|Project by lumberjoe||posted 11-05-2014 01:53 AM||1831 views||4 times favorited||15 comments|
I like making my own tools, so it’s time to start making the metal bits too.
This marking knife started life as a 12” x 24” piece of Starrett 01 tool steel. I chopped off a piece with a hacksaw, ground and filed the profile, hardened it (oil quench) and tempered it.
Honing was a nightmare. I should have got it cleaner before tempering. I spent several hours on the stones to get the mirror polish and razor sharp edges.
The handle is cherry. I wanted a flat handle. I could have made it a bit thinner because it looks bulky, but it’s really nice to hold. The end felt light so I chucked up a brass rod in my lathe, cut a tenon and attached it to the end. I then shaped the brass with files to match the knife profile.
It was a lot of work, but I like the way it came out