Introduction: Bowie Knife

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This is how I made my custom Bowie knife

Step 1: Design

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The first thing that needs to be done when makeing a knife is always come up witha rough sketch of what u want it to look like

Step 2: The Blank

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Cut out the blank for your knife

Step 3: Profile Work

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Once you have cut out your blank you need to clean up the edges with a file. Then grind the bevel into the knife

Step 4: Heat Treat

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After you put the bevel on the blade it is time to heat treat. To heat treat your blade you need to build a rough forge or fire that will get the blade hot enough. Once you have heated the blade so that it is glowing brightly you need to quench it in oil

Step 5: Clean Up and Handle

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After the heat treat there will be black residue on the blade so that needs to go. Once that is done u must start the handle. There are many different way to make the handle but my favorite way is to take multiple kinds of wood and glue them to the tang. Once the glue dries I grind the wood I to the shape I want

Step 6: Finishing Touches

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Once I have fished the grinding and I'm happy with how it looks I go over it with sand paper and put some wood finish on it

Step 7: Done

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The last step is to just wait for the finish to dry and then u have a new knife


kingwolf44 (author)2014-03-10

Be careful with that you did not temper it so it is like glass.

(it is in a brittle state after heat treating so you temper it to relax it a bit)

crichey2 (author)2013-12-24

Ur welcome

jhowie103 (author)2013-12-06

Thank u

crichey2 (author)2013-11-29

By the propper deffinition it is a hornet karambit

jhowie103 (author)2013-10-24

By the proper definition what is it.

dchall8 (author)2013-10-23

While you're reading up on knives, read up on Bowie knives. This is not a Bowie knife by any definition.

luke325 (author)2013-10-22

Which part of it was not safe

jhowie103 (author)2013-10-21

As a disclaimer this I a instruct able for those with. Common spence on regular safety precautions and ice been makeing knives for five years this is just my first Bowie

jhowie103 (author)2013-10-21

The reason I didn't temper was because I didn't know how. I need to do research on it but ya. I'm used to makeing small fishing knives not Bowies.

Justinvent (author)2013-10-21

It seems like you are new to knife making, I suggest that you read up on correct and safe procedures and revise your Instructable, we don't want any community member to get hurt. Good start

EmcySquare (author)2013-10-21

?? Why didn't you temper it afther quencing?

Gregbot (author)2013-10-20

Cool! Thanks!

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