Large Camp Knife Made From Rasp

Introduction: Large Camp Knife Made From Rasp

Hi, I'm stephen, I'm a certified welder, working on my machinists cert, and working part time at ...

Sorry people, this is the knife I was making in the instructables series I started, but I got caught up in making it and forgot to take pics of finishing it. Here it is finished. You can go see a video and photos I took of bottle chopping with it here.
You can see the two instructables I made before finishing it though.  Part 1 & part 2

Steel is an old horse hoof rasp
handle is desert ironwood with brass pins and tube
size - big, chops like a monster.

Sheath, this was my first time trying to tool leather, so please excuse the terrible attempt. I've gotten a lot better.  



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    Was it hard to drill all those holes for the brass pins and lanyard hole? I am having a hard time drilling my 1/4" truck leaf spring knife project! I am burning up bits on my drill press! I tried oil, speed changed, nothing is working! Any suggestions? I am making a new knife called "The Grizzly Bear" to complement my Baby Bear Knives! Its about 11 ounces now! Its bigger and thicker and heavier than the Baby Bears. Its going to be awesome when I get done! Just got to get that big hole drilled for mu trigger finger! HELP!

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    a freind of mine uses a torch to cut his holes for pins he uses brazing rods for pins i dont what kind of torch or how he does it but it works

    I don't think a torch would work. I need small holes! A torch would be messy and make big holes. Maybe for the bigger hole ?

    yeah im not sure how he does it hes had a bit of practice doing it that way and his knives are from thick saw blades and it works ok but youre right on a leaf spring it would get messy all i got is a cheap hand drill i make most of my knives from leaf springs but most of the handles i do with paracord or wrap with strips of bike inner tube also raw hide chew toys soaked and wraped around the handle look cool for primitve knives

    Did you drill the steel annealed or hardened? If the steel isn't in a softened state, then it's very hard to drill it, you might be able to get through hardened steel with solid carbide bits, but they're hard to get ahold of (you will not find them in a hardware store), and they aren't cheap.

    Also important, what kind of bit's are you using? There are 3 different kinds of (common) bits, black oxide, titanium, and cobalt.

    The black oxide bits are only good for drilling wood and plastic, metal will dull them very quickly. The titanium will drill metal better, but also will dull too fast. The best are cobalt, use those, and drill with slow speed, and frequent oiling, and along with softened steel, and you should be good.

    Annealed, is that heated, then drilled before it cools? Or let it cool slowly then drill, I am confused! You are the master of forging, help!

    Annealing is technically heating the metal to it's critical temp, and cooling slowly (in a special oven) very slowly.

    For us craftsmen that don't need to be as particular, it's heating to red hot, and letting cool slowly (burying in a bucket of ashes works well) or just letting it air cool will generally be good enough.

    Don't try to drill the metal while hot, it will only heat the drill bit, thus making it dull faster.

    Hi old anvil. I'm young myself. I'm 16 and I read allot about forging and smelting, plus I own my own forge. I am going to be making a lot of instructables on building forges and foundrys for very little cash. Being 16 and jobless, I cannot afford new stuff so I need to build it. I hope that you will have some helpful input or requests for me.
    Your knife looks great and the woodwork is brilliant. My only real question is if the steel is high enough carbon to hold an edge.

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    You really never know what you'll get with scrap steel. Since this instructable I've moved to using new steel for all of my knives. That rasp was good enough to harden, but the next one I got might not have been, it's hit and miss.

    I really recommend buying new steel for beginners, you will get much more predictable results.

    A very good beginner steel is 1084, it's rather cheap price wise, and it's a very simple HT, and a good steel. You can get it from Aldo (google -NJsteelbaron-) great guy, can't recommend him enough, good prices, cheap shipping, and great customer service.

    hey jester im 23 and ive been smithing for about two years with a really low budget ive made a knife from a wood rasp once and it was way to soft even after water quenching a horse shoe rasp should be good leaf spring files mower blades make good knives but sheath materials a little harder to find cheap i use leather from couches in the garbage its thin but if you wood glue them together it stiffens them up

    do your brass pins go through the steel or just the wood handle?

    That knife is now the holy knife of thy zombie slaying!