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Wow. It has been a while since I have posted an 'ible hasn't it? Well, I decided to post this: a guide on making a dagger from scrap materials. It was fairly easy for me, and experienced builders should have little difficulty making one using my method.
This dagger is made from a tent peg, bike inner tube, and scrap wood. Sadly, the tent peg is made from aluminum and not something such as steel, so it will not hold a sharp edge for a long time, but the dagger is still a great decorative product that can be given as a gift, used for a costume, or for actually cutting stuff.
Why a dagger? Well, I have seen many, many knife Instructables and sword 'ibles as well. I wanted a dagger! A large knife, but still not a sword.
So this is how I made my dagger! Enjoy, have fun, rate and comment! (Subscribe if you want to see me build a sword sometime in the future :D)
Step 1: What Do I Need?
*Ball-peen Hammer (sp?)
*A Large File
*Assorted Small Files
*Dremel w/ sanding wheel and cutting wheel
*Dental Pick - Can be substituted with a nail or other small pointy object
*Bike Inner Tube
*Cheap Cardboard (found on cereal boxes, oatmeal, etc.)
*Epoxy/ JB Weld
*Paint Thinner/ Nail Polish Remover/ Alchohol
Step 2: The Tent Peg (part 1)
I do not own an anvil. The easiest thing to do is use the end of a sledge hammer to flatten the metal against. The hammer I used is a ball-peen hammer, used for bending metal.
For safety, you should wear safety glasses and ear protection. I made my ears rings by whacking the tent peg repeatedly.
After flattening out the bend, your tent peg might be curved. Just hit it a few more times to straighten it.
~~!!Be Careful Not To Split The Metal!!~~
Step 3: The Tent Peg (part 2)
My dad actually let me use his angle grinder. This is the first time I used it, and it works wonders on metal. Clamp the blank onto a table or put in a vice, then grind it to shape, as seen in the pictures.
For cuttin small nubs, I used a dremel with a cutting wheel.
Step 4: The Tent Peg (part 3)
Oh, and if there was a small hole in the metal like on my blades, use a file/ drill and make a hole on the other side to make the blade symmetrical.
Step 5: The Hardwood (part 1)
After cutting out the handle, I used a dremel to plane the wood narrower at the tip. I also used it to round the edges, then went back with sandpaper to smooth it. Using some kind of saw, cut a notch where the blade will fit. My handle actually broke while trying to make the gap wider, so I used wood glue and sanded it smooth again.
Test fit the handle onto the blade, and clean your work area. That saw dust is a pain when in the way...
Step 6: The Hardwood (part 2)
After you finish the handle, cut a bike inner tube into fourths lengthwise. You can use leather, but the rubber is easier for me to come by. We will be wrapping the handle in this.
Step 7: The Hardwood (part 3)
I used Red Mahogany stain, and a coat of polyurethane.
The wrapping part was invented by me. I came up with it while trying to find a neat way to wrap the handle without having to tack down the rubber. It is hard to explain in text, so please look at the pictures.
Step 8: Tent Peg + Hardwood = ?
Step 9: Finished Dagger!
If you see grammar mistakes, misspellings, or something I can change, please tell me! Constructive criticism is a must!
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