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Forum topic by RickB posted 11-30-2010 08:25 PM 2633 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-30-2010 08:25 PM

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I’ve seen a few knives posted on here. I could use a good fixed blade knife for hunting. I also read here that there are kits. Huh…

Totally ignorant here. Where would I start if I were to make a knife? Any websites that can describe what I would need to do?



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#1 posted 11-30-2010 08:50 PM

I have made a few knives but am certainly not an expert. You can make some good shop knives with surprisingly little. You can get some good steel about the right size from Macmaster Carr or you can just use some old files or parts of old tools such as chisels, saws, ect. You can use files to shape your steel once you’ve softened it if need be. And you can also use a pedistal grinder which comes in handy. If you have a good chunk of steel then you can use it as an anvil and a small torch or even an acetylene torch can be your heat soure for a small knives. You can use your kitchen oven for the lower temperatures. You can make simple grips from just plane wood. Here are a few good books that I have found helpful.




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#2 posted 11-30-2010 10:36 PM

Not sure by your post if you want to make one from scratch or start with a blank then make a custom handle. I have made a few both ways. I am not a blacksmith so I started with an old file and ground out a knife from it. But I also used some industrial hacksaw blades and like those. They are thick and wide. I have not done it for 20+years so I am not sure where you can get these. I used to get the worn ones from a maintenance shop.

If you want to get blade blanks I am sure there are companies that specialize in them but I used to get mine from businesses that sold to the black powder crowd. This was long before the internet. This is one place I ordered from back then. I moved 25 years ago and ended up very close to a very large shop that specializes in that so I got everything local. But the blanks were very good steel and there were many options.

-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."

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#3 posted 11-30-2010 11:32 PM

Woodcrafter and other similar stores sell knife making kits that contain all the metal parts, pre formed, but not edged. You just make the handles and finish and sharpen.

If you are looking to start from scratch, the very best steel for the purpose that I have found is from an old handsaw. I had one that was in a fire and rendered useless as a saw, but I cut some blade shapes out of it and re-hardened it

The big wide industrial hacksaw blades that Beeguy mentioned work well too. Beware that some of the newer hacksaw blades are bi-metal. They have HSS (high speed steel) cutting edge with a flexable steel body. I don’t know how those could be used. Wide bandsaw blades are good steel to work with also.

My mother’s favorite ‘matter slicing knife was made from a bandsaw blade. She could make slices you could read a newspaper through with that knife.

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#4 posted 12-01-2010 06:30 AM

I made some knives using purchased blades from woodcraft. I had a few problems getting the scales to stick but eventually figured it out. Here is a thread with some pics and write up.

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#5 posted 12-01-2010 05:31 PM


My suggestion would be to start with a kit. You can get them with all that you need to build the knife. From there you can decide on where you would like to go.

Check out Smoky Mountain Knife Works. Check out their clearance section they have some fixed bladed knives to build and they also have full kits to buy.

Just a word of warning – knife making can be very addictive! :D


-- "Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops."--Cary Grant from the movie Arsenic and Old Lace

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#6 posted 12-02-2010 05:40 AM

There are a lot of tutorials, just google “knife making tutorials”. that is where I started. It is really not that difficult to make a basic knife. I bought ATS 34 stainless steel form Admiral steel and cut the basic outline with a dremel. then shape with belt sander( the first I used my regular sander, now I have a 2×72 belt that works much faster.) I send to Texas knifemakers supply to harden the stainless- cost about $5 per blade. then attach the scales with epoxy and brass rod. I’m no pro, but made sets for all my hunting friends and they hold a beautiful edge, plus you get to pick the wood for the scales that you want.

-- Chad -- Buffalo, NY

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#7 posted 12-02-2010 04:58 PM

Jantz Supply carries a full line of knife making supplies, including some kits, and would be a good place to start. I have gotten good service from them and their products are first-rate.
Northcoast knives has a useful set of tutorials on-line.
Hope this helps!

-- 4thumbs in MO

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