I thoroughly enjoy building useful things and about 2 years ago I found myself determined to start making knives. After practicing some of the skills on full tang bottle openers and other various project, I finally finished my first blade. There are certainly many different methods to constructing such a useful tool, this is the route I took. I am by no means an expert on the subject, this is just what I have learned and the knowledge I aquired.
A book I found very useful was "step-by-step knife making; by David Boye"
Step 1: Tools and Materials
drill press and various drill bits
band saw (for wood)
lansky sharpening kit
a sharpeneing steel/ strop
high carbon steel
hard wood (oak, walnut, mahogany etc.)
1/8" brass pins
two part epoxy
polishing compound for steel