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Hi all, this is my first instructable. It tells you how to make a knife. I have been making knives for a few years and thought that I would share my experience with you! I don't really know what else to say, I had it all planned out up until now... haha

Please note that I will not be held responsible for any injuries of any kind that may happen to you or and one. If you are not responsible enough to HAVE a knife, you are not responsible enough to MAKE a knife.


 
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Step 1: What You Need

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What you will need, and what I used:

Grinder (Ryobi 8'')
Dremel
Grinding wheel for Dremel
Sanding wheel for dremel
High Grit Sand paper (400 and 800)
Drill (Hitachi)
Metal Drilling bits (Don't remember...)
Metal Rod (Stainless steel 1/4 '' thick)
Buffing wheel and compound
Stain (Gun Stock)
Paint Brush for stain
Polyurethane 
Bolt Cutter
Files
Wood slabs (Red Oak)
Hammer
Something to use as an anvil
Metal (1/8'' But I would have preferred thicker, but my stocks were limited.)
Wood shaper
Saw (Coping saw)
Vice
Im pretty sure thats it, but please excuse anything missing.


Step 2: Planning

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Okay, now for the fun part. It's time to design you'r knife. I chose a nice Bowie design because I wanted a big knife with a classic blade. Some advice for picking a style.
What will you use it for?
Do you want it for Hunting?
Make sure its not to complicated.
Use you imagination!

After you figure that out, get out a good  sized piece of paper, a ruler and, a pencil. When you a first designing it make sure you'r lines arn't to dark, in case you make a mistake. Now, with you'r idea in mind, put it down on paper.
acunliffe19 months ago
Hi, thanks for the good instructable. It looks really nice the knife? How long did it take you in all? Also just wondering if you could help me out with something. I really want to make a knife but I can't heat treat it. Is there any way to not heat treat it or get a different material that doesn't need heat treating? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
owlart101 (author)  acunliffe19 months ago
Hello, and thank you. I did it over multiple weekends, so if you had a dedicated time, you could probably make one (depending on size) in three to four days. Now, as you can see, I made this one quite a while ago. If I did it now, there are quite a few changes I would make.

There are many good 'ibles on here on how to heat treat using various techniques ranging from a heat treat set up to a simple coal fire.

However, if you would be unable to do any of the above, you may be able to get something like a used machete that has a proper steel blade, cut your knife blank out of that and make it if you are careful not to over heat it as that will ruin the steel and it will have to be treated again.

I once made one from a high tension carbon steel table saw blade. That knife retained it's sharpness for a good while. I still have an inch long scar and a cut nerve in my thumb to attest to that. Just proofs that everyone makes mistakes.
Thanks for the advice. I'll have a look for the 'ibles as I've never seen them for heat treating. I can probably do the coal fire one if you can do it in a barbecue thing. I'll probably have a look on Freecycle for old saw blades and things. Rather you than me with the cut, bet it hurt! Thanks again for your advice and time, much appreciated :)
you should have put more of a serrated edge on the back its not hard to do
owlart101 (author)  Paracordaholic9 months ago
Hi, the filings on the top of the blade is not meant to act as serrations, but more as a decorative design.
that knife is perfectly made its amazing how much do u sell them for
owlart101 (author)  Constructor12341 year ago
Thanks, I appreciate it. :) I don't really sell my knives, but I'm looking into it now. Working on a price.
that is really cool you made that alone?
do you know how to fight and is this just for self pretension?
owlart101 (author)  Dusk Shadows2 years ago
Thanks, yup, made it by myself.
Well, yeah, actually, I took MMA and Tae kwon do. And some other things, but, no, knife making is just a hobby of mine.
EmcySquare2 years ago
Whait a minute... no Heat Treat?
Hmm....
owlart101 (author)  EmcySquare2 years ago
Hi, sorry, I didn't include heat treating in this instructable because there are so many others that have it. But the steel IS heat treated. Sorry for not including
Wops... so that's another story, and makes it a real knife ;-)
owlart101 (author)  EmcySquare2 years ago
Haha, yeah. Thanks. Hope you like my instructable, even with its missing heat treating step :)
owlart101 (author) 2 years ago
Oops, thats not what I call pliers... I call it a wrench...