After watching too many videos on Youtube on how to make a knife I decided to give it a go.  I built this knife using only hand tools. The  first problem I faced was finding the materials to build the knife with. Then I found an old lawnmower blade in the garage. I had never heard of anyone making a knife out of a lawnmower blade, but I was gonna try. First I cut a piece out of the lawnmower blade about 8 inches long. This piece was square with a simple triangular tip. I then built a fire in a really old grill. This was the fun part. Using untreated wood scraps I built a fire in the grill and used a fan to get it burning even hotter. After the metal was red hot I pulled the knife out and forged it on the flat part of my vice. Then I used an old file to give it an edge and finished it off on my wet stone. I was originally going to leave the handle plain, but ended up wrapping it in paracord.
<p>I really like that wrap. Do you happen to know what the knot is called?</p>
<p>I have no idea what it is called</p>
<p>how did you wrap it in paracord? what kind of braid or knot is that?</p>
<p>Hey man I tried too think how to explain how to wrap it and I couldn't. So I made an instructable. Hope it helps.</p>
I like it
I know it happens, one of the first things they taught us when I trained as a fitter was don't hammer the vice, they are not designed to be stressed that way.
<p>I am trying to find a real anvil, but anything in my price range is basically a block of mild steel.</p>
Great instructable. The only part that concerns me is the use of the vice as an anvil, unless it is designed to be used as one i wouldnt hit the flat part of the vice. They are made of cast iron and you could break your vice.
<p>That looks awesome. Very gnarly :D</p>
<p>Good job! ... YT has a lot of mower blade knife vids, too! I really like your design!!!</p>
<p>Thanks a lot Gregbot!</p>