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    No, having fun making them, making them to sell would take all the fun out of it. I would not know what to charge either! You can buy these shaped knives from a guy who makes them to sell. Many colors of handles to choose from too. Kind of expensive though.

    What kind of steel did you use for this.

    Great tutorial. Few questions: What about tempering the steel to make the blade stronger? Would using a blowtorch or propane torch work?

    These knives are great!!
    Love the artisan look they have.

    I got 3/16 " brass rods @ one of the box stores, Lowees, Homey Depot, or the other place I go, Chinese Tractor Supply! One of them should have it! Use a matching 3/16" drill bit , no glue is needed! Mine are tight, once you peen (round) over the ends on both sides. Enjoy, be safe. Triumphman

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    I dont mean to sound like a perv or anything and im sorry but for a second Homey (guessing that was a typo) looked totaly different yeah well go with that different but anyways this is realy cool :) I cant wait to make one myself

    I just started the "Grizzly Bear" knife from an old piece of leaf spring I found! Its really big and bad! Here is a picture of my progress so far!


    I just started to cut out the basic shape for a bigger knife, I am calling it the "Grizzly Bear" ! Its 1/4" thick, 11 ounces right now, leaf spring steel, rugged and heavy! I'm just having a little trouble with the center hole, the steel is really hard, I have tried anealing, but it did not help! I finally got a small hole by using a masonry drill bit. Most of my drills just squeal and smoke. Oil did not help. The center hole needs to be an inch or so. Any ideas?

    I can imagine this as an assassination weapon... Very good work in other words!

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    Only for self defense! Survival and chores are the ranch. Thank you.

    I recently got five big steel files ffrom a second hand shop for $5.00! I am making a big Tanto style bladed knife from one. Maybe my next 'ible! Fun! Love my workshop time!

    I am currently experimenting with making my own handles from micarta. There are a couple of 'ibles that show how. It smells for a long while. Sort of like plastic auto body work. Hope it disipates or I am going back to wood and deer antler!

    This is very cool, but isn't it a little disingenuous to call this a project 'for next to nothing' and then use 2 grand worth of tools to make it? Is there somewhere I don't know where I can get an angle grinder, belt sander, drill press, band saw, bench grinder and all the rest for next to nothing?

    No offense intended, but renting the use of these tools for long enough to make that knife would probably cost at least the $100 you're trying to save.

    Unless I can come over and use your stuff, in which case we're cool.

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    I am going to make this but instead of the power tools I will be using my hacksaw, my drill, and my dremel.

    You will burn out your dremel trying to make this baby! I use mine so much that I have taken it apart to fix it many times. You would not believe what connects the motor to the chuck.! It is a piece of plastic tubing. Mine burned out recently. So I repalced it with the same size piece of aquarium air hose. Cut it to the same length and slide it on like the broken piece. Its been working great for over a year now! Who new ? I love fixing stuff! Saves me $$$!

    A drill and a file is all you 'really' need to accomplish this. Of course, you're going to be doing a LOT of filing

    It seems to me like u would be paying a lot for your tools. I have an angle grinder that was 20 bucks. A drill press at my local harbor freight tools is 70 bucks a and the bench grinder i have was just over 50. Belt sander 50 and band saw is 130. I don't mean to sound offensive i just want to help u out. So if you happen to be starting from scratch with no tools u can have all the power tools for the knife making process for less than 350 dollars. So harbor freight tools is what i would recommend for you. Most of those tools you listed aren't even truly needed.

    The same job "could" be done with cheaper tools, it would just take a bit longer.

    Cutting out the profile could be done with a hacksaw, the finger hole, could be made with a series of drilled holes, then cut out with a sharp needle file.

    The knife bevel could be done with a hand file, the grip material can also be shaped with a file.

    Then it's a matter of heat treating the blade. If it's a high carbon steel, standard hardening and tempering with oil. If it's stainless then you have to do a sub-zero quench, or send it to a professional to harden the stainless blade for you.

    Expensive tools aren't necessary to make a good knife, expensive tools just make it faster and easier to do.

    that's right , i absolutely agree. Anyway there are different grades in hand tools too. Prefer the best hand tools you can afford .Tungsten or manganese hacksaw blades cut faster than regular carbon steel blades. A diamond titanium coated file may give easier satisfactions in hand working and so on and not always the problem is related to price.