How to Make a Knife Pt 1

This is the first video in a two part series on making knives with simple tools.

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    9 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Put the angle grinder in the vice and hold the blade. It will make the job a lot easier.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    My Great Grandfather used to make his own knifes and my Grandparents still use the ones he gave them, so I can totally respect you for making your own knives. Keep up the good work with the nice craftsmanship.

    You offer some good info,but one thing I'd like to address is your use of files (for profiling the blade) : it appears as if you're maintaining pressure on both the push stroke and the draw stroke...and that can ruin a good file.
    Also,where you've filed the shoulders for the guard & handle,those shouldn't be filed square to the stick tang: you want to slightly radius those areas so as to avoid stress risers (and avoid a potentially broken handle).
    Other than that,well done,and thanks for sharing.

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    Thank you for that suggestion, I have since learned about the cutting direction of files. I am constantly looking for ways to improve my techniques, so thank you for the constructive criticisms!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    one thing i noticed you failed to mention is that you gotta use older files. modern files as well as leaf springs are case hardened so when you remove the material on teh surface, your just getting into mild steel which, im sure you know, dont have enough carbon to harden. something else i noticed is when you quench your knives its best to move them up and down so as to prevent a defined line between hardness zones. by not doing that it creates a stress riser and increases the chance of the steel snapping at tht line. with a hand rubbed finish like youre doing, you want to go at opposite angles between grits to ensure all the scratches from the previous grit are sanded out. other then impressed with this video and for how you made it understandable, easy to follow and a good primer for any budding knifemaker.