Carving a carving knife #1: First attempt to make a carving knife

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Blog entry by PaBull posted 10-22-2010 04:38 PM 10764 reads 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My second oldest daughter needs a birthday gift and I have only days to complete it. Don’t you love those last minute projects? She is into carving, but only has the carving set with the “end blades”. So why not build a carving knife.

So last knight I started with a block of pallet wood, a rod of 3/16 brass and a sawzall blade.
The shape I was going for is shown here:

I took a sawzall blade and cut it in half with a sheet metal cutter. (this stuff is hard to cut) After this i shaped it on the grinder.


PhotobucketFrom a piece of 2×4 i made a holder to keep the blade at a 10 degree angle to sharpen it on the water stone. This worked very well. The slot was cut on the band saw and with the screw in the top the blade would stay put.

Next was the shaping of my pallet wood. DID YOU SEE THE MY SIGNATURE NAIL HOLE???

I drilled the holes. Again, this steel is very hard, I had to be careful with my drill bit. I fitted it all together and tonight i will finish the project.

Thanks Karson for your posting on your marking knife making.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#1 posted 10-22-2010 08:31 PM

looks sooo cool

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 10-22-2010 08:36 PM

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

-- Clarence

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David Craig

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#3 posted 10-22-2010 09:09 PM

Great idea. I have a few metal cutting blades that have outlived its usefulness. Might be a great thing to make with them. Thanks for the inspiration.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#4 posted 10-22-2010 10:06 PM

Good idea

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#5 posted 10-22-2010 10:48 PM

Jim, thanks for the compliment, nice to get from a carver.

David, I was just wondering if the different blades (wood vs metal) would act different when sharpened. And no more blades in the trash.

Chung, you are very welcome.

Rustic, the coool look is what we are after. That’s why I added the brass and left the nail hole in the wood. Otherwise you might as well buy the knifes.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#6 posted 10-23-2010 01:13 AM

If you have a propane torch you could also look into heat treating the blade so it will harden and keep a sharper edge longer.

That sharpening jig is genius.

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#7 posted 10-23-2010 01:21 AM

Sarit, I don’t think I need to get it any harder, those blades almost cost me my drill bit and sheet cutter.

The sharpening jig only works without the handle. (I am wondering if i should make the blade removable)

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#8 posted 10-23-2010 01:46 AM

Really cool.
Let us know how they work.
And see them when finished.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 10-23-2010 01:57 AM

Thanks Mad,
I will keep you posted. I hope to finish this thing this weekend, because it is my daughters birthday this weekend, and this is her gift from me.
But I can tell you already it is not my last knife. The next one will be a marking knife. I need one.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#10 posted 10-23-2010 06:00 AM

Ik heb een leuk kippetje op wieltjes….
En jij maak prachtige houtsnijmesjes.
Ik ga ze ook maken.
Bedankt voor de tip!


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#11 posted 10-23-2010 05:32 PM

Bedankt Houtje, voor je complimenten. Geen dank voor de tip.
Thanks “Little piece of wood”, for you compliment. No thanks for the advice.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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