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I've been sort of gearing up in preparation to teaching myself how to rehair violin bows and maybe do some other lutherie [link]. So as to not put out any great $um, I've Googled images of what tools are used. Many of them look like variations of tools around the workshop. One in particular looks a great deal like a striking knife.

I started with an old, dull 3/4 inch spade bit. I marked a 45 degree angle on it and grouned it down with my bench grinder, keeping it cool with frequent water dippings. I then used my belt grinder to put a bevel on one side of the blade. I honed it to sharpness on a whetstone. It's not scary sharp, but it's sharp.

For the handle I took a scrap piece of walnut and cut it to rough size. I drilled a hole in one end to fit the shank of the bit into. fitted a copper ferrule around the hole and forced the bit shank into the hole. Some sanding and shaping followed. I finished it with boiled linseed oil. I think it looks pretty cool too.

Note: As a striking knife, I think the beveled edge is on the wrong side for a rightie like me. For a lutherie or carving knife, I think it's okay. Let me know if I just made this backwards. I can probably fix it.

[EDIT] The real answer is that this knife is sharpened on the correct side, but that I will need to make a second knife that is sharpened on the other side. Different knives, different uses.

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Great Idea and well done! Nothing like making your own tools!
 

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Great Idea and well done! Nothing like making your own tools!

- woodshaver (Tony)
Thanks. Sometimes it's the only way to get what you need.
 

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Very creative. Fine looking tool.
 

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What a great idea. Sometimes the obvious isn't so obvious.
 

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What a great idea. Sometimes the obvious isn t so obvious.

- calisdad
I'm glad you like it.
 

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It looks great! I've been wondering where to source cheap tool steel for such a project!

And it's not on the 'wrong' side, but it is for a left hand / left side mark!. These usually get sold right handed as single knife; or in a set of three… right, left and double bevel. Get started with this one, but you may find you want to make the other two as well.
 

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Thanks! I may just grind the bevel on the other side and pretend the knife is older. ;-) John Heisz among others has made a few knives on YouTube. I think I should make a carving knife too.
 

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The real answer is that this knife is sharpened on the correct side, but that I will need to make a second knife that is sharpened on the other side. Different knives, different uses.
 
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