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Sawzall Blade Survival Knife? Answered

Hey Everybody!
I've been looking around and I've found many people who have made knives out of hacksaw blades, but I was wondering if it could be done with a Sawzall blade too.
If I used a woodcutting Sawzall blade, then the knife could probably go through a limb of a tree faster, and then I could sharpen up the other non-cutting side, and add a handle of some sort, maybe out of paracord or Sugru. Add a Kydex sheath, and its pure DIY-ed.

What do you all think?
Would the Sawzall blade be sharp enough to cut a piece of wood with your arm (as opposed to the rpm of a Sawzall motor)?
Would the Sawzall blade take an edge on the back?
Would this be worth my time?

Thank you!!!



5 years ago

You could always make one to find out. In practicality, it would work in a survival situation but it would take a lot of repetitive work to cut through wet wood or big pieces. The advantage of a real knife is that it is rigid enough and has some heft to hack off bits of wood. Make one and try it out on a coconut. You need a stiff blade to pry or jab or pick at the pieces. The tiny teeth on a sawzall blade does get dull relatively easy. Only the teeth edge is treated or hardened. A sharp knife edge on the other edge might not last long. It may be good for only one shave in the woods.


5 years ago

This has already been done. Follow the link and see.  Of course it hasn't been posted on this site yet so it could be a nice instruct able for you to make and share with the rest of us.