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Category: Knife making

Blade Hardening

I’m not a professional knife maker, let alone a blacksmith, but I have read lot on the subject and I have made some knives in the past (up to now, none of them even broke or hurt anybody…) and I have gathered some experience. So here’s what I do, what worked for me and what I have an eye on.


Bevel Filing Jig

I have realised with a little dismay, that most of my knife making tools (such as for example this one or this one) are back at home in munich and that I’m not overly well equipped with the little things here at the northern germany refuge. So I made the working vise some days ago and now I finished a bevel grinding/filing jig to be mounted on my bench vise. Although they’re simple, non-complex tools, it feels very good to do things by hand again.


Simple Knife Working Vise

I have the same one at home but now I had to make another one for the northern germany refuge. It’s a simple construction, consisting of not much more than a wooden block with two holes for attaching clamps and a smaller block at the bottom so I can mount it to the bench vise. Additionally, I added two small holes on the top for a “stop-screw” that keeps verything in place when working.


Another Knife Making Crib Sheet

So I found this on the Internet – english terms for knife parts:


Parts of an Anvil

Another interesting info image with the english terms for a german DIY-er. Taken from here.


Metallurgy Facts

I found this post on metallurgy on Tumblr and thought I’d share. For me as an amateur knife maker, this is very interesting!


“The Hunted”

I made this one in 2014 (I wonder why I never posted it) for a friend of mine. It’s modeled after the knife in the Film “The Hunted” (2003). He wished for it and I tried my best. 


More on knife making

I found the time to work on the new knives a little, so I made some parts for the handle of the smaller one. It’s Bone -> Rosewood -> Guitar-Pickguard-Material -> and for the Rest I’m not sure yet. 


Angle Grinder Jig

This is another approach on grinding bevels to my self made knives. It consists of an angle grinder connected to an adjustable arm with a ball joint at the end to allow it to move freely. It can be set to multiple grinding angles and it’s swinging radius is also big enough for large blades.


Some knife making progress

I was finally able to continue work on the two knives still in the queue last weekend. Ground the bevels, smoothed the edges and drilled the holes for the handles. I also grabbed some material for the handle pins.


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