Homemade Steel Knife With Carved Handle

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Introduction: Homemade Steel Knife With Carved Handle

About: AKA Roborovski, and Cowscankill for several years. I'm a mechanical engineering undergrad.

Beastest knife I have made yet. Razor sharp, and very strong.

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    Of all the "made" knives have seen on this site yours is so far the only real knife that was made out of real scrap steel. All the other knives were mostly some kind of x-acto blades put on some kind of handle or retractable blades used the same way. Knife blades out of sawz all blades are a tad toooooo flimsy for my taste. If that is all you had to work with and you keep the blades short then it will do in a pinch, but I cannot see them with stand a lot of heavy use.

    Your blade I assume was just re-ground out of the mower blade, and as long as you did not ruin the temper it should work very well and it is a thick enough blade that it will with stand a lot of heavy use. You made a nice looking knife, keep up the excellent work!!!

    If you can obtain a copy of Percey W. Blandford's book "How to Make Your Own Knives ...Etc" He goes into forging and heat treating a knife, and he has many patterns for making many different type of knive, be they wood carving to chef's knifes. Also Blandford's Practical Blacksmithing and Metalworking is a good basic blacksmithing book. An outstanding introductory book on blacksmithing/metalworking is Alexander Weygers book on Blacksmithing. .Weygers likes to use re-cycle steel from truck springs, mower blades, coiled car springs and so forth to make a cornucopia of tools/blades. He was a master black/metal smith and an excellent illustrator and artist, and he profusely illustrated his book. It is well written and illustrated with lots of illustrations so there is no mistake in what he is showing you and how to do what he knows. Get these 3 books and you will have an outstanding beginning library on metal working, blaksmithing and knife making....!

    Keep up the excellent work, and I hope you continue to show us your next creations. Haveing good books to lean from is one thing, but also get some begging and advance training in blacksmith and metal work as well from good teachers to improve your skills as well.

    Take care!!!

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    Thanks for the comment! I plan on posting a propane flaming sword when I get the funds, probably right around Christmas, because it's not just blades I like... I like combination weapons. Of course, most of them aren't exactly efficient, but it's fun as mess.

    Hows the hardness of the lawn mower blade been over time, I'm going to make a knife for a school backbacking trip but I want the hardest spring steel I can get, and cutting isn't an issue, I've got an Oxy-acetylene torch and a wood shop to use!

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    You really may want to rethink the knife on a school outing even if it is a camping trip. Todays world does not handle common sense jestures well. For you and your parents sake, get written permission to bring the knife before you do it. Talk to the chaperones and your parents. The times are very volitile. There may not be a need and if it is I am sure they will provide what you need in the tool department. Be safe and prosper.

    I go to a small menonnite high school and this trip actually requires a knife! I already have permission to make a knife in the bus shop at school, and last year me and another guy made a giant steel mace that weighs about 40 lbs. One of the teachers named it the menonnite blessing stick!

    nice job dude like it the numbers are kool looking gives it a outback slasher look
    if you are into the survivor thing thanks for your efforts

    How is the comfort? I don't have paracord, and can't buy it for various reasons, but I also can't drill through steel.  Even if I don't make a hole for the handle wrap, I think I still prefer a hand carved handle that fits my hand heheh...

    Yeahh you´re right carved is better, but here is a tip, if u want to drill tempered steel just heat on a forge and drill with the metal hot.
    Btw ..neat job.

    I love the feel, way plush haha. you dont need to drill through the steel there's alot of weaves and braids you can do to get it on there.

    Hmmm... might try it on my next knife.   If I don't like it, I can cut it off and put a wood handle haha.
    Is there anything I can use in place of Paracord?

    Hmm... I should look into that. I already have an idea for my next fixed bladed knife heheh.

    Nice i'm excited to see it. if you want some paracord just send me your address and I'll just mail you some, no biggie. jlyman13@hotmail.com

    Actually, throughout the day, there has been a turn of events... I may either make a HAK, or invent my own typ of raptor claw that can be mounted to my finger.

    Leave the numbers, it looks more bushcrafty. Great job. Keep it up.

    I have since then... lol... I tend to forget about keeping clean and looking nice when I am grinding steel and filing wood.