Knife making

Fierce Pizza Axe, Part I

I stumbled upon an image of a pizza cutter someone made, namely in the form a small axe. Cool idea! So here’s the beginning of my version – viking style:

Tutorial: Knife Care with a Sharpening System

I had a friend of mine over these days with two well-used and now dull knives – this inspired me to write this article. At a certain point of knife usage, just honing a blade’s edge won’t do the job anymore and you will have to re-sharpen your knife and give it a nice clean edge again.

This is how I do this with all my knives, kitchen or outdoor, in this case using a Lansky knife-sharpening-system (which I know is discussed controversially on the internet). With a little training and devotion you can achieve excellent results with it – and in a much easier way than with a traditional whetstone. This is my way to do it and it works absolutely satisfying for me.

Box Bellows

I was fascinated by a japanese blacksmith’s video where this guy was working with a (seemingly) traditional two-stroke box bellows, and as things worked out, my hairdryer that I used as a blower for my coal forge recently threw in the towel. So the mission was clear, I wanted to make such a cool box-bellows-contraption myself. After doing some internet research, here’s what I did and what I used:

Outdoor-/Fishing Knife Done

I finally finished my Outdoor-/Fishing Knife that I was working on for so long this time. See previous posts #1, #2 and #3 if you like. It’s made from 3 mm 90MnCrV8 steel (type 1.2842), hardened at ~830 °C, quenched in oil and annealed for two hours at 210 °C in the oven. The scales are mahagoni with a cutout for the glass breaker at the end of the handle.

Outdoor-/Fishing Knife Progress

Due to some… ahhh… “peak” in workload over the last few days, I didn’t have the time to dedicatedly work on the new knife very much. But after sanding the handle with 200 up to 600 grit sandpaper, I was finally able to apply the first coat of boiled linseed oil to it – more layers will follow. Next thing is cleaning and at least roughly polishing the blade and then – finally – sharpening. I find it looks great 🙂

See part one of the building process here if you like.

New Outdoor-/Fishing Knife in the Making

I finally found time to continue working on my long-planned new outdoor knife. I wanted to create a sturdy, yet slender multi purpose knife to carry with me when I go fishing or into the outdoors. Here are some images:

My Makeshift Simple Anvil

I got myself a piece of good old german steel railroad track from eBay to use for an anvil (you can find a shitload of videos on that topic on YouTube). So my simple construction consists of no more than a piece of a oak tree stem (left from last year’s round-up) and said railroad track piece, screwed tight with the meanest, thickest and longest screws I could find in the shop. Drilling the mounting holes was such a pain in the ass…

Small Forge DIY – First Part

I wanted to make a coal forge for quite some time now, and (everything has a bad and a good side to it) now in lockdown-mode I had the time to do it. It took me three days, mainly because I wanted to allow the concrete to cure adequately between steps. It’s a simple construction from what I had on hands, now I’ll let it sit for some days before gently firing it for the first time and see what happens.

Gas Forge

I finally seized the opportunity to bring my gas forge back to life and try to harden some steel. It’s the predecessor of this Becma forge here and I can in good faith recommend it. I love the hissing sound and the bright colors.

Carving Knife

A small carving knife I made with a 5 cm blade and a handle from last year’s christmas tree.

Hardness Testers

I finally got hands on some hardness testers (via Amazon USA) for knife making. Of course I had to test them right away and they’re great!

The set consists of six graded files with different hardnesses. What you do is scrape over your workpiece beginning with the lowest grade and working yourself upwards. The first file that leaves a mark on your steel tells you the achieved hardness in HRC. (Pictured above is my fishing knife, that I made 2015. It has a hardness of about 60 HRC!!!)

Meat Slicer

I watched a very inspiring YouTube Video lately from a guy who made himself a meat slicer. Now, since I’m rather productive making bacon, dried meat or sausages every so often, I decided that I wanted one of these too! Mine is not as sophisticated as his (he is definitely “carpentry level: god”), but it works and I’m proud!

Skinner Knife

I made a skinner knife for my brother-in-law as a birthday present. He’s a hunter and I hope he can put it to good use!

How To: 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.

Self Made Bevel Grinding Jig

I made myself a reasonable jig for grinding bevels on my knives. It’s very hard to do that with bad or wiggly jigs (that I had before) and – for a non-smith like me – virtually impossible to do only by hand. This is the result:

Axe makover

O.K. Call me mad… nuts… crazy… I want to try an Axe-makover. I had this hatchet lying around in my garage, cheap, blunt, neglected and dirty. Aaaand I want to turn it into some object resembling a viking battle-axe (something looking roughly  like this).

Knife progress


Had a little time off yesterday and continued grinding the new blades. Just some small spots left on each one to adjust, which I’ll probably do by hand.

Finally! Started working on a new Knife!

On two knives to be exact and I began the rough shaping today with the angle grinder. Both of them are going to be made from the carbon steel that I have here and that I always use (“1.2842” or “90MnCrV8”).


I also made a Karambit for named friend in the last two weeks as a christmas present (since he’s practicing Escrima). This is the finished thing.

New knives

I was SO looking forward to finally beginning a new knife (ok, or two)! The whole shop smells of scorched cow-leather, for I managed to burn one of my gloves with the flying sparks of the angle grinder…

Knife sharpening

Fi-nal-ly I found the time to sharpen my kitchen knives. I hate dull blades when cooking.

Steve’s kitchen knife

A new kitchen knife for one of my best friends, Steve. It has become rock-hard and razor-sharp, and I hope it will really serve him well for a long time!

Blade shapes

Good overview for a knife maker (professional or not). I don’t know anymore where I got this from, so if anybody’s pissed because I used his content please leave me a note and I will of course remove it.

Flos knife is done!

Finally done! I don’t know if one can see it on the pictures, but it’s the coolest Bugger I’ve ever made. VERY proud.

Knife making again

Finally some Knife making again. The first Knife only etched and oiled, no Polishing at all. Looks “tactical”…

Jep. Fucked up.

Ruined these two while grinding. Different Steel so I did learn a little on how to have an eye on the blade… Annoying, but shit happens.

Friction folder

First try on a “friction folding knife”. Let’s see.

“Twin” Knife

Finally done: The two knives for my hunter-cousin. I’m curious about what he will say.

MY knife

Finally a knife that i made for myself. My new fisherman’s knife (according to my needs) is finally done and sharpened.

Knife making update

The new knives for friends and siblings.  I’m working on them.

More knives

Some knives for various “customers”, ready for hardening. I hope i will get these done in the next few days.

Finally, a decent forge

My brand new gas forge! I’m really excited about it because it’s a professional tool, heavy, sturdy and neatly worked.

Blade hardening

Blade hardening at night with my home made coal forge.

Kitchen knife, next try

Next try on a new kitchen knife. It’s working out good until now.

Kitchen knife for my sister

The first kitchen knife is done. I’m not yet fully content with it, since the comparably thin blade got some flaws from hardening and i find it’s still not sharp-edged enough.

Next two done.

Finally, the next two done. One of them is for a friend of mine.

Some knife making again

Preliminary results.

Heat treating a blade…

Heat treating and cooling a knife blade.

Leather knife sheath

Continuing work on the sheath for a blade I made for a friend.

Knife for my friend Markus


New knife project

New approach for a sturdy working knife. Knives are tools.

Gogos knife

A birthday present for one of my best friends.

Kydex Press

Homemade press for making Kydex sheaths.

My second homemade knife

Second one done. Surely not perfect – but self made. *Proud*. Pictures of the first one are lost (and that’s not such a pity).

Charcoal forge

Charcoal forge made from scrap. Costs: 0,00 $, Fun factor: 100%, Functionality: 110%. It took: an old waste bucket (IKEA), an old soon-to-be-discarded steel wok, a length of drain pipe and a hairdryer.


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