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This thread over on JF got me wondering how many of you guys make knives?

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=642520

This guy is doing some pretty nice work. Let's see yours!

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Old 01-10-2009, 05:29 PM   #2
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I'm a novice, I generally buy blade blanks and handle scales, and go from there. Guys that forge their own steel and have a grasp of metallurgy amaze me.

I found a deer antler whilst walking the dog, should make a nice handle, will post pictures when I'm done.

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I'm a knife collector. If anyone has nice custom designs, or just cool ideas for knives, post em up here. If i can find a good blade maker on here, you'll have a new customer.

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Have made a few blades for grins and giggles by stock removal (grinding, not forging) Stumbled on a small supply of used 24" Chrome Moly power hacksaw blades- just in case you ever want a knife that can hack thru a railroad rail ! However, is impossible to drill to attach scales for handles- can be punched or burned, but a high speed drill in a drill press just makes a small shiny spot. If anyone wants to try making their own, do some reading on different steels, heat treating and tempering, and start with the right material- bad steel will give you a junk blade, no matter how much work you put in it. 0-2 (oil quench) steel is fairly cheap, easy to work, and makes decent carbon steel blade. Your first attempt should not be 440 stainless. Learn about respiratory protection (breathing all that stuff you ground away is not good) and about NOT catching the blade on grinder/polisher and having it thrown across shop at high speed (don't ask me why I mention that- OK?)

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Have made several just for fun using stock removal methods. In a couple of weeks i will have a spot to set up a little forge so i will be experimenting more then.

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My current passion is Khukri knives. From what i've researched, traditional ones are made from truck leaf springs.

I'm debating just how much of a pain it would be to heat, bend, and heat treat one of these.

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http://www.mccroskeyknives.com/

Here is a guy that I know of and I have seen his work and it is sweet and well worth the prices he is asking. The knives I seen were so sharp it was like holding a scalpel
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Have made a few blades for grins and giggles by stock removal (grinding, not forging) Stumbled on a small supply of used 24" Chrome Moly power hacksaw blades- just in case you ever want a knife that can hack thru a railroad rail ! However, is impossible to drill to attach scales for handles- can be punched or burned, but a high speed drill in a drill press just makes a small shiny spot. If anyone wants to try making their own, do some reading on different steels, heat treating and tempering, and start with the right material- bad steel will give you a junk blade, no matter how much work you put in it. 0-2 (oil quench) steel is fairly cheap, easy to work, and makes decent carbon steel blade. Your first attempt should not be 440 stainless. Learn about respiratory protection (breathing all that stuff you ground away is not good) and about NOT catching the blade on grinder/polisher and having it thrown across shop at high speed (don't ask me why I mention that- OK?)
Try using a good cobalt steel bit.
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Have made several just for fun using stock removal methods. In a couple of weeks i will have a spot to set up a little forge so i will be experimenting more then.
I've wanted a forge since I started welding. Few things in this world are as badassed as using fire and brute force to shape metal to your will.
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I've made a few knives, stock removal (grinding). If I wasn't such a techno-dolt I'd post a couple of pictures. Used ATS 34 stainless, had to send 'em out for heat treat. To drill that hard bandsaw stock, you tried hanging the blade section in a coffee can of peanut oil with a vice-grip or something and heating the tang red hot? I haven't tried it, seems like it ought to work. Have something handy to smother the flame if the oil ignites (possibly best done outdoors). Otherwise, just grind it down to a hidden tang and epoxy it into the handle material. Good luck.

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