Introduction: Handmade Knife Without a Forge
I wanted to make my own knife but did not have a forge. By being careful not to heat the steel too much I was able to convert a rusted old pair of shears into a camping knife.
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Step 1: Remove Blade From Shears
With a cold chisel and hammer remove the wooden handle and separate the two blades.
Step 2: First Cut to Shape
I downloaded the above template from the internet and, with a permanent marker, drew around the template to get the rough shape. Use the marker to also sketch the outline of the blade as a guide for later on.
Step 3: More Shaping
In order not to over heat the steel and make it brittle use files to shape the blade. This task took me about a week to complete.
Step 4: Smoothing Rust Pits and File Marks
Finally I got to use power tools!
By attaching the sander upside down in the vice I was able to use the wet and dry to sand out the marks and pits in the blade.
Step 5: Wood Handle
I had a log of cherry that I kept when we chopped down the tree in the garden.
Cut the log into a cube ready for turning into the handle.
Step 6: Attaching Handle
Once the log was cut into a cube cut a 1/4 inch rectangle of from the side.
Cut the rectangle again along in the middle to produce two rectangles of roughly the length of the tang (handle).
The only thing I brought for this knife was a brass rod.
Drill two holes in the tang (handle) of the blade the same diameter or slightly smaller than the brass rod and cut two 1 inch sections of the brass rod.
Using the tang as a guide drill two holes in each section of wood
Step 7: Fixing the Handle
Place glue on each side of the blade handle and hammer the 1 inch brass rod section through.
Attach the other side of the handle making sure the brass rod sections are clear of the wood by a couple of millimeters
Step 8: Shaping the Handle
I've attached plastic tape to the bottom of the blade to protect it while filing.
Using a rough file shape the handle and smooth down the brass rod sections. Keep going with finer and finer files before finally using sand paper.
I used olive oil on the wooded handle to complete the process