I've been thinking about trying my hand at knife making for a while now, but the heat treating was scaring me off. After a ton of reading and researching I finally bit the bullet and got started.
It's made out of 1084 steel and has maple scales. It's not perfect but I think it turned out pretty good for my first try. It was also my first try at sheath making, It's a little rough but is functional.
^ This is just a stock pic from the place I got the steel from, Not the same piece but it looked pretty much identical
After using a hack saw, files, and bench grinder to get it into shape
Blade partially filed/sharpened, and pin holes drilled. Ready for heat treating.
For some reason I didn't take any more pictures until I was done. I thought I had a couple more but either I deleted them or I didn't take them to begin with.
The knife alongside my Kimber with the grips made from the same maple.
May 14, 2013, 11:21 PM
I think it looks great. Good job.
May 14, 2013, 11:29 PM
Nice job! So when are you taking orders?:D
May 14, 2013, 11:35 PM
Great job. Hard to believe it's your first.
May 14, 2013, 11:56 PM
Thanks for the compliments. It's definitely my first. I started with an idea and just kept at it going slow and taking my time. It evolved as I went, partially to cover up mistakes or slips when grinding etc. The camera covers up some of the imperfections but honestly it turned out better than I thought it would.
May 15, 2013, 12:21 AM
Now you have to put it through some cutting tests and let us know how it performs.
May 15, 2013, 01:18 AM
I am pretty dang impressed.
The first knife I made looked like something that one of the extras in The Roadwarrior would wield....unfortunately, so did the last knife I made. :D
May 15, 2013, 02:25 AM
That's a real nice job for a first knife - I'm too embarrassed to show mine it's so bad!
May 15, 2013, 03:00 AM
How many hours do you have into completing the Knife? VERY nice Job!!!!
May 15, 2013, 03:31 AM
Wish my first was as nice!
May 15, 2013, 08:34 AM
Nice! Looks like an effective bushcraft blade to me.
May 15, 2013, 09:13 AM
Thanks guys. roninrlm, I'm not really sure how many hours I have in it as I didn't really keep track of the time. I started working on it in mid-April and worked on it in my spare time up until a few days ago.
May 15, 2013, 09:21 AM
Very nice looking blade, especially for your first time.....
Conspiracy theory time: OP is secretly a master sword smith.... And while this may very well be the first knife he's made, he's been making swords for years :D
May 15, 2013, 09:25 AM
Haha, I wish M-Cameron. The camera and reflection of the blade hide the imperfections. In person you can see the sanding scratches and marks that I didn't get polished out
May 15, 2013, 05:08 PM
Good blade shape- hope it works as good as it looks.
August 4, 2013, 05:42 PM
This is my second attempt at knife making. It's made from 1084 steel like the first, but is a little larger. Blade length is just shy of 5 inches and the scales are from the same maple as the first. I made the sheath differently this time and I like it better than the first one. I only had it finished for about 24 hours before my Grandpa claimed it. He been putting it to good use though and its holding up well. I've got a couple more in progress and one more on paper.
I love the shape of the first one. It would be a fine shape for a kitchen knife, of thinner steel of course.
It looks like an awesome practical field knife, though.
Very handsomely done!
October 26, 2013, 05:51 PM
Got a chance to use the first knife today, I shot a whitetail doe this morning and used it for about half of the skinning. It worked well and I like the blade profile. The handle is a bit small which led to my hand cramping a bit, so I switched back to my old gator to finish it up. Overall it worked pretty well.
October 26, 2013, 06:14 PM
Both are nice, looked like almost curved as a pig skinner. Ive been a meat cutter for many year's my father worked the stock yard's of chi. town back when. Funny u say G, gator, as I've found it to be my go to as I have a large inventory of Knifes grinders , and slicer. I'd be proud! Nice Dude!
October 26, 2013, 06:20 PM
The handle is a bit small which led to my hand cramping a bit
That's how we learn to make knives! Something that looks great may not work so well in use. Keep at it!
October 26, 2013, 09:55 PM
Great looking knives, but I wonder if the primary grind isn't a little thick for a knife? That first one looks like an axe. :)
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