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make a genuinely usable sheath knife from stuff you probably have around the house, with a veneered handle, in less than 2 hours.
 
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Step 1: Get yer stuff

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I'm guessing this will take a about 2 hrs to make. it's a compromise between the rough and ready 'toolles butterknife blade' and the polished lovelyness of 'basta's blade.
your gonna need;
A butterknife, thats good quality - the width of the blade should taper towards the end, and be quite thick.
about a foot of 1"x1/6" ish hardwood stock. I used jetoba, which is pretty, but anythng will do
some good, fast drying glue. i used '5 minute polyurethane'
*optional is a bit of thin veneer(?)y stuff in a contrasting colour to you handle

tools n things;
A dremel, essential (unless you have a lot of files and and a months worth of patience)
with a grinder bit, a cut off wheel, a polishing wheel and a sander thingy.
A hammer
a fretsaw (you could use a hacksaw)
a vice
an old sock
a gas cooker
umm. and some goggle. bits of metal in your eyes is not fun. casualty and a sadistic nurse with tweezers will await you.

Step 2: Blade blank. yay!

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soo. as you saw in the first step, you'll want to draw on your design on the knife. have a look some knives on the internet for ideas, try to keep it functional, as with your butterknife you dont have much metal to play with. you will need to mark it very clearly, for grind. i found it useful to colour in the bits you will grind with a black marker, to get a sense of the shape. then grind away! you will probably want to use a cut off wheel for the tip, as there is a lot to grind away. be careful not to scuff the blade too much.
after that, get some wet and dry sandpaper and make the cutting edge smoother and sharper, then go over the whole blade, and polish it, because once it's hardened, thats it it. so make it nice and shiny.
jeez, these images are slow to upload.
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curvy772 years ago
UR DONE!! lol
curvy772 years ago
u dont need to be a red head to love weapons =p. or insane. LIKE ME!!
Neovenetar3 years ago
Yay another insane redhead with an obsession with weapons! just like me :U
Why does everyone say "No offense" after saying something that can be considered offensive? Particularly to a redhead who has an affixation with knives?
dude. brush your teeth.
jmatthew4084 years ago
oddblob, you are a very frightening little man
Kiernan4 years ago
X_o im scared of this carrot top mental dude
 no offence, but this dude looks like someone spray painted his hair. great instructable btw.................
He looks a bit mental, no offence
Cacophonix5 years ago
OMG ZOMBIE >.<
inumaru5 years ago
is it a chick or a dude? srry but i really cant tell
I thinks its a dude but he looks like carrot top!
theRIAA6 years ago
if you wait more than like 2 seconds in between red hot, and quenching, you will be making the knife softer, a LOT softer. The metal cools fast because it's so thin, and if it cools naturally, it's like annealing. thats a really nice looking edge picture, but I would have sharpened only one side. I like chisel edges more. They're sharper, safer, and way more practical. and what was wrong with the butter knife handle? just drill a hole in it and wrap some paracord around it.
shadowg theRIAA5 years ago
chisle edges are actually alot duller but easier to sharpen and there not at all safer and why are they more practiclal???
oddblob (author)  theRIAA6 years ago
paracord? phh. i was trying to make an object of beauty..:P and pyro13? im coming for you...
shadowg5 years ago
OMG ITS CARROT TOP RUN FOR YOUR LIVES
Lurker5 years ago
Your tempering process seems unnecessary since the blade is heat treated at the factory. In addition, you tempered but did not draw in this process. This means that the blade will be hard but very brittle. A very dangerous situation for such a thin blade. I have made several such knives as usable costume accessories, all acquired at thrift stores for pocket change. My criteria was get as thick a blade as possible, have blade and handle be one piece so I don't have to build a handle (though sometimes they need cutting or shaping) and get something stylish. Several visits to the stores may be necessary to get a REALLY good looking knife. BTW, the 420 stainless steel that most table ware is made of is the same steel that is used in inexpensive SS knives. Over all you gave a fine presentation.
uh...english please?
snickers1015 years ago
when i try to make this instructible, im gonna try to put in serrations. sure hope it works. great instuctable bt da way
pooken5 years ago
good i like knives
kylel829955 years ago
i wouldnt trust u with a knife no offence sorry
winman20005 years ago
Kind of a scary picture in there... No offense, but you kind of remind me of Chuckie.
foxdart145 years ago
can u do a another one for a sheath for the knife above?....thx
frogmeetcog5 years ago
perhaps the next instructable could be that sheath in step 6. I have a military surplus combat knife, (I do not intend to use it for anthing resembling combat, except maybe combat with fresh veggies, but it's made of pretty good steel and thus I have it) but it lacks a sheath. I have tried to use whatever schtuff I had on hand, folded and sewed nylon strap, corregated plastic and ducttape, etc, to no avail. What has worked best so far is a hinged plastic clamshell doohickey made for storing razoredged kitchen knives. It doesn't work great, but spetternnothin. I have yet to find a scrap of stiff leather (or any kind of leather) suitable for the job. As for your entry, to my knowledge butterknives are made of stainless steel, which is nicely durable and rustproof, but prone to snapping or shattering if dropped on something hard by a klutz such as moy. With that sort of handle contruction, spiffy decorative inlays or perhaps a hidden compartment come to my mind...
Whaleman5 years ago
You remind me of Rorshach from Watchmen as a kid. Seriously. The crazy look in your eye, the making hunting knives out of butter knives, you even have the red hair. Good knife. I just so happen to have an extra butter knife. Might do this to it.
turner225 years ago
sweet instructions. you got one hell of a mug, kid.
man this could totaly help me pry O'Mally out of my brain THX
Impeesa5 years ago
great looking knife, this kid just made a hunting knife out of an everyday object, so if you want to make fun of his looks think about what he just did with a butter knife
sgt. frog5 years ago
uh...whats a hob?
hoshi_neon5 years ago
u use what to grind the knife?
give him a break relly
andrew135 years ago
Y do u guys make fun of him? just to make urself feel better? if thats the kase, u guys r all losers! i mean seriouly! y do u care wht he looks like? its instructables! not makefunofppl-ables!
Charles IV6 years ago
You are kinda scary looking...
good instructable, the guy reminds me of syndrome off the incredibles.
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THAT SOO MEAN
you notice, I don't have a picture on here. I'm uglier than a bowling shoe.
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i'm a lawlrus
Poor Kid...he's just trying to help us out with instructions to make a butterknife into some kinda prison shiv, and everyone focuses on the boy lookin' like Chucky. Don't judge a book by its cover :)
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