i found an old rusty blade from an edger and thought it would be a good blank to use to make a knife. It turns out that the shape of the blade was suitable for 2 smaller knives, rather than one large knife. I still have to sand off the blackened coating some more, and perhaps wrap the handles in parachute cord, but the hard part is finished.
I am open to suggestions about how to finish the handles -- leave me a comment!
1. a steel blank
2. dremel with attachments
3. safety glasses
4. sandpaper suitable for sanding steel
Step 1: Find a Blank
i found this old blade from an edger that is perhaps about 7 inches long.
I drew a design on it using ink pen.
I used my dremel with a cut off wheel to cut the design out.
then, i cut an edge along the blade using the dremel. since the dremel spins so quickly, i would make one pass on the knife, then let it cool in a pan of water while i made one pass on the other knife. this kept the blades cool.
for those who don't know this yet, overheating a blade ruins the composition of the steel. i'm not sure of the details, so i assumed if i could still touch it, then it was not too hot.
that's about it. please comment if you have some ideas about what to put on the handles. i might use para-cord, or even a hardwood blank.
thanks for looking!