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A very sharp knife made from a binder
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Step 1: Step 1

Open the binder and take out the part that holds the paper without bending it. Then when you have it off flip it over and you should see two strips of metal (the bigger the binder the bigger the blade and it will be stronger). I used a fore inch binder for this. Try to take the metal strips out without scratching them up to much because it will be harder to polish if you don't have a polishing wheel. When you have the two strips out they should have three rings in each strip, when you are at this point move on to the next step. SORRY I dont have a pic for this step :(

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First cover your pliers grip with paper so that it won't scratch the blade. Then push the half loops back out of their holes. This might take a while to do.

DO NOT CUT THEM OFF!!!!!!!!!!!

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With a pair of tin snips or a pair of scissors
(tin snips work the best) cut tip to be on a 45 or more angle I did a 45.

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To make the handle use wood glue to glue 2 popsicle sticks to each side of the blade( the popsicle sticks should cover about 1.5-2.5 inches of the blade). Then clamp and let dry over night. After it is dry wrap it in grip tape and then you are done the handle.

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Uses a metal file to do a rough sharpen. Then use a sharpening stone.

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Use a polishing wheel or a polishing stone to make it shine.

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Now you have a finished knife. If you need a sheath than take poster board cut it to length and then wrap it around the blade 4-5 times and than cover it with tape then you can paint it.

Step 8: VIDEO

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Doohickey2 years ago
Next step: how to turn a knife into a binder!

I dare you. ;)
ryanpriehl5 years ago
 Nice Newton's cradle in that picture! I love those things!
This my binder knife, It's short because I used the wrong part and had to break it, ut it is a pretty good knife. P.S. I didn't have a sharpening stone so I used a Metal File P.S.S. The sheath is cardboard wraped in a cord.
Pat Sowers (author)  NinjaFreak1025 years ago
haha niice looks good!
do u think that a binder sword made of three layers would hold up good
Pat Sowers (author)  NinjaFreak1025 years ago
honestly no. i meen give it a shot but it wont be that good.
zany6 years ago
here is a partly unrelated comment. sorry. i am 15 and don't have a forge, polishing stone, or whatever, and one of my parents is at home pretty much of the time. is there still any way to have a knife or sword? (besides a binder knife-the binder knife was really good though. ty for the instructable)
i know everyone else is posting stuff like this so, ive grown up with knives and stuff, throwing them choppin sht and all that yeah i dont really understand your question
this is a cool idea btw, this instructable
Camisado zany6 years ago
Wow, your parents don't trust you with knives and you're 15 already? Wow.... that must suck. I'm a couple of years younger than you and I start collecting weapons when I'm 9. LOL. I'm trusted with a knife when I'm 8, also got my first wooden sword and a dagger. Got a shoto sword off the internet when I'm nine ( this is when I started collecting weapons ). Weapon collection has been growing rapidly over since. Heck, even got my own storage of weapons! ( If you don't believe me, take a good look at my avatar. The Katana on my back is family heirloom, and the Tanto knife is made by me. Cool, eh? )
Yah I got my first gun which was a savage arms 22. bolt action long rifle when i was 7 or 8 for christmas and now i have my own collection of guns. I started makeing and collection melee weapons when i was 6 or 7 and have a nice collection. PS. I make weapons out of everything is see, today my dada gave me a pair of fingerless gloves and im putting spikes on the knuckles! Should be sweet.
Pat Sowers (author)  zombiehunter965 years ago
hahahah nice!
Pat Sowers (author)  Camisado6 years ago
my parents trust me sooo much with that kinda stuff. they even pay me to upkeep all the knives in t he house. and i forge swords and knives almost daily
I also forge them daily. When do you start collecting weapons?
obamasucks zany6 years ago
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liberals arent anti knives hell many of us arent anti gun i personally think they should stay because they are a right given for protection from the goverment until a less violent way of killing the large majority of the govement for non govermental takeover arises i like guns although come to think of it youd need a fairly large army to actualy try and alot of suicidal people how hate america any way knives are a tool you cant prepare food with a gun or a lot of things no actually most anti knife parents a rebos who need to "protect their kids from them evil liberals whom dont believe in god ... eww it makes my blood currdel" not saying all rebos are like that but most liberals dont mind what their children do to a level
I'm a liberal(like the rest of my family) and my mom (also a liberal, duh) is not real big on knives too. personally, i think knives, guns, and we cannot forget swords, are great. but unless under very specific circumstances, they should not be used to maim anybody.
Camisado5 years ago
lil jon1685 years ago
looks like a shank
Pat Sowers (author)  truckersson96 years ago
whata you need help with?
Well i dont understand how to get the rivets out and what is the blade? reply
Pat Sowers (author)  truckersson96 years ago
the blade is the strip of metal that the rivets are in. to get the rivets out get two pairs of pliers. take the one and hold the blade as close to the rivets as posible. then take the other and hold the rivet pushing and wiggling it till it comes loose (this takes a lot of force) once its loose you should be able to take it out.
i need help badly, could you post a instructable about how to get rid of the rivets?
Thank you very much.I get it now . Have A Nice Day!
Pat Sowers (author)  truckersson96 years ago
no problem. and you too!
sdfive5 years ago
I think ill smith a bunch of these together and make a sword. I'll tell you how it goes this will be my first smithing attempt.
jake walker5 years ago
i took apart the binder but have no way to sharpen and i can't invest in a sharpening stone. any ideas?? thanks
what metal strips? are you using both strips for this project or only one? Please send me a pic.
Pat Sowers (author)  learntodostuff5 years ago
only uses the one. its the metal strip that the half rings are attatched to
you mean the metal strips that helps the rings open and close? if that's what you mean then why do my strips not look like yours, they look skinnier than yours?
cdizzle6 years ago
how did you get the rivets out
Pat Sowers (author)  cdizzle6 years ago
the way ive always done it was by taking two pairs of pliers. hold the blade as close to the half loop as posible and use the other the wigle it out.
pleeeeease answer cdizzle. i have the same problem
15zhangfra6 years ago
yay my binder is breaking anyways what if you where able to replace the matal thing so you could have a hidden one
NCRatSniper6 years ago
Wow, this is so ghetto it's awesome. I remember making blowgun darts out of thin binders when I was a kid. didnt look very nice though. Good ol days of shootin starlings,sparrows, and rats.
Pat Sowers (author)  NCRatSniper6 years ago
hahaah nice dude
z-man62336 years ago
lol i was board so i took apart another binder and made a folding and throwing knife
thoraxe6 years ago
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Pat Sowers (author)  thoraxe6 years ago
ahhaah yeah i know right. my swords and knives i forge are godly. but this is good for a little binder knife. it gets the job done for some people. now my knife omg thikest thing i cut was just shy of 2 inches with a 4 inch blade that thing is freekin sharp as hell.
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