Introduction: T-Knife: Meat Knife From T-Bone Steak

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Hello dear friends, this is Filippo from Italy.

Today I'm here with a question.

What's the coolest thing you can do?

Riding a dragon while guitar playing through Jupiter? Maybe.

Destroying a missile with a single flying kick? Not bad.

Devastating a mountain only with the power of your fist? Also good.

Eating your meat with a knife carved out from a steak bone? Absolutely! :D

In this super easy guide I will show how to reach this incredible level of manliness (and girly coolness, too!) in few simple steps!

Amaze your friends during BBQs with your new, great Wolverine-like weapon!

You will not need much for this project:

  • T-Bone Steak of the right shape
  • Outdoor Knife
  • Sand paper (80-240 grit)
  • Pot, water, salt

Ok dear friends, let your beards grow and start this awesome project!

Step 1: Obtaining the Raw Material

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Ok, I think we don't need a lot of words for this.

Simply devour your T-Bone Steaks until you find a bone of the right shape and size.

Eat steaks that are not too thick and not too thin, to obtain the perfect bone!

But, the bone still has residual of fat, flesh and blood inside.

We have to clean it perfectly!

Step 2: Boiling It

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To clean the bone inside and outside, boil it for at least 30 minutes in hot water.

Use a lot of salt in water, it helps to clean the surface and purify the bone from organic residues.

You can also add a bit of vinegar to the water, which "destroys" the first layer of the bone.

During this phase, the color of the bone will change to a "more white" one.

After boiling, take it out from the pot with a ladle and put it in a dry place.

The best thing to do is to put it under direct sunlight (preferably in a hot day) in the morning and continue working on it the next day.

In this way, the bone has at least 24hours for drying.

Step 3: Clean the Surface

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Now it's time for the first cleaning session.

Before using sand paper, we have to remove the first, coarse layer of material (like last remnants of flesh and skin).

The blade of an outdoor knife comes in handy.

Scratch it perpendicularly to the bone, this will remove a lot of little brown and white pieces.

Continue until the bone is completely cleaned from this residues.

Step 4: Sanding With Strenght

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Now, the second cleaning.

We will start using an 80 grit sand paper. Be patient and pass it on the bone many times, until you're sure that there aren't any pieces of flesh or meat left.

If we left some kind of remains, our T-Knife will soon become stinky! Gross! :P

Pass the 80 grit paper on ALL the surface.

After that, optional but suggested, we can also use a 240-250 grit sand paper on the bone to obtain a smoother and more comfortable handle.

Step 5: Creating the Blade

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This is the most important part.

We have to carve the blade out of the bone itself.

For this phase, the outdoor knife is your best friend.

Start by carving out the blade on one side of the bone, slowly, carefully but firmly.

Remove only few pieces of bone at every passage, to be sure to obtain a better result.

Then, flip the bone on the other side and start carving in the opposite direction.

This cross action will sharpen the blade quickly, it's only a matter of inclination and precision.

Test the blade on a tissue or passing it slowly on your finger to feel the edge of the blade.

Step 6: Now You Have Your Knife! Use It!

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After some carving, your T-Knife is finally ready.

A weapon, a knife, a symbol of power and manliness! :D

Try it with chicken breast, another T-Bone or sausages!

Cut your meal with a meat-flavored knife!

Prepare a BBQ with some Magic Rub Dust and then sharpen your bone blade for a glorious banquet!

Hope you like it my friends, have a fantastic day!

From Italy, this is Filippo.

Ciao a tutti!


LordBenjamin (author)2015-01-16

Another good title for this would be "how to escape death row". Very cool idea!

l8nite (author)2014-08-29

nice "ible" I've been considering making a bone knife using a rib and an antler for the handle but the t-bone may require less work, thank you for sharing

Darthorso (author)l8nite2014-08-30

My pleasure dear friend! Yes it tooks me less than an our to shape everything out the t-bone. Please post your results of your knife, if you make it! :D

Triclaw (author)2014-07-08

congratulations on the win

Darthorso (author)Triclaw2014-07-08

Thank you Triclaw! :)

This was my first contest ever! ^_^

Triclaw (author)Darthorso2014-07-08

you derserve it is a fun and well written ibble

Darthorso (author)Triclaw2014-07-08

Thank you again! So nice words from you ^_^

MaggieCr (author)2014-07-08

Cool idea.

Darthorso (author)MaggieCr2014-07-08

Thank you dear friend! :)

e-tec (author)2014-07-04

MAYBE you will think i'm an idiot but i'll ask it anyway. could a rib work to make one of these ?

Darthorso (author)e-tec2014-07-08

I think that any animals' bone could work for these, if they have the right shape! Try to find a rib that is not too bended or thin, and it easily become a beautiful knife! :)

Triclaw (author)2014-06-22

Nothing more fun then playing with food I do it to but with vegies

and the occasional antler bone knives are great I have many and have made a few but as a pipe bone is devine

Darthorso (author)Triclaw2014-06-23

Yeah! And it's green, don't you think? ^^

Great ible, by the way :D

Triclaw (author)Darthorso2014-06-23

most defiantly green and natural green It will break down a be reused by the earth when your done with it as well

Thanks yours as well

Darthorso (author)Triclaw2014-06-23

Yes, that's what I mean! ahah :D

Stay great my friend

Triclaw (author)Darthorso2014-06-23

you as well

Bubbler (author)2014-06-19

Bone carving is an ancient idea, carried out by almost every civilisation ever. The results can be amazing, but I would like to see a warning with this Instructable. Bone dust is a killer. Please use a suitable mask when working with bone, and before you take off the mask, clean your work area of every last particle of the stuff. It can get into your lungs and kill you.

sleeepy2 (author)Bubbler2014-06-20

In general, wearing a mask when causing dust is a sound idea. Other than that, you'd have to carve A LOT of knives for bone dust to be "a killer". As in, being a professional bone-knife maker.

Bubbler (author)sleeepy22014-06-20

The amount inhaled is not the issue, it's that bit that stays in your lung and begins to rot. I have done a lot of study on this as a sufferer of asbestosis. :-)

sleeepy2 (author)Bubbler2014-06-20

Sorry for your suffering, but you are mistaken. Asbestosis happens because when asbestos fibers are inhaled, each one is covered with pleural lining (nothing rots). In small quantities, this is never noticed. When you inhale hundreds of thousands of fibers and each is coated, lung capacity is diminished. The amount inhaled is entirely the issue. Asbestosis is essentially the same as emphysema, diminished lung capacity. Lung cancer and mesothelioma are much less frequent results of asbestos exposure.

Bubbler (author)sleeepy22014-06-21

Yes, sleeepy2, I have not missed the point, I merely liken one lung damage to the other. Asbestos is a mineral that does not rot, bone is animal and does rot. I have pointed out that it is quite dangerous to inhale anything that will cause damage to ones lungs. Young people willing to have a go at this may not know of the damage bone dust can cause. There are many timbers that will have a bad affect on humans when turned to sawdust as well.

snoopindaweb (author)Bubbler2014-06-20

I would have never thought of that issue. Thank You. ~ : - }

Darthorso (author)Bubbler2014-06-19

Thanks for your advice! I will keep it in mind ;)

Have a great day

Darthorso (author)Bubbler2014-06-19

Thanks for your advice! I will keep it in mind ;)

Have a great day

burnerjack01 (author)2014-06-20

Pretty cool. Kinda primordial. One additional step might be to add some scrimshaw to handle. Just to customize it.

bjohns5 (author)2014-06-19

Kinda gross but, Hmmm... I wonder if the TSA gropers at the airport would let you carry this onto an airplane?

capnlatenight (author)bjohns52014-06-20

It's not gross, all the gunk is cleaned off. They probably won't let you take it on an airplane, but it would probably be "invisible" to security.

dirizary (author)2014-06-19

Bone knives have a pleasant "mouth feel" when used as an eating utensil.

Darthorso (author)dirizary2014-06-19

The meal taste better if you eat it with a tool that you have made! :D

snoopindaweb (author)2014-06-19

Someone has done time.? ~( : - } )={ > ---- ]

Darthorso (author)snoopindaweb2014-06-19

Hey there George Martin! XD

Ricardo Furioso (author)2014-06-19


Grazie mille! :D Son contento che ti piaccia ^^

fixfireleo (author)2014-06-19

awesome! if i'm ever lost in the woods with nothing but a T bone steak, i'll know exactly what to do! lol. (just teasing)

Darthorso (author)fixfireleo2014-06-19

Ahahah! Some good proteins + a weapon!

What could possibly go wrong? :D

harley573 (author)2014-06-19

This was also done on "The Law Abiding Citizen". Very cool 'ible.

Darthorso (author)harley5732014-06-19

Thanks for your appriciation my friend, means a lot :)

sbergeron2 (author)2014-06-19

Try final sharpening on wet/dry sandpaper against a piece of glass (for flatness). Start at 220 grit and work up to 800 or higher. it's possible, though difficult, to bring a bone blade to a sharp enough edge to actually shave with!

Darthorso (author)sbergeron22014-06-19

Thank you sbergeron, this is a great advice!

If I can obtain a shaving bone, I will become the most manly human alive! XDDD

sbergeron2 (author)Darthorso2014-06-19

Unless you use it to shave your own beard, cutting away manliness as you go.... You'll have to shave someone else....

Darthorso (author)sbergeron22014-06-19

Someone else first, then if he survives I'll try on myself XD ahahah XD

mpedone1 (author)2014-06-19

That is awesome!
Brings out the caveman in me!

Darthorso (author)mpedone12014-06-19

I'm really glad you like it! :D If you think this project is a winner, It's inside several contests, vote for it! :D

Thanks for your appreciation :)

mpedone1 (author)Darthorso2014-06-19

Che tipo di bistecca mi consigli di utilizzare? Una fiorentina?

Darthorso (author)mpedone12014-06-19

Ah ma sei italiano, grande! :D

Non è proprio una fiorentina, è un taglio che in america si chiama t-bone, cmqn io la compro al conad quindi la trovi di sicuro.

La vedi sul bancone, si vede subito perché l'osso ha proprio la forma di T!

Chiedi di tagliartene una spessa un dito e mezzo! :D

Scott Lawson (author)Darthorso2014-06-19

English please

Darthorso (author)Scott Lawson2014-06-19

I was explaining to my Italian friend what kind of meat he has to buy in order to find the right bone.

Here in Italy, t-bone steak is not very popular and it's called simply steak, so I was explaining where and how to find it.

jdenslinger (author)2014-06-19

I wonder if the blade part can be cut off and a steel handle attached to it. That would be epic! :D
I might have to try that, and will definetly make an instructable if I do!

Darthorso (author)jdenslinger2014-06-19

This is a GREAT idea my friend!

You should use a dremel for it, and maybe some resin to fix everything up. It can be awesome! Please post something if you do this! :)

mlevitt (author)2014-06-19

The bone will be much less brittle if you do not cook it first

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Bio: Hi everybody! I'm Filippo from Bologna, Italy! My friends call me Orso (Bear) :) I follow Instructables since 2009, and it has always been one ... More »
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