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.
- 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.
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.
- Aluminium tape
- anything that looks like leather
- A disc/side/stationary grinder
- A dremel
- A pair of hands
Step 3: Design
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
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.
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
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!
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.
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.