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Old 05-31-2020, 7:25 AM
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Default Made my first knife.....

I don't have a forge, but I do have an old saw blade, and angle grinder, a drill press, and a belt sander. So, I decided to see if I could make a decent knife. I used the saw blade for the knife blank, some oak cabinet scrap for the scales, and a steel rod I found in the Home Depot parking lot for the pins. It is a bit crude looking but presentable, and sharpened up nice. I have no idea if it will hols an edge, but right now it shaves the arm-hairs just fine.

The only real issue I had was getting a decent and uniform bevel on both sides of the blade. I made a jig, but it didn't go as well as I had hoped.

Next up - making a sheath.

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Old 05-31-2020, 7:32 AM
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Cool how thick is the material?
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Old 05-31-2020, 7:41 AM
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Very nice.
I was moving stuff in the garage And came across old saw blades.
Thought the same.

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Great job bro, I need to go after another one also, its been over 30 years since I tried my hand at that.

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Old 05-31-2020, 8:09 AM
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Cool how thick is the material?
The spine of the knife is about 2mm thick.
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Might be a neat kitchen knife left in that saw blade 😎👍
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Might be a neat kitchen knife left in that saw blade 😎👍
Or two.....
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excellent!
Thanks!

I got the template from this site:
http://dcknives.blogspot.com/

Lots of good information there. I watched a few Youtube videos to cement the process in my brain, and went at it. Interestingly enough, fitting the scales and pins was a very easy and straightforward process. I was worried about it, because every time I watch Forged in Fire, the contestants (who are supposedly knowledgeable in knife making) somehow manage to screw up the lining up of the holes/pins/scales. Time pressure, I guess.......
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I don't have a forge, but I do have an old saw blade, and angle grinder, a drill press, and a belt sander. So, I decided to see if I could make a decent knife. I used the saw blade for the knife blank, some oak cabinet scrap for the scales, and a steel rod I found in the Home Depot parking lot for the pins. It is a bit crude looking but presentable, and sharpened up nice. I have no idea if it will hols an edge, but right now it shaves the arm-hairs just fine.

The only real issue I had was getting a decent and uniform bevel on both sides of the blade. I made a jig, but it didn't go as well as I had hoped.

Next up - making a sheath.

That is a pretty respectable first effort and looks like it will do the job.

Next time you should consider home heat treating. I used my charcoal chimney with hardwood, and my shop vac on blow to really get it going. It got the steel to cherry orange red then a quench in motor oil. Later, it was into the home oven for the final stress relief. The treated blade resisted a file, so it seemed to work as far as hardening.
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Old 05-31-2020, 9:19 AM
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That is a pretty respectable first effort and looks like it will do the job.

Next time you should consider home heat treating. I used my charcoal chimney with hardwood, and my shop vac on blow to really get it going. It got the steel to cherry orange red then a quench in motor oil. Later, it was into the home oven for the final stress relief. The treated blade resisted a file, so it seemed to work as far as hardening.
Expound please?

Did you soften the steel first, shape it, and then heat treat? Or did you just form the saw blade blank as-is and then heat treat? And, can you please explain the final "oven" step? I ask, because I'm not confident this knife will hold an edge well while I'm skinning critters on the next hunt.

I have enough saw blade left for a knife or two......
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I think a file or leaf spring is better used for the heat/reshape scenario. The second heat cycle is to temper the steel after hardening. Much lower temps ~400 F to bring back some springy-ness so the knife doesnt snap or shatter.
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Ive got a pile of leaf springs if anyone wants to try in the East Bay.
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Old 05-31-2020, 10:21 AM
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Ive got a pile of leaf springs if anyone wants to try in the East Bay.
I'd take you up on that..... but I'm in Idaho.
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Ive got a pile of leaf springs if anyone wants to try in the East Bay.
I believe Rudy Ruana used old leaf springs for his knives. Good carbon steel .
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I've also heard a lot of Nepalese (homemade) kukri knives are made of leaf springs as well.

I think you did a great job op, but don't stop now keep making them.
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I think you did a great job op, but don't stop now keep making them.
Thanks - I have a fair bit of saw blade still left, and I'm in the process of shaping a new blank now.
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Cool, it's a very rewarding hobby. Lots of work, but to turn trash into something is a good feeling
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I think, if you could drill it, it is not going to hold the edge. Saw blades have only the tooth area hardened for wear resistance, but the center stays soft to prevent it from breaking.
However, this can be heat treated pretty well.

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I think, if you could drill it, it is not going to hold the edge. Saw blades have only the tooth area hardened for wear resistance, but the center stays soft to prevent it from breaking.
However, this can be heat treated pretty well.
Hmmm.... that makes sense, thanks. So - I do not have a forge, but I do have a propane torch. If I heated up the edge side to cherry red and oil quenched it, would that harden it do you think? Then I could finish out the bevels and sharpen it.
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