Home-made Copper Knife





Introduction: Home-made Copper Knife

I recently made this knife out of a copper tube. It's work hardened and keeps a pretty nice edge on it, works well as a throwing knife. To get the shine to stay on it, I polished it with coarse sandpaper, then fine, then used 2 different rubbing compounds to get the scratches off, then did 3 coats of clear coat lacquer.
The handle is made out of pine I believe, or some other common wood, I'm not too sure on that. But I used a 1x1 inch piece of the wood, and used about .3inches of wood on each side of the blade handle. The handle is coated in a pecan color wood stain with a smooth finish in it.
The blade is actually soft 1/2" copper tubing, about 10.5" of it. I work hardened it with a ball-peen hammer so it flexes, but doesnt really bend. The blade length is 6", while the handle is 4", for a total length of 10". And yes, the blade is full tang, if you havent already figured that out.
I forgot to take pictures along the way, so I snapped a few pics of the finished product with my camera phone, explaining the moderate quality on them.
All in all, its the best knife out of the 2 I have made (not much to compare to, I'm planning on making more) and I probably could have used a nicer looking thing to bind the handles together than gorilla glue, but it works.



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    Nope, I cut a line down the middle with tin snips then folded that out. I then hammered that to make it flat, no folding, only cutting then spreading it out.

    So, once you hammered it you used the tin snips to shape it? Or how did you manage to do that?
    When you say "work hardening" you mean that flattening the tube made it hard right?

    Thank you very much

    This is very useful for Wiccas thank you.

    Athame supposed to be a none used blade. in fact supposed to be made of
    COPPER. I would Make him double sided to represent goddess and god..

    why copper? was it just because it looked cool? because copper is getting pretty expensive. i actually like the look of the knife and every thing though. very rough and homemade looking, just what i like.

    Because I don't have the nessacery tools to smith steel, and I had some copper laying around. I got that 10foot spool of tubing for 12$, which is enough to make a good dozen knives.

    is it very strong? it seems like copper would bend easily.

    Thats what the work hardening helps with, it still bends, but it flexes about 3 inches and returns back to its place, its pretty durable. I can throw it from 25 feet into a box, and even if it hits the side of the blade, it wont bend.

    nice. i'll have to make one someday. i don't have the ideal tools to be working with steel or anything like that. and the pipe would be the perfect shape too.

    Yea, I was hoping to make a forge this summer, but I'm not sure how much spare money I'll have to do that, so that may be put off until next summer. If I do manage to make one though, I'll make sure to get an 'ible up on it, and make some steel or bronze knives.