Introduction: Custom File Work

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File work is used to add character and appearance to any knife. Some designs can be extremely complex while others like this one are relatively simple

Step 1: Marking Out

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For this you will need steel to practise on, or if you want to go straight onto a knife. You will also need files preferably needle files as they are small.
To start out mark out with a sharpie, every half centimetre on alternating sides. This will form the semi circles that we will add in later

Step 2: Scribing/ Cutting

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On the marks that you made in the previous steps, scribe or do a small cut with a hacksaw. Cutting the small notches means that filing is more accurate. Using a small circular file, file away on those notches until you get a nice semi circle look. Do this on both sides

Step 3: More Filing

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Start off by using the same circle file you just used and make the holes just cut into slight ovals. Do this by using the file on a 30 degree angle and cut them. On the other side make the new ovals go in the opposite direction.

Step 4: Triangles

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This step is slightly complicated. On the largest side of the ovals make another small notch about 3mm away from the edge of the oval. In this mark use a triangular file to make a sharp notch pointing towards the oval. Do this on the other side too.

Step 5: Rounding Off

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Now your file work is just about done you can leave it like this but it looks way better if you round off all the sharp edges except for the one created by the triangular files. This will give it a sort of rope like look.

Step 6: Conclusions

Thanks for reading. If you thought something needed a bit more explaining just tell me and I'll give it my best. This file work is looking great on my knife in making. All file work looks great if it is "filled" in with coloured epoxy as it really brings out the design.
Thanks again


BKM14 (author)2015-12-01

Wow that looks excellent @AlbertoA12

AlbertoA12 made it! (author)2015-11-22

Thank you! Very good post!!

IronMuttCustoms (author)2015-10-06


timmg08 (author)2015-09-25

Hey I love the design. I will definitely try this.

BKM14 (author)2015-09-24

Thanks, I'll give it a look now.

omasson (author)2015-09-24

Great tutorial. In French cuttelry we call this by a funny name "guillochage". Type this in Google for more examples of file working on knives.

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