Introduction: COLD FORGING a KNIFE FROM a NAIL

You need a nail, a hammer, a lump of steel for an anvil (a sledge hammer head will do), a stump, a flame, a couple of pliers, and a file.

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jamison_spitzer (author)2012-11-25

These are awesome. When I was a kid Dollywood in TN would make you a knife like this from a railroad spike. It's always been a regret of mine that I didn't get one.

I wonder what TSA would say if you tried to walk through the airport with a pocket full of these? :) Nice work.

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gabe yoo (author)jamison_spitzer2016-02-20

try it haha

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jdodson6 (author)2014-06-02

Thank you for showing how to turn the mundane into something of great value and craftsmanship. Pennies to dollars in minutes. Makes a cool letter opener. With a little refinement a detailing skinning knife for those hard to get places. Thanks from Deep Bush Alaska! Beautiful work! :)

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ArticAkita (author)2014-04-02

HA! thanks to this little gem I now have a plan for all those railroad spikes my boyfirend & I gathered up in Alaska when we had extra time to kill. :D

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JGSales (author)2014-01-30

I love this!

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Jar Sqwuid (author)2012-01-17

That is absolutely fantastic. I am going to HAVE to try this. I see a decorative shadow box in my future.

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