How to Carve a Wooden Knife

About: Im always up for trying something new. I can figure out how something works if you give me 5 minutes with it, and im always trying to improve on things. Theres nothing i cant temporarily fix, and i feel lost...

In this instructable, I will be showing you how to carve a wooden knife out of door shims (the ones that are like 8-10 inch long). The knife will have a point but wont be able to cut anything more then thread, wood doesn't hold an edge very well. I am not responsible for anything dumb done with the knife.

(sorry for the bad pictures, my camera broke so I had to use my cell phone)

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Step 1: So Here Is What You Need

The things you need to make this knife:

A wooden shim for doors and windows,
A sharp knife, or a razor
A sanding block or sand paper
Something to wrap the handle in ((I used thread) Not shown)
A pen
A basic idea of what a knife looks like

glue (for handle wrap)

Step 2: Draw the Outline

Now get an idea of the shape of the handle and the blade. My handle is around 3/4 of an inch across and not even 1/4 of an inch wide. My blade is a basic design of a curve. you can do what you want.

Step 3: Start Carving

This is the fun part. Now take your soon to be knife and start shaving little by little until you carve out your shape. Leave me a comment if you have any questions. There is a way you can cheat, you can use a sander (which I couldn't find) or just cut the design which is harder(look at picture #2 for the cutting part).

Step 4: Round and Sharpen

Now it gets tricky to explain. On the handle, gently carve the corner off to make it round and easy to hold like a real knife. Gently graze the handle corners with the razor to round the handle. To sharpen, angle the razor and gently shave the blade part to an angle. You can also sand the blade on an angle instead of carving.

Step 5: Now Wrap and Finish

Now we are almost finished. Tie the end of the thread (or whatever you are using) to the back of the handle and wrap until the handle is all covered in thread. If you want, you can stain or paint it. Now you are finished. So go and have fun, but don't forget to vote for me and others!

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    31 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I was just thinking about how to make dull prop "throwing knives" for a cosplay - thanks! This not only looks easy, but economical since shims are so cheap!


    8 years ago on Step 5

    THIS IS SO COOL! Would it be ok for me to use paracord as the "thread around the handle"?


    8 years ago on Introduction

    "A basic idea of what a knife looks like"
    Luckily, you provided a handy photo.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Thug: Hey kid, gimme your wallet!

    You: Back up, otherwise I will be forced to give you a moderately severe splinter with this wooden knife!

    Thug: Oh god! Please don't hurt me! Here, take my wallet!

    1 reply

    "what are you making?" "a knife" "you're making a knife with a knife?" "DO YOU KNOW A BETTER WAY??!!!" .....the office is awesome....

    5 replies

    9 years ago on Introduction

    or u couled just make an indent down the whole blade of it and and a slip of metal then sharpen


    10 years ago on Introduction

    i have made arrow heads out of ash and white oak, i found out a coating of hide glue on the edge makes it work better, but i guess you could try super glue, it would harden the would.

    6 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    When at a cookout with my youth group I was bored so I whittled a knife/letter opener.

    absolute zerodaetol

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    you can make a working knife out of a stick, you just sharpen it like you would a real knife. I just carved a knife handle the glue holding my home-made blade in is drying. LET IT BE PROCLAIMED A WORKING KNIFE CAN BE MADE WITH A STICK!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    fire hardening can make the wood take a sharper edge. the mezo-amareicans used wooden swords in combat with deadly effect.