Chisel Knife

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Project by drbyte posted 06-02-2015 06:32 PM 1706 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Chisel-Knife made from an old lawn-mower blade about .125” thick. I did not grind all pits out, kinda gives it character I think. The handle scales are Goncalo Alves I think. They are finished with multiple coats of Danish Oil. It was a piece I picked up at Woodcraft some years ago. The pins are .25” brass rod. The lanyard hole is a female stud from a hand-saw handle with the threads drilled out. The lanyard is leather with a thumb-loop so you can drop knife to the side and grab it back right easy. I made this for purely utilitarian purposes, such as splitting a little kindling, cutting, hacking, prying. Overall it is about 11 inches, blade is 5”. It can be gripped close to blade or you can drop grip towards tang and get a little more hacking force with it. I’d like to find a blade nearer .25” thick to make one from. .125” is not quite thick enough for really prying much or chiseling. Just an old “beater” knife but turned out very comfortable to hold and use.

-- Dennis, WV

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#1 posted 06-02-2015 07:50 PM

Nice! I never thought of a use for old lawnmower blades, one might just make a dandy froe.

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#2 posted 06-03-2015 12:49 PM

They would make a good froe if it was a good thick blade, not your normal 20” yard mower blade. Something like a brush hog blade or Gravely blade. Try it out!

-- Dennis, WV

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#3 posted 06-03-2015 12:59 PM

It looks like a very practical tool and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 06-03-2015 01:09 PM

Character and Class Indeed ! looks awfully useful to me ! Nice work and beautifully handled !

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#5 posted 06-03-2015 01:23 PM

I do like the knife! It is a useful project! Is it set up as a single grind, or is It ground on both sides?

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#6 posted 06-03-2015 03:37 PM

Using a knife like a froe is called battoning. Strike the knife with a piece of wood as you drive it through the wood. Used to make kindling and such. Looks like it would work good for that. Thought about making a sheath?

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#7 posted 06-03-2015 06:19 PM

Nice work here, good functional tool. Did you do any kind of heat treating?

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#8 posted 06-05-2015 04:50 AM

Nice! I like it! It’s like those batoning chisels Lee Valley sells, but free! I have a hunk of tool steel lying around, I might just copy this idea.

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