fair that a good guy like you gets it!
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#12 posted 01-21-2013 12:15 AM

nice knife. I make knives out of lod files sometimes and find carbide drillbits are the only good coice at a high speed.

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