I am interested in making my own skinning knife and perhaps a "hunting" or general outdoor knife. I am a complete and total novice and the idea of a kit seems appealing to me. I have done some poking around on the web and have found some kits but was wondering if ya'll can point me in the right direction. I am good with my hands and love the thought of making something that is "me". Or would the better route be to pick a blade blank and then piece together the rest. Any and all advice would be great.
What should I be looking for as far as steel goes?
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November 17, 2009, 11:31 PM
Do you have the tools necessary to cut and shape a piece of steel? I know it's no Sandvik steel or AUS type, but a quality (not cheap Harbor Freight brand stuff) concrete cutting blade is a fairly high-carbon steel that you can use to get started with to get used to the practices of shaping steel. it won't stay too sharp too long without proper tempering, but that's something else you can get into later. I've made dozens of knives with Boy Scouts and church youth groups using this kind of steel and helping them cut, shape, and finish bolsters and handles. Since you've been searching around, I'm sure you come across sites like www.bladeforums.com (I think that's it). They have some very well-established bladesmiths and blacksmiths that you will certainly find helpful.
November 17, 2009, 11:40 PM
Was not really looking to shape, form or forge my own blade just yet. My tools are fairly limited to automotive work. Though I have inherited a good deal of various tools of all sorts. Though no one has left be a welder or plasma cutter yet. ;) I do not mind buying new, or used, tools to make the job easier and better looking. And thanks for the link. I have not been there yet but will soon.
November 18, 2009, 12:26 AM
If you're interested in building a knife you can get some great material up at knifekits.com. Finished and semi-finished blades, guards, bolsters, liner and handle materials galore in a "one stop shop". If you have tools for automotive work you probably have everything you need to assemble a knife from an already heat treated blade.
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November 18, 2009, 01:48 AM
HSO is on right track. Knifekits.com, Texasknife supply or Jantz. Jantz is my favorite. They all have great kits. Here is what is in a kit, A blade, epoxy, pins, and handle material. But if you find a blade that ain't in a kit. Don't be afraid to put things together yourself. You can make a kit knife using a coping saw, file, hand drill and sand paper. Just go have fun. I made a knife from a blank and I was hooked. HSO will tell you I have bad.