Knife From Sawzall Blade

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Introduction: Knife From Sawzall Blade

About: Retired Firefighter 1966 to 1986; Retired Wheat Farmer 1987 to 2003. Drapery Sales 1969 to 1987. 17 year Quintuple Heart Bypass Surgery Survivor; 14 year Melanoma Cancer Survivor. 81 years young.

I've made a few knives in recent years and had wanted to make one from a saw blade. Since I'm almost 81, I cannot get to my shop as often I once did. Here is a simple little knife I made recently that I like a lot.

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Step 1: THE SAW BLADE

I started with this worn out Sawzall blade. I shaped it with a bench grinder, a high speed air disc grinder & a 4" wide bench mounted belt sander.

Step 2: THE HANDLE

I had this deer antler left over from another handle I made from the crown. https://www.instructables.com/id/Turquoise-Insets-M...

I cut out a straight piece of the diameter I wanted for the handle. Measure 3 times, cut once.

Step 3: ATTACHING HANDLE TO BLADE

I did very little to the antler except drill a hole with a 1/8" bit and enlarge it to accept the tang of the blade. I cemented it together with 2 part epoxy.

I polished it slightly with polishing wheel & medium compound. I didn't want it glossy; only semi glossy.

Step 4: INLAID TURQUOISE ON END OF HANDLE

To jazz it up a little, I decided to add an inlay of turquoise to the handle. I did an Instructable on inlaying and it's too involved to cover here. If you want more info on inlaying go to:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Turquoise-Insets-M...

Step 5: THE FINISHED KNIFE

This turned out to be one of my favorites. it is small and easy to use. The handle has a slight downward shape and fits my hand nicely. The blade required no shaping except rounding the end and sharpening it. It had already been heat treated, I suppose. It's not as big as my huge Bowie made from car leaf spring but it's a nicer size. https://www.instructables.com/id/Bowie-Knife-2/ It's almost the same size as our set of steak knives

Try making one from a Sawzall blade. You'll enjoy making and using it or giving it as a Christmas gift as I am doing with this knife. I'm sure my grandson will appreciate it and save it as a family heirloom.

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    7 Discussions

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    ArthurJ5
    ArthurJ5

    3 years ago

    Very nice! I've been thinking about doing that for ages. I actually have some blades on the workbench that I was planning on using to make a fillet knife.

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    graydog111
    graydog111

    Reply 2 years ago

    The Sawzall blade finished out very nice & didn’t take long.

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    graydog111
    graydog111

    Reply 3 years ago

    Thank you ArthurJ5. If you make one, publish an instructable on it. I will warn you though, it's habit forming. It's like eating potato chips; You can't make just one.

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    BjF3
    BjF3

    3 years ago

    Very nice Greydog! Simple, yet has an elegant appeal and the inlay... icing on the cake! I'm going to check out your other posts... keep on trucking!

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    graydog111
    graydog111

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thx bjf3.

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    lhuizinga
    lhuizinga

    3 years ago

    Impressive, it's not only fun to make but a great way to recycle old blades. I have the tools needed for this project, might be a fun project for this month!

    Also, i really like the fact that you're still in the workshop at your age!

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    graydog111
    graydog111

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thanks inhuzinha. Try it & you’ll get hooked