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Old 09-06-2010, 07:14 PM   #11
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An old leaf spring from an old truck is a cheap way to go.
There was a guy that came to the local county fair when i was a teen who made knives for sale from old used sawmill blades.
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There was a guy that came to the local county fair when i was a teen who made knives for sale from old used sawmill blades.
My father in law made several out of old saw mill blades that he picked up here and there. He used deer antler from deer he's hunted. The knives I have are great.
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Old 09-06-2010, 07:24 PM   #13
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I've heard that old sawmill blades make an excellent source of steel. Rudy Ruana made his knives out of old GMC truck springs, but leaf springs are very thick and will require forging or MUCH surface grinding.
By the way, I'm not trying to pose as any kind of expert here, I'm just a plumber who's read a couple of books and made a few knives. Not particularly wonderfully either. If I wasn't such a techno-tard I'd post a couple of pics and show you my feeble efforts, but I can't even attach a pic to an e-mail.

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Old 09-06-2010, 07:26 PM   #14
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Nice Pandamonium, if anything, it would make a great throwing knife, once finished and balanced.

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Well, I took some time today because I could. Spent that time grinding and sanding.
Pic #1- Fresh off the grinder, pretty much the final outine.
Pic #2- Fits my hand right nice!
Pic #3- My belt sander in a vice and the grinder, hey, it's all I had!
Pic #4- Finished shaping and profiling, I will probably try to heat treat too, just to try. Without knowing what the steel is it'll be a shot in the dark. But it will be worth it just for the experience.
I plan on doing some wood scales, I will post finished pics at a later date, it might take me a bit though.









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Nice work. Look forward to seeing the progression until it is finished. What type of wood are you going to use for the handles? Are you going to use mosaic pins? Just curious to hear what your plans for it are.

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I have'nt decided on the type of wood to use for the handles, I have in stock; cherry, red oak, quater sawn white oak, walnut, black locust, maple, mahogany(brazilian), I think that's it. The black locust is really hard, I might use that, still undecided though.

As far as pinning, not sure, I was thinking about brass pins and peening them over and the grinding/shaping.

And thanks for the positive feedback guys, I am happy with the progress but it is always good to hear compliments.

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nice looking piece there: When i was in highschool i did the same thing, made several prototypes out of mild steel to learn how to get my shapes right, and what tools to use. Now i know how make good steel into what i want.

I personally like old files/rasps there plentiful and cheap. all you have to do is stick them in a campfire over night to take the hardness out of the steel then you shape and polish, then re heat treat. Its easy

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Heat treat it and see how it comes out before you decided what to use for handle stock. I'd save the black locust for something you know is good. Looking good.

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Keep us in the loop. I like it.

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