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  • SJLight commented on Mc builder 3000's instructable Huntsman Knife Part 28 months ago
    Huntsman Knife Part 2

    Hi,It's good to see you want to make knives but I would like to offer some tips.First, use a steel that will harden. All that work for a knife that won't hold an edge is a shame. I don't know what country you're in but if you let me know I'll mention some simple carbon steels that you can get there and can heat treat yourself.Second, spend more time on that blade before you move on.If you see what I've done here, and compare it to your's you can see what I mean.http://www.stewartjlight-knives.com/2011/03/kith-k...Although I've used a belt grinder you can do the same with a file or the flat side of your stone wheel. You don't have to go as high as I did on that one but take your time to get it even. Once you've done that then heat treat it to harden the edge and turn it into a usable tool.Third, the handle area. I bet that handle is not as comfy as it could be. It looks like it would fit the hand well if you rounded out the finger grooves. Next, drill some pin holes in the steel before you harden. The handle you've done, if it gets knocked to the side the glue might not hold up. Pins will stop that. Also, sand a shape the front of the handle scales before you glue it all together. Getting into that area when glued is so tricky.If you see this handle, it shows what I mean.http://www.stewartjlight-knives.com/2011/02/custom...Any questions, feel free to ask and I hope that helps you in your knifemaking.

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