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In this Instructable will show the basic steps I use to make a wood carving knife. The shape of the blade can be varied easily. The knife will have a custom hardwood handle that uses a hidden tang. The blade will be formed from a used "Sawzall" blade. The project takes about 1 day to complete including glue setting time. Actual time spent on the project is about 1 to 2 hours plus sharpening.

Step 1: Tools and Materials List

As with any project involving powered tools, use safety precautions and Personal Protection Equipment..

This is a list of tools and/or materials used to create the Wood Carving Knife:

  • Sawzall blade
  • Soapstone marker
  • Scales for the knife - Cherry wood scrap 1 1/2" x 10" x 3/8"
  • 1/8" brass rod - need about an inch.
  • Steel punch
  • Hammer
  • Metal grinder
  • Drill with 1/8" bit
  • Wood rasp
  • Sand paper
    • 60 grit
    • 120 grit
    • 200 grit
  • Belt Sander 1" x 30"
    • 120 grit belt
    • 400 grit belt
    • 1000 grit belt
    • Leather belt
  • Wood Glue
  • Sandpaper sharpening sticks with 320, 400, 600 and 1200 grit.
  • Leather Strop
  • Finishing oil - Boiled Lindseed Oil and Bees Wax
<p>Nice knife, I made these a while back and they have been put up in a box. When I saw yours it reminded me of the knives I made. They fit my hand very well and cut great. I mainly use them for rough cut and I made a few other knives for finishing and detailing. You did a great job, it looks nice. Thank you for showing us!</p><p>Joey</p>
<p>I made this today. It didn't go so well. Mostly due to my lack of skill.<br>Gonna try again tomorrow. Lessons learned and all that.</p>
<p>Sweetness!</p>
<p>This looks great, I love the handle design!</p>
<p>A local woodworking group created the design. It is easy to duplicate and comfortable in the hand.</p>
I like it!! Voted
<p>Thanks</p>

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