my first and only attempt at knife making

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monkey boy

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About 3 years ago I had a go at making a file knife and sheath and I have not shown it on this forum yet, but as they say "its never to late"



 

monkey boy

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ps, the only tools I had at the time

for the blade: hacksaw, file sand paper,

for the sheath: stanley knife and a nail.

dog food cann turned into a forge
 

Jack_D

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Looks very serviceable - how well did the heat treatment work - does it hold an edge/create sparks from a fire steel. I would be interested to hear about the dog food can forge - sounds inventive. When i did my first HT I ended up buying refectory bricks and doing a 2 brick forge - yours sounds a cheaper way.

are you planning to make another?

Cheers

Jon
 

monkey boy

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Looks very serviceable - how well did the heat treatment work - does it hold an edge/create sparks from a fire steel. I would be interested to hear about the dog food can forge - sounds inventive. When i did my first HT I ended up buying refectory bricks and doing a 2 brick forge - yours sounds a cheaper way.

are you planning to make another?

Cheers

Jon
i am planning to make another knife very soon.
its not as sharp as my knive that I have bought but it is still enough for most tasks, it does hold a good edge, it could be better if I had made a jig for the bevel but I made the bevel buy eye jugment. I dont really use this knife as it was just a project for a bit of fun,
iv drawn you a pic for the forge as im no good at explaining.
thanx for your comments
 

spandit

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I made a spoon knife the other day from a piece of 2mm steel sheet - got it shaving sharp but the heat treatment wasn't that great and it's a bit bendy
 

Jack_D

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Thanks for the picture - that explains it perfectly. here is what i did for the HT and it worked quite well, used with a propane/butane torch - far better than the rest of my knife in fact - its a good hardness but ugly:rolleyes:.

there is a good thread on here currently about file jigs.

Cheers

Jon
 

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monkey boy

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Thanks for the picture - that explains it perfectly. here is what i did for the HT and it worked quite well, used with a propane/butane torch - far better than the rest of my knife in fact - its a good hardness but ugly:rolleyes:.

there is a good thread on here currently about file jigs.

Cheers

Jon
cool, thanks I will check thejig thread out ;)
 

spandit

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The blade took about 30 minutes to make from scratch. The handle isn't finished (& probably won't be as the blade isn't good enough). It was satisfying getting it that sharp, though. Used a grinder & leather strop