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    ^^ What cubby said.. I took that path. I used 0-1 to start..

    Draw something on paper.. transfer it to cardboard or wood and play with it... No crap, file the bevels into the wood, assess your design..

    Then draw it on steel and use a hacksaw, grinder, and files to get your profile shaped..

    Drill some hole in the handle. Cheap drill rod from Lowe's in steel or brass make decent pins, drill those holes to what ever stock you use.

    Have at it with a file for the bevels. All sorts of video to help you find a technique.. File away. My first took a long time, but it only cost me about 8.00 for a file..

    Heat treat. Send it off or find someone local to show you. I sucked a local blacksmith into showing me a few things and help me with the first ones. Now I have an oven and a few good recipes for HT.

    The finish sanding will take a long time, and lots of effort.

    Have at it though. I had about 40 hours into my first. A year later I've managed to make 30 so far, a few got thrown away and chalked up to a learning experience.

    You will however at the end have a deep, deep appreciation for knife makers and other metal smiths at the end though, and have something you created to use.. Then you will decide you want to do it more or just dabble... Even dabbling I've spent thousands on tools and materials since then, but I really enjoy doing it now. Sure beats sitting in front of the TV.



    I saw your first post....

    Steel 1084 or 1095, about 10-15 bucks a foot. - 30-45 bucks for 3 ft.
    Files: Mill Bastard, Rounds, Few Smaller ones (fine cut and more) - 30-50 bucks (get what you pay for).
    6-8" bench grinder - 100-200 bucks
    4" Angle Grinder - 50-100 bucks
    Vise, w/ padded jaws - 50-100 bucks
    Hacksaw - 10 bucks
    Sandpaper 120-800grit - 40bucks
    Epoxy - 10bucks
    Drill - 50-100 bucks

    That will make a knife.... You could spend thousands on tools and such. The biggest thing is the time and the willingness to learn as you go.

    Youtube Trollsky.. He's got a good walk through for a simple tools knife.. I started there...
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    Three times a year I "officiate" a Grind In.
    This is done at Bark River Knives in the UP.
    That's about a 6 hour drive north.
    The Grind In is a weekend long introduction to knife-making.
    You will learn a stock removal method, starting with a bar, handle materials, corby bolts, edge grinds and sharpening.
    It's quite enlightening. I highly suggest it if you want to learn the basics, make something high quality and enjoy a weekend away.

    Here's a link to the Bark River Knife Collector's Association site.

    Grind-In | The BRKCA

    Here's one of the knives I've made recently....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Grasso View Post
    Three times a year I "officiate" a Grind In.
    This is done at Bark River Knives in the UP.
    That's about a 6 hour drive north.
    The Grind In is a weekend long introduction to knife-making.
    You will learn a stock removal method, starting with a bar, handle materials, corby bolts, edge grinds and sharpening.
    It's quite enlightening. I highly suggest it if you want to learn the basics, make something high quality and enjoy a weekend away.

    Here's a link to the Bark River Knife Collector's Association site.

    Grind-In | The BRKCA

    Here's one of the knives I've made recently....

    And is is the best grind in going.

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    Draw quickly, Shoot carefully.

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    Plinker

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    Thanks for all of the advice. I'll read up on the literature posted. I've been doing a little bartering and trading up lately, so I'll use some my profits to fund my small start up. Excited to try this out and I have a brother who has some tools ( lawn and landscape business), so I should be able to use a few of his things to keep from buying as much tools up front. Might be a while due to my schedule, but I'll plan on posting whatever I make no matter how big a turd it could turn out to be. I have high hopes that it'll be decent, though .

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    shaynster heres a pic of that knife. like i said it is ugly as sin but i was super proud when i made it (5th or 6th grade)
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    That's exceptional work for an 11-12 year old, sir.



    Quote Originally Posted by freekforge View Post
    shaynster heres a pic of that knife. like i said it is ugly as sin but i was super proud when i made it (5th or 6th grade)



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    Quote Originally Posted by chato View Post
    Thanks for all of the advice. I'll read up on the literature posted. I've been doing a little bartering and trading up lately, so I'll use some my profits to fund my small start up. Excited to try this out and I have a brother who has some tools ( lawn and landscape business), so I should be able to use a few of his things to keep from buying as much tools up front. Might be a while due to my schedule, but I'll plan on posting whatever I make no matter how big a turd it could turn out to be. I have high hopes that it'll be decent, though .
    What do you need? Give me your address and I will drop some material in the mail to you.

  9. #19
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    Jump right in.. Some files and a grinder and a bit of steel. If you use O-1/1084/1095, I'll HT for you. DO IT!!! That being said, anyone know how to use an anvil.. I got one now and can't wait to get my hammering on!

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    I really should get up to one of those grind ins...

    I can't reinforce the stuff Joe and the others have already said enough. If you are persistent enough to make a knife with hand tools, and actually finish it, you're there.

    I've had great luck trolling eBay for steel. You can find industrial off cuts of O1 and other great tool steels for really good prices if you look around a bit. The advent of the usps flat rate box makes this very viable. They have weird lengths that aren't much use for their purposes, but are perfect for a knife or two.

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