Handmade Knife and Leather Sheath




Introduction: Handmade Knife and Leather Sheath

About: I'm a simple guy from a simple country called Latvia. I enjoy making useful (and sometimes not so useful) stuff to make people around me happier!


This is my second instructable. This time i'll show how I made a beatiful knife.

When i was a kid, I remember how my grandpa made a lot of knives. Even though they weren't visually attractive, they were razor sharp, and served good for a long time.

Some years later I started going to art school, to drawing and metalworking. I was making rings, bracelets, and many other things, but my dream was to make a knife. So I made my first knife, it was good for a twelve-year old, but now it seems quite bad.

Some time has passed since then, I'm not a professional, I know that some of my methods are wrong, but despite that, I have learned a lot.


  • angle grinder
  • sandpaper
  • files
  • drill
  • FeCl for etching
  • wood burning tool


  • steel
  • deer antler
  • redwood
  • leather

Step 1: Blade

The main problem was, that I dont have a forge, so I had to make the blade from a steel plate.

Unfortunately I didn't take pictures of starting materials, however I simply cut out the blade.

After that I started sharpening it.

Step 2: Blade Etching

Next thing I did, was blade etching.

First of all, I put duct tape on blade.

Then I started drawing the pattern and after that I cut it out. I drew latvian national tracery.

Then I covered the blade with nail polish, and took of the duct tape.

Then I put the blade into the iron chloride(FeCl3), and after taking it out, removed the nail polish.

Step 3: Putting All Together

First I made the piece that connects blade and hilt (don't know how it's called)

Then I drilled a hole in the hilt.

After that I put it all together.

Then, using knife, I started carving a deer on the hilt.

When that was done, I glued all together using epoxy glue.

Step 4: Sheath Making

I cut out the pattern, put it on leather and cut it out too.

Then I knocked out holes in the leather and put in studs.

Step 5: Leather Sheath

I liked the sheath, but knew that it needs something more, so I decided to burn in some kind of pattern.

I drew the pattern on the sheath, and started burning it using wood burning tool.

Step 6: Completion of the Knife

The last thing I had to do, was to add a piece of redwood at the end of hilt.

I sawed a piece of redwood, added some epoxy, and glued it to the knife.

When it was holding hard, I took off unnecessary wood using files and sandpaper

Currently, this knife is my favourite, overall I was making the knife for three or more months (I worked only at weekends).

I'm planning to make another knife this summer, so it'll be another instructable :)


Leatherworking Contest

Runner Up in the
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Runner Up in the
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Second Prize in the
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    65 Discussions


    1 year ago

    Olá, parabens pelo seu trabalho, e por mostar as etapas. Gostaria de saber quanto tempo voce deixou mergulhado no Cloreto Ferrico? Obrigado.


    2 years ago

    Nice job. I like that you've added decoration to each part of your knife, and worked out each step as you went along. Good instructable to follow.

    1 reply

    As I already told, unfortunately I don't have a heat-treating oven or even a blowtorch, if I had one, I would have heat treated the blade

    Your cookstove burner will get it super-hot. Then just quench it with ice water or better yet, oil.

    I buy it in local market, where all the metal parts, technical stuff and other similar things can be bought!

    Good tutorial. did you do anything to the antler to make it smooth or shiny? i have some brittle sheds that i can use, but id want to make it smooth and shiny white

    3 replies

    Thanks! I simply sanded it with different grit sandpapers and polished it with a polishing compound!

    very impressive job dude. Actually, you did a downright wonderful job! looking forward to seeing more! I'm a metalsmith/jeweler as well, and have been yearning to make a knife. With every instructable I watch of yours I become more and more inspired. :)

    1 reply

    Great looking knife, thanks for sharing your build with us. I really like the etching on the blade, it turned out well.

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