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making a knife from a file. I will help teach you how to make your first knife:} for more on knife making go to http://www.m4040.com/Bladesmithing.htm
 
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Step 1: Tools and suplies

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you will need a grinder or belt sander,a old file (files have a high carbon content perfect for a knife) wood blocks, glue, a sharpening stone, sandpaper, and yes a knife (not the one you are making)

Step 2: Grinding

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you have to grind away at the file to make a knife be careful not to over heat the steel and do not let the file get to hot to touch. you do not have to grind away the file marks on the blade they are deep when you are done sharpen it.

Step 3: Making the handle

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when you are done grinding the knife you attach the handle, first cut the wood scales, then glue on the wood, you do this by gluing the blocks of wood to the knife, the wood should be about 1/4 inch thick. shape the wood with knives, files, sandpaper,
and anything else you want to use.
for a quick handle wrap some paracord around the knife it can be removed later for a better handle made of wood

Step 4: The end

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you are done i will post a guide on how to make a leather sheath.
annealing it would make it EZer to work then harden then temper
Void Schism4 years ago
More detail on the steps taken to shape the blade would be good.