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
Step 2: Finding the proper steel and treating it.
This got hot enough to heat the steel, and let cool properly. The steel needs to get a dark red (before cherry red) and cool in the open air slowly.
The steel I used on this knife, was a old concrete cutting saw blade
I used a Template I made to out line on the saw blade, drilled the perimeter and hack sawed through the holes.
Then did the proper heating procedure.
took the newly softened steel to a bench grinder to refine its shape.