making a carving knife

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Blog entry by Sergeich posted 01-22-2014 06:53 PM 1103 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For my next project I needed a carving knife. So I decided to make one.
I took a blade for metal saw and detached a piece.

Shaped the blade of the knife with grinder

Chose appropriate piece of wood for the handle

Drilled several holes

Fused them with the same drill bit

Shaped the handle roughly with a scraper plain

Cut the handle up to right size

Shaped the handle roughly with a chisel

Sanded and glued the blade to the handle with epoxy glue

Covered the handle with linseed oil

Sharpened the blade with stones

Test cut

Not too clean but I think good enough for the first experience in carving.
So now I have a carving knife and can start my new project

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#1 posted 01-23-2014 01:27 AM

Not too shabby for a first try. Use and evaluate. Next step is to make another.
Carving usually requires a “Rough” blade and a “Detail” blade.

You might want to try material from a Demolition “Sawsall” blade.
AFTER shaping, Heat treat and temper. After hardening test hardness. If suitable, temper. (350 F for an hour)
Afix hilt or handle, sharpen and enjoy.

Some saw stock is Chromium steel, doesn’t sharpen well.

Blade maker’s sites may be of some help.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#2 posted 01-23-2014 03:23 AM

Great looking knife. Keep on forging ahead!

-- Mike, Western New York

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#3 posted 01-23-2014 04:33 AM

ksSlim – Thank you for advices. Yes, I feel I need another knife for rough cutting. But I’ll try to do the next little project with only this one. Because it is not so quickly to make a knife. Regarding tempering a steel, it is more simple for me to shape a blade cautiously with grinder constantly diping the blade in water.
Mike – thanks!

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