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Old 10-13-2013, 07:50 PM   #1
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Default Making Knives

My first time attempt at making a somewhat big traditional Bowie knife, or any knife for that matter.
Watched how to vids on Youtube and decided to give it a shot.
I had a big sheet of 440 SS, brass plate and some black walnut, so it was a no $ project.

I cut out the blade blank with a mini grinder.
Used a bench grinder and belt sander to get the basic shape, hand filed the blade grind.
Heat treat was done with charcoal and quenched in a bucket of old hydraulic fluid.
Sharpening was done on a wet stone, nice and sharp.
Sheath was also home made.





My second attempt, same process, learned a little more about doing the blade grind.
Made a jig to get a consistent bevel.





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Old 10-13-2013, 07:56 PM   #2
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Outstanding. I have a old 12"bastard file I started on but never finished.
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It is a learning process, isn't it!

Wish I still had my foundry and forge.
Or even some of the blades I've made, in the past.

As a kid I made 'knives' on a pedal powered wet sandstone.
Crude, to say the least, but they had an edge.

Spent a bit of time watching the blacksmith, in those years.

Many years later, got back into the endeavor.
Forging, grinding, casting guards and pommels.

You can become compulsive/obsessive and get hell from the wife.
Blades are an art, if you allow them to posess your mind.
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What 10 sad.

Lost more blades ready for scales than I ike thinking about, some warehouse guy in the Midwest must have liked them a lot.

Well, cross country moves always did cost if you were moving anything more than a
saseabag full.

Looking good there Mr. lockednloaded,

Keep up the good work!

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Very cool set of skills. Another area I want to tackle in a couple of years. I have been saving railroad spikes and files from yard sales and such.
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I'm a novice when it comes to making knives...
one thing I've learned so far is, it's damn near addictive as gun building.

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Very cool set of skills. Another area I want to tackle in a couple of years. I have been saving railroad spikes and files from yard sales and such.
Don't go ruining your grinders on those files.
FIRST remove the temper, turn 'em into nice soft carbon steel.
When you are done pounding/grinding put 'some' temper back in.

You will appreciate these words, some day.
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Gentlemen,

FWIW, stick with old files.

Don't know the reason or the metal but some newer files, made in the last 10-12 years or so will NEVER make a usable knife.

Started hearing that about 10 years back, don't know the details as I've made no new blades since then.

Good luck to all, it's a great hobby/pastime!

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Don't go ruining your grinders on those files.
FIRST remove the temper, turn 'em into nice soft carbon steel.
When you are done pounding/grinding put 'some' temper back in.

You will appreciate these words, some day.
Thanks for the information 10 . I also have a three foot section of rail road track for working metal as well.
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Thanks for the information 10 . I also have a three foot section of rail road track for working metal as well.
Heh heh, I even have one of those, these days.
Couple moves ago I sold my 300# anvil, just couldn't move it anymore.
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lockednloaded you did a hell of a job IMO

The second one demonstrated a fast learner as well.
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Gentlemen,

FWIW, stick with old files.

Don't know the reason or the metal but some newer files, made in the last 10-12 years or so will NEVER make a usable knife.

Started hearing that about 10 years back, don't know the details as I've made no new blades since then.

Good luck to all, it's a great hobby/pastime!

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Especially don't use Chinese files. Lord only knows what alloy and heat treat process they use.

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Those are fine looking knives. Better than fine.

I've got some dried cherry plank I've sawed into strips for future knife handles.

I'd like to make me a nice little patch cutting knife sometime.
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Those are fine looking knives. Better than fine.

I've got some dried cherry plank I've sawed into strips for future knife handles.

I'd like to make me a nice little patch cutting knife sometime.
Oh yeah, Patch Knives . . . !
An old friend and I were allway competing with our collection of patch knives.
Simplest piece of metal, properly treated, and dressed up . . .

Then we started trying to outdo each other with cable knives.
That fake Damascus look, became a bit addictive too.
We finally layed out our patch knife creations at the Rondy-Voo.
Allmost sold out.
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Old 10-26-2013, 11:36 AM   #15
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I want give this a shot. My buddy works at the power company and can eventually source for me a section of large diameter steel pipe...From that I will make my heat treat oven/forge....

it will also come in handy on all the firearms builds I do...
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