How to Make a Knife for Bark Carving




Intro: How to Make a Knife for Bark Carving

I'll now show you how to make a little knife for carving in bark, you can't carve wood with it, but it is the best thing i have ever used for making a bark boat. it is a very easy knife, toked me about 20 minutes to do.

Step 1: Getting the Blade

The first step is to get a thin piece of metal. this is a street sweeper bristle You can find metal pieces like this lying on the street beacose.
they fall/break off the scrubber brushes on the bottom of the street sweeper as it cleans the roads. but every hard, long, thin iron piece will do fine.

Step 2: Sharping the Blade

Well i guess you already know what to do; sharping the blade, this metal is very easy to get razor sharp in no time. sharp it from the top and about three centimeters down. sharp it on both sides.

Step 3: Handle

get a piece of wood, about one centimeter thick and 10 centimeters long. drill a hole on the top of it. the radius should be a about 0,1 millimeter smaller then the metal piece.

Step 4: Inserting in the Blade in the Handle.

gently hammer the blade down in the handle until it's 2 to 1,5 centimeters of the blade is left. bend it in a "U" shape.
Cut i very thin piece of leather and poke it down in the gap between the blade and the handle.
then cut the rest of the leather away. This will make the blade more stable.

Step 5: You Are Now Done!!

wrap some rubber on the handle and you are ready to carving some bark!!



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    15 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Well done... You have made a hook knife or also known as a crooked knife, used for carving spoons and bowls

    Ray from RI

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Great Idea but I can never find one of these steel bristles.... Thanks for the posting!!!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    This is great! you could also go to an outdoors store and get those roasting scures, they are the exact same as the bristle thing, except bent into a small loop at the bottom, I sharpened thos and used em.

    3 replies

    10 years ago on Introduction

    those are street sweeper bristles. they fall/break off the scrubber brushes on the bottom of the street sweeper as it cleans the roads. you can make nice tension wrenches out of them (for lock picking) you should do an instructable on the bark boat. i am very impressed by it. nice ob and don't forget spell check *use firefox*

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    ooh i did not know that tanks I'll change it right away. the bark boat is extremly easy to make whit the knife.