Step 4: Defining the Blade

While the glue dries between the scales use this time to define the blade on the knife.

Using a block of wood as a stop start to shape the blade using the belt sander. First using 120 then 400 grit, start to bevel the blade (~10 degrees). Once a good bevel is on the blade change to 1000 grit and then the leather belt. The blade will start to get sharp, it is also getting thin and heat can build up fast, so, keep the metal cool by dipping into water frequently.


Use the sharpening blocks to go from 320 to 1200 grit then strop. Polish/sharpen the blade. A good bevel that is polished will glide through the wood as it is cut. This is the working part of the blade, take your time at this step.

<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>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>
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