The Simple Knife

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Introduction: The Simple Knife

About: Just a guy that likes to work with his hands.

I inherited all of my grandfather's tools, especially tons of old putty knives. I wanted to make something really cool out of them, so I realized, why not make knives?

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Step 1: Tools/Materials

Tools
-Bench grinder or Dremel
-Sanding Device (sandpaper, palm sander, belt sander...)
-Straight Edge (ruler, book, square)
-Pencil or Sharpie
Materials
-Old Putty Knife

Safety
-Please use proper safety gear, I'm not liable for any accidents.

Step 2: Drawing the Design

Take your straight edge, and draw a straight line across the knife. Then, use the unmarked side to draw your knife shape. Use your imagination, make it cool.

Step 3: Grinding/Cutting

With your grinder of some sort or Dremel, grind off all of the unnecessary material, leaving you with a rough cut knife. Further grind you knife to make it smooth.

Step 4: Sanding

To get off all the old spackling, you will need to sand the handle and blade till there are both smooth and shiny.

Step 5: The Bevel

Go back to your bench grinder, and put a bevel on both sides of the knife to make it sharp.

Step 6: Testing

Because this knife is made from low quality steel, it will not hold an edge the best. The knife still cuts paper, meaning the edge it has is sharp.

The last picture is all of the knives I have made.

Thank you for viewing this instructable, feel free to ask any questions. Also, please vote for me so I could win my first contest.

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    12 Discussions

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    louiereda232
    louiereda232

    4 years ago

    does this really work

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    wyomad
    wyomad

    Reply 1 year ago

    What kind of question is that..there are photos. Of course it works.

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    Woodworker_17
    Woodworker_17

    4 years ago

    Sadly, I don't have an angle grinder so I can't.

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    silly turtle
    silly turtle

    4 years ago

    cool! can you make one with high carbon

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    Woodworker_17
    Woodworker_17

    4 years ago

    although it is a little flimsy, it dtill wotks fine for things like scraping and some carving

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    Woodworker_17
    Woodworker_17

    4 years ago

    Hello Jackrabbit1399, I would recommend yard sales, thrift stores, or flea markets. If there are none at those places, go to the hardware store and find one with a wooden hande.

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    Jackrabbit1399
    Jackrabbit1399

    4 years ago

    do you know where i might find a putty knife like the one in the picture?

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    omasson
    omasson

    4 years ago

    That is very clever, thanks for this great idea !