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#126891 - 03/10/08 03:50 AM Making a Knife
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Hey all, me and my friends are thinking about making knives, Starting from a file and working up to a real knife. I was just wondering if anyone had done this and if so could they give me any pointers... I will be following Greenpete's method of making a single beveled knife and the use This method for the handle. I was just wondering what size holes to drill in the handle and what size brass stock to get and basically all of the details of how to make a knife that aren't said in these videos. Thank you all

Jace
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#126892 - 03/10/08 05:18 AM Re: Making a Knife [Re: climberslacker]
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I can't answer your question but looking at the handles- WOW! That is freakin' cool how they make those. And be sure to check out the link in that thread to another person's photo page of handle materials:
http://s185.photobucket.com/albums/x45/shadetrees/?start=all

Hmm... makes me wonder what to do with my Mk3 handles....

Thanks for the inspiration!
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#126899 - 03/10/08 11:35 AM Re: Making a Knife [Re: jmarkantes]
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The denim handles idea is awesome! Wondering if that process could be applied to revolver handles or even Model 1911 grips?

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#126900 - 03/10/08 11:45 AM Re: Making a Knife [Re: LumpyJaw]
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I am certainly no fan of a single bevel knife unless it is a draw knife. However, if it works for you, give it a go, you can always change it later if you find it to be as unsatisfactory as I do.

As for the handles, Resin is a mighty handy material to work with. The method described is fine for pistol grips as well. As an alternative, you might also try it using different epoxies, varnish, shellac, gorilla glue, etc. Hey, it's all good. (Hint: RTV silicone can make for some great "comfort" grips)
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#126910 - 03/10/08 02:16 PM Re: Making a Knife [Re: benjammin]
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Well I really like single beveled knives in the Scandinavian fashion so that is kinda the look im going for here.
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#126924 - 03/10/08 04:26 PM Re: Making a Knife [Re: climberslacker]
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No worries, I've used such knives in the past regularly, so if it works and you are so inclined, it'll at least be a good learning experience. No one can knock that.
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#126927 - 03/10/08 04:39 PM Re: Making a Knife [Re: benjammin]
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I think it would be easier to make than a micro-bevel also with an angle grinder and a metal file.
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#126930 - 03/10/08 06:03 PM Re: Making a Knife [Re: climberslacker]
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The size of the holes is not really important. Itīs basically a question of preference. I made a couple of knives (from 440C though) and used 3 mm brass pins or even some brass pipe 7 mm outside diameter and 1 mm wall thickness. I would recommend to use a small size for the brass stock. It tends to add a considerable amount of weight otherwise.
Make sure that the material for the handles is soaked well and any excess of resin is squeezed out. Pockets of resin will not only look ugly they will also weaken the material.It is important to press the resin through the material. If you try to soak it before application you might end up with air pockets. That will ruin your handle. I used this technique to make handles of paper. I works pretty well. If you make the handle right on the tang you can avoid gaps caused by a slightly uneven tang. I also tried to mold a handle with resin filled with graphite. That worked well too and looked really nice. It was too brittle though.
Try to design the shape of your handle and make a model of cardboard first. That way you may ruin the cardboard model and start over with little effort. A slight error in the design can make the knife really uncomfortable to handle. The same applies to the blade. I discarded some of the first of my knife designs and it was worth it.
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#126934 - 03/10/08 06:25 PM Re: Making a Knife [Re: M_a_x]
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I watched the youtube stuff on creating the knife.

It might be a lot easier to start from flatstock that a file. His first few steps seem to be working toward making his file like flatstock. Why destroy a file too?

I like the handle from resin. Not sure how easy working it into shape would be.


Edited by Dan_McI (03/10/08 06:25 PM)

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#126938 - 03/10/08 06:47 PM Re: Making a Knife [Re: Dan_McI]
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Yeah but I have like 30 file laying around for free and I really don't know were to get ground 01 flatstock in less than a week.
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