Introduction: Cheap Viking Knife!

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You know what's cool? Modifying kitchen knifes into a broken back seax or a knifr (viking knives). "How?" I hear you ask. Well; let's start, shall we?

Seax is a traditional Saxon knife that was also used by vikings in the form of broken back seax.

Disclaimer: You may ruin good knives. This isn't the end of the word. Open up some jazz, light up a cigarette and get in deep thoughts and think about what made you ruin it. I do that.

Step 1: Safety First.

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  • Gloves: Because grinding disks that revolve in around 11,000 revolutions per minute can very well leave a mark that may never heal. Also, you will look approximately %10 more professional.
  • Glasses: Never mind how retro you will look; because a bad reputation isn't nearly as dangerous as flying shards of wood and metal.
  • Apron: Well, you mind as well keep your shirt clean. Not that important if you want to ruin your clothes. I say, put it on.
  • Ear protection: Unless you want to lose your hearing quick, use them. Less headaches also mean a happier and higher quality work.

Step 2: Materials Und Tools, Ya.

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Okay, run to your kitchen drawer and grab an old knife. If you want something super fancy buy a new knife. Grab your usual tools.


  • A kitchen knife.
  • Paint and primer (No need if you will use this knife as a kitchen knife)
  • Leather dye for dying wood.
  • The meaning of life.
  • Valhalla.

Bonus sheath:

  • Aluminium tape
  • anything that looks like leather
  • Cardboard
  • Glue


  • A disc/side/stationary grinder
  • A dremel
  • A pair of hands

Step 3: Design

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See, staring very easy.

Draw your knife on to paper and look at some pictures for reference to design out your future zombie/robot/ghost hunting weapon and contest winner masterpiece (no?).

Mark it on the knife.

Step 4: Shaping Away

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This is the very complicated step of cutting the marked areas.

Use the dremel tool to cut and the grinder to shape the excess material into wood dust and metal shavings.

If the current product looks no so promising, don't worry. Listen to some Bob Marley and continue shaping.

Caution: Wear the gloves and glasses and maybe the apron. Shards will fly everywhere

Step 5: Stop. Hammer Marks.

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Change the dremel tip into something smooth, round and good looking.

Slowly make round rustications on the metal plate. We are in the 10th century, blacksmiths beat the metal until it cries. Take your time and make small maneuvers so that way the dremel tip wont break.

Step 6: Painting and Dying

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If you google how to carefully and professionally do this, you will find a real answer. Here? No. We are all learning students in the sea of adventures we call "life". So instead, we will do it the hard way.

Grab your primer and spray the plate, then wait for how long it should take to become ready, which should be written on the can. Get some coffee, watch something cool. It's finished? Good. Now, slowly spray the black on the rustications we made. Clean off the cutting edge with sanding paper.

To dye the wood, get some leather dye and some alcohol, mix them 1/1. Wipe the wood and burn the liquid off with a lighter. Hand caught on fire? You dropped the alcohol and house started to burn? Half of the forest next to your house got burnt and the authorities are calling it the worst local forest fire in 20 years? We all have been there.

Keep wiping and burning for like 10-15 times which after the dye should have been set. Put it on a rack.

Congratulations. We are partially done! We shall still keep on going though. Because you know, why not?

Step 7: Bonus: Sheath!

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Remember that cardboard we were talking about and you asked yourself why in the hell would we need it?

Draw the knife on the cardboard and double it like you see in the picture. Cut it out, fold it, and tape around it. Cover it with "anything that looks like leather" and use glue. Fold the belt part and glue it to itself. When it is dried, put it on and admire your work. You earned it, champ! He he. Okay, sorry,

Step 8: I Think We Are Done Here.

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I want to thank my family for existing in this plane of reality, I want to thank my friends for reasons. I want to thank one of my two cats for peeing on the carpet.

We are done! Hooray!

Now you can listen to some pagan folk music or some viking metal to set the mood. Or not, if you prefer something else. Show it to your friends, show it to your wall. Throw it on the wall. Another brick in the wall.

Leave comments and questions as you like.

Thank you very much for reading and hope you didn't hate my commentary. Good day, sirs and madams.


JohnsonDaryian (author)2014-11-28

Am I the only one interested in the metal tobacco pipe? :p

knexsuperbuilderfreak (author)2014-02-13

I like this, going to have to do this some time. Though i would most likely use a bench grinder for this, and a note for anyone who is going to use a bench grinder.. dont wear gloves.

The teachers said to wear gloves if possible. Are you saying that because it might get stuck on the wheel and end in a catastrophe? And thank you, I want to see your version if you make it :)

Yeah, and my metalworking teacher i had said to not use them for that reason, and because someone used gloves and got his hand sucked in.. didnt look too nice.

Our metalworking teachers made us touch the grinding wheel on a side grinder and made me get electrocuted from the welder to teach there was nothing to fear. The wheel left a scar but it was worth it :D I was the fastest worker ever since. Did they do something similar

the only thing i fear of grinders is the disk exploading (which wont happen unless you drop it then put it back on that i know of) and geting burnt by stainless (got a really nasty burn from it, then again seems like i burn myself on alot of things...) as for welders ive seen people weld and do like 3 cheap welds and its not scary just sucks that your blind with the mask on xD

The geting electrocuted from the welder seem like it would really hurt O.o

It's scary at first, not painful though. A metal workshop is a dangerous place :D I used to get bored and start making knives for fun; then one time at the exact moment i finish grinding a makeshift machete, I look back and see a giant crowd with the teacher standing right next to me. He takes the machete from me and gives me a speech. Someone ratted out on me :D Thank god I was the best student so they didn't throw me out.

bcavaciuti (author)bcelik12014-05-12

So if there is nothing to fear about touching the wheel why risk the broken fingers of them getting trapped...although from personal experience with a hand grinder while wearing gloves I found that after long use I was slipping up the guard and came in contact with the wheel which just ground straight through the glove into my skin(luckily it was the thick skin on my finger which resisted it a bit) but given the risks of wearing gloves and not wearing them Id say not wearing them is safer just a few small burns against a large tangled mess of a hand. Although if they are very tight fitting then It negates the risk a lot as they are a lot less likely to get tangled and thus mangle you.

i've had cheap wheels explode on me just from using them. which, for the record, grinding wheel chunks to the face are not fun... but in general that's not going to happen.... unless you are a skinflint like me and buy the cheapest wheels you can from harbor freight.

personaly i dont like using gloves because they get in the way, and they can get caught on things.

badideasrus (author)badideasrus2014-02-22

srs instructables, where's the edit post button? ^i was refering to hand grinding wheels tho, not bench grinding wheels...

Leathaldose (author)2014-05-01

curious? what makes this a Viking knife?

bcelik1 (author)Leathaldose2014-05-01

The fact that I am the danger, skyler.

Leathaldose (author)bcelik12014-05-01

lol.. You are a Viking?

Leathaldose (author)bcelik12014-05-01

lol.. You are a Viking?

bricobart (author)2014-03-30

How was that viking party? Ended it up with some monastry-burning or were you all too drunk to find your drakkars again?

bcelik1 (author)bricobart2014-03-30

Some of us were too drunk to locate the bus station so the main crew stayed at a place :D Nobody had good enough helmets or leather suits so I didnt loose my knifr
It ended up being the most unnordic meeting ever. People hung out and smoke. Well, I see it as a failure
How ya been doin, my fellow viking fan

bricobart (author)bcelik12014-03-30

See the positive point: you still have that awesome knifr! Next projects?
Me, myself, I and all my demons we're getting that business on the rails too slowly, administration stuff & so, and days are filled with cutting hedges and preparing great towers of rubbishwood to feast the summer solstice, ya know!

bcelik1 (author)bricobart2014-03-30

You speak in riddles, good sir. Btw Would you say it would be easy to make one of your awesome wooden beer mugs? I might try, doncha know

bricobart (author)bcelik12014-03-31

Must be those mushrooms - sometimes the trolls pee on it... What I wanted to say is that the business I'm starting up is being retarded by our administration & requirements. I guess it's elsewhere the same, whatever!

And you, hope your days are filled with good stuff?

For that mug: excellent idea, till now there seems to be no-one who has tried it also and someone has to be the first. Go ahead comrade!

Lt.Greg (author)2014-02-14

Nice job! But I would suggest one change for safety's sake. Use real leather for the sheath, don't use cardboard. Cardboard is fine for keeping the knife in a drawer but for carrying it, you're quite likely to cut yourself when the edge eventually cuts through the tape or cardboard. And glue/sew a thin strip of leather onto the sheath where the edge rides in and out of it, so the blade doesn't cut the lacing or stitches. Leather will also look better, and if you mess it up, hey - its supposed to look rustic, like a drunken, hairy-assed Viking warrior made it after drinking his twelfth flaggon of Mead!

bcelik1 (author)Lt.Greg2014-02-15

Exactly! I should find leather. This was supposed to be a "cheap version". Thank you on the feedback :)

{TheMaker} (author)2014-02-14

Great fun to read, the best way to catch up when the working week just finished.

+1 for the Viking metal

bcelik1 (author){TheMaker}2014-02-14

Way to set the mood for some viking ambience, isn't it :D

sross-1 (author)2014-02-14

Like the idea, not sure about the execution. I would suggest gun bluing instead of paint to make a more realistic and durable finish.

Greg C. (author)2014-02-14

This made my day. Ya should should show this to the Fiery Beards, they'd get a kick outta it.

SlavicFMJ (author)2014-02-13

Not a bad idea with a knife reshaping and making fake hammer marks. I think I might do something like that with a knife I have laying around. Thank you for posting.

bcelik1 (author)SlavicFMJ2014-02-14

Make sure you post pictures of it! Good luck :)

warjna (author)2014-02-14

Your 'ible was a fun read! And a great hack for a (relatively) quick and dirty period style weapon. Bravo!

bcelik1 (author)warjna2014-02-14

Thanks, friend :)

lets build (author)2014-02-13

This is the funniest instruct able I've ever read

snoopindaweb (author)2014-02-13

Track of the Wolf offers a big bunch of knife making parts, scales, rivets, tangs, and blades, the least expensive blades are the "Green Rivers" still made by the parent company I believe, there are many styles counting the other offerings. I should mention - You are right grabbing a handy knife is the way to get started.

snowfalcon (author)2014-02-13

I don't think the hammer marks add to the authenticity. Vikings had the capacity to finish things smooth.

NitroRustlerDriver (author)2014-02-13

When making the sheath, add a thin strip of material (cardboard) between the two pieces of of cardboard that make the shape, on the edge where the blade of the knife is. This way the knife will cut into a piece of cardboard instead of cutting between the two pieces. Like seen here:

You are right. But I was unsure of doing that on the consideration of how not to make the sheath too thick, in this case the knife would easily slip off. But I will definitely try doing that next time. Thank you.

kyismaster (author)2014-02-13

the knife looked better before texturing...

lovethebackwoods (author)2014-02-13

Jeg elsker dig!

Phoghat (author)2014-02-13

I really don't think it ugly. More authentic, but not ugly. Eye of the beholder and all.

bcelik1 (author)Phoghat2014-02-13

Thank you! People started ordering knives and pipes from me. :D

bricobart (author)2014-02-12

Definitely the uggliest knife I've ever seen, but a great hack and a lot of fun to read. Favorited, keep up that spirit!

bcelik1 (author)bricobart2014-02-12

Thank you for that semi-constructive comment :D Thanks, I will be making more instructables in the future.

bricobart (author)bcelik12014-02-12

I have to correct myself - there's ONE knife that can do better in that reverse beauty contest and that's my YURT. Check it out in the I'bles ;)

bcelik1 (author)bricobart2014-02-12

Oh I remember that! It was a very nice idea to use that handle. Just, estetic wasn't one of its strong points :D

bricobart (author)bcelik12014-02-12

I tried to destroy it but it just wouldn't work. Strong as belgian beer. But damn it's uggly...

Orngrimm (author)2014-02-12

The effect with the dremel and paint are stunning! Have to memorice this one! :)


bcelik1 (author)Orngrimm2014-02-12

Thank you :D Dremel is an amazing tool

the ringer (author)2014-02-11

great instructable and cool looking knife keep up the goodwork

Greenman2 (author)2014-02-11

Great idea

madscientistmcdude (author)2014-02-11

Very cool and very nice just one tiny issue I have, and it's only me being a history geek. The seax is not Viking but rather the traditional knife of the Saxon people ( they are named after the knife) it was used in the night of the long knives where Saxon nobles attended a meeting with local Britton noble to negotiate peace. The Britons came unarmed as was tradition. Yet the Saxons brought their seaxs which they used to slaughter the Britons and this became rulers of Briton

Wow, i didn't know that; thank you. I will edit the page :D

Fypsigon (author)2014-02-11

...great idea and very funny instructable!!

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