COLD FORGING a KNIFE FROM a NAIL

About: I am an artisan/teacher. I will post instructables starting from simple ones. Little by little the difficulty will increase but if you followed the previous ones there will be no problem. Yo can see my works...

You need a nail, a hammer, a lump of steel for an anvil (a sledge hammer head will do), a stump, a flame, a couple of pliers, and a file.

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    Collinsc3

    3 months ago

    Been making these things for 17years

    These are awesome. When I was a kid Dollywood in TN would make you a knife like this from a railroad spike. It's always been a regret of mine that I didn't get one.

    I wonder what TSA would say if you tried to walk through the airport with a pocket full of these? :) Nice work.

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    golddigger1559

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    i do find they are easier and safer to make with a heat source (with Proper PPE of course)

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    jdodson6

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you for showing how to turn the mundane into something of great value and craftsmanship. Pennies to dollars in minutes. Makes a cool letter opener. With a little refinement a detailing skinning knife for those hard to get places. Thanks from Deep Bush Alaska! Beautiful work! :)

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    ArticAkita

    4 years ago on Introduction

    HA! thanks to this little gem I now have a plan for all those railroad spikes my boyfirend & I gathered up in Alaska when we had extra time to kill. :D

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    Jar Sqwuid

    6 years ago on Introduction

    That is absolutely fantastic. I am going to HAVE to try this. I see a decorative shadow box in my future.