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new hobby, knife making

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by mark.177, Mar 24, 2014.

  1. mark.177

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    got to thinking a few months ago about making my own knife and seems to have stuck at the fore front of my mind ever since.... have spent the last few weeks watching internet vids and researching all i can on the subject and come to the conclusion it would be within my abilities to make some... will give it a dam good go anyways:)
    i have a few old files and some 4mm 01 tool steel to play with, have ordered some fine vermiculite granules to drop my freshly annealed metal into to cool slowly before working. but the main thing i dont have is a forge! after a bit of research and some hunting around for a suitable metal container managed to get a decommissioned gas tank. first thing was to make sure it was as empty as possible, next remove the valve and fill the tank with water. while still full of water i drilled using a cordless drill a bunch of holes in one side to help vent it once empty... a couple days later and i set at it with my new "Lidl" 1200 watt grinder (which by the way is a bl@@dy fantastic bit of kit for £19.99!) and made easy work of cutting the 3mm thick steel tank.
    im planning on fitting a 2" pipe along the inside bottom with holes drilled along its length for air flow and lining it with a plaster and sand mix.
    heres my progress so far will keep it updated... just need some pipe and plaster/sand... and a hole cutter!

    and YES! it was a b##### getting the valve undone!!!

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    a few old files im hoping to work into knifes!

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    best thing about it is you can pick up old files for next to nothing! :D
     
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    This will be interesting..files and rasps make the best patterns when they are ground almost flat and you're left with lots of triangular indentations
     
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    I have a piece of 01 tool steel to start with. still waiting for bit to come so can finish the forge and waiting on a piller drill and belt sander will be sure to post up my progress and first knife! have been making a few designs and templates....
     
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    bit of a taster as to whats coming soon! just waiting for the courier man with my new tools... have place my morakniv in the pic for scale. nothing too fancy to start, blued steal blade, indigo diamond wood scales and brass pins... will hopefully when finished be my little hunting companion for many years!
     
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    I used to love knife making - sadly don't get the time so much these days.

    Some good supplies to be had here:
    http://www.attacc.com/
     
  7. mark.177

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    thanks:up: lots of useful bits

    have seen some of your knifes! amazing work!
     
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    Don't forget to visit Britishblades... A wealth of knowledge
     
  9. mark.177

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    joined them recently, great forum!
     
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    Have a look at theses guys I buy a lot from them, leather, brass rod ect. Usa based but no problem shipping to the uk.
    Andrew

    http://www.knifemaking.com/
     
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    It looks quite difficult to do... or just time consuming?...
     
  12. mark.177

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    it is mate... both. but worth having a go
     
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    If your forge is just a source of heat to soften, harden and temper a blow torch will do the job, if you plan on working the metal (you'll need an anvil) a forge is the way to go but files are hard to work compared to your A1 which will give you much better results, best of luck.
     
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    ive got hundreds of files only 2 sizes if you need any
     
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    If your making then out of high carbon steel Mark, I'd like a blade where I can put the scales on myself.
     
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    Just found a supplier for high carbon 01 tool steel so anythings possible mate
     
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    iirc. Only older files are any good for knives as more modern ones are only case hardened and difficult to anneal.
     
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    .... have been dreading the arrival of this thing and regretted buying it as soon as ide paid for it, "buy cheap buy twice" and all that. have heard a few horror stories about these silverline drills but at the end of the day it was all i could afford...
    well... better late than never, managed to collect it today from the local post office after parcelfarce couldnt find my house and got it assembled and running this afternoon. this is the part where i love moan but... f### me if it actually works! i mean its cheap and cheerful but i think i lucked out with this one! no trips blown when i switched it on, no flames coming out the motor!, no wobbling chuck and drill tips, smooth (well smoothish) press and it runs pretty smooth and quiet! safety switch under the belt cowl even works!
    had to threadlock and tighten the down feed handles with mole grips... just waiting for my belt sander and bouncy castle blower which touch wood should be here tomorrow.

    [​IMG]
     
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    I picked one of those up yesterday for a tenner,haven't used it yet but it looks great,mines red with top speed about 2580 RPM I think,Like you I'm awaiting a belt sander and also 2 bench grinders.
     
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    its been a frustrating few days waiting in for stuff only to find out the drivers have tried delivering to the wrong address. i was worried it would be rubbish but truthfully am pleasantly surprised. manual states speed from 600-2600rpm, 50mm depth which is fine drilling tangs. i did buy a set of bosch titanium bits for this.
    its nice having the tools to do stuff yourself
     

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