'Hornet' Custom Knife




Introduction: 'Hornet' Custom Knife

Ever need a short sharp blade for those everyday cutting problems? 'Hornet' might be the one for you! Just follow these simple steps and you too can own a blade worth making.

Step 1: Materials

To make this knife, you may need:

You need some sturdy steel, you can find plenty of places to get some steel from

Some wood for the handle, oak looks nice...

Tools that include; grinder/sander, heat torch and a mallet among other things.

Finally, safety equipment. Goggles, gloves and a dust mask are all necessary.

There are other things that you might need but you know, you can figure them out yourself.

My 'bladesmiths' made the blade for me, you can visit their channels here:



It's where credit's due anyways.

Step 2: Shaping the Blade

So, like before, I used a pre-made blade but I had to sharpen it to a particular shape.

I beveled it to a point, and tried to add a fuller which eventually got lost in the material that was shaved off. Then I went to the wire wheel, sandpaper and buffing wheel to get the shine. Simply, use your grinder and sander to make very heavy bevels to fit the shape of some professionally made daggers.

Pretty self-explanatory in my eyes, moving on!

Step 3: Making the Handle

I wanted to mimic the taper of a stinger to give the look to the name 'Hornet'.

I drew a design onto a block of wood first and cut out the basic shape. I then moved onto the grinder and worked my way from the pommel to the end of the hilt. I ground creative grooves in the wood to match the grip of my fingers. I then used a file to sand down the curves to a smooth shape and then finally did the same with the back to get the distinctive shape and smooth grip.

Step 4: Bringing Them Together

Heat up the tang of the blade and burn it though the wood.

After it had burned through, I took some epoxy and applied it to the burned hole in the wood and the blade tang. I secured it for a day or so until it dried.

Now you can add paint or any additional details to make it just right for you, but I felt it amazing the way it is. I did sand it down some more with sandpaper and the files just to refine the shape.

Nice and easy...

Step 5: Finished!

And there you are! A simple and easy addition to the collection!

Expect to see some more blades from me in a variety of shapes and sizes!

Thank you and enjoy!

And as a warning, my blade turned out to be a very sharp blade. DO NOT use it for harm and be careful when making it and using it. I'd probably not take it outside either...

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    4 years ago

    I am going to make this-or possibly a set of double sided blades to add to a boot knife.


    4 years ago

    Looks nice and sharp!
    Do you need to heat treat the metal after working it?


    Reply 4 years ago

    It was hardened and tempered when I got the blade but after all the work was done I wanted to do it one more time, just to be sure. I'm not sure about all the science and that behind it but I know that it holds a very solid edge. Thanks for the comment, I appreciate it!