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Thread: My 1st knife

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    My 1st knife

    After giving a mate a hand with a knife he was making the other day
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    He offered to give me advice and a hand where I needed it to make a knife of my own
    Pretty cool idea I thought

    Now what to make i decided on an general purpose hunting knife something reasonably compact but also big enough to be useful

    Now to find a peice of steel I didn't want to buy a peice so i was thinking skill saw blade
    But all the ones I found had heat relief cuts which did leave enough steel
    But then I found a old chefs knife made from 18/10 stainless it was sitting in a bucket full of rusty metal and was looking pretty worse for where the handles were long gone and it had enough metal to cut the planed blade from
    So I marked out my pattern and cut it out with my dermmel and cut off wheels being careful not to heat up the steel to much.... fileing next this 18/10 is so hard but I got there in the end I borrowed the hollow ground blade of the chefs knife to to save some work but the tip needed hollow grinding with a file which I got my mate to help with as he's pretty handy with a file
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    Drilling tang holes was the next mission i buggerd about 5 drill bits before resorting to a tungsten tiped masonry bit sharpened which got through like a hot knife through butter
    And fitted a small peice of copper pipe for the hilt

    I talked to my mate that dose carving and gota couple of pieces of swamp kauri this greenish brown stuff unlike the more common bronze stuff is hard as all buggrey
    I cut two blocks on the drop saw and shaped to fit inside the copper pipe hilt
    I then drilled holes for the pins or in this case brass bolts
    I then 2 pot glued everything including the brass bolts and the brass nuts up to help with clamping for drying
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    Left for 48 hours to be sure of complete bond
    Then ground the heads and nuts off the bolts to turn them into pins
    And shaped the handle
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    Then finally sanded everything and finished with danish oil
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    Very happy with how it came out and I'll be starting another very soon
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    Looks gd mate

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    Well made! Are you making plans for a sheath?

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    Not as yet mate maybe one day

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    Looks better than mine my first one was whittled out of a stick

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    well done !

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    @rambo-6mmrem,

    For perfection, those little splinter irregularities around the rivets and between hilt and wood are very difficult to avoid.

    Enjoy this excellent video on how to deal to them in an expert manner:


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    Done that with pva works just aswell

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    Well done, looks beaut, just watch out as it can get addictive!
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    That's great stuff Rambo, just shows you what you can make out of a bit of junk. I've got a buggered chain saw bar , could be good for a large bowie knife, "That's not a knife, this is a knife", will have to look into that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by homebrew.357 View Post
    That's great stuff Rambo, just shows you what you can make out of a bit of junk. I've got a buggered chain saw bar , could be good for a large bowie knife, "That's not a knife, this is a knife", will have to look into that.
    Old chainsaw blades are often made from O1, if it is you won't have too many problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelley View Post
    Old chainsaw blades are often made from O1, if it is you won't have too many problems.
    thanks Shelley cause I ve go a few of various sizes at home with precisely this thought in mind. theres one ,IIRC a 18"that im considering fashioning a gurkha type machete out of.....should keep the weeds etc at bay!
    sheeeeit -we're building a new house and me mancave is gonna be demoed -must talk to son about saving those bars and a few other treasures,bugger takes em away in scrap metal runs.had to furtively remove a nice wee bench anvilfrom his pile last time i was home!!!!

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    Those bars can be a bitch to work with, I know the fun I had trying to cut a bit off one, only a angle grinder will do it. When you have got your bit anneal it with a blow torch till red, then leave it to cool down and then you work it and make something with it, lock plate for a Sharps rifle comes to mind. .

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    @homebrew.357 Can you Just sofen it and re harden once finished and ready for handles,grips,scales what ever you call them?

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    Nice work, especially for a first knife. That timber came up mint.

 

 

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