I got drunk and made a knife, what do?
also are there any proper guides to knife making? all the instructions and videos I find are rubish
it's about time I bought proper materials and tools and made some nice things, I made this knife with a saw, file, scrap metal and a branch
damn nigga, that thing looks like shit. it look like it's made from some scrap metal and a random branch, and your only tools were like a saw and a file or something.
get yourself a band saw, a belt sander, a bench grinder, and if you want to do things that right way, a forge, anvil, and all the other shit needed for smithing.
>I don't even know where I can buy metal supplies
and I don't have anything for smithing yet, but I've posted this before.
>it look like it's made from some scrap metal and a random branch, and your only tools were like a saw and a file or something.
> I made this knife with a saw, file, scrap metal and a branch
jee what gave you that idea
haha that is a god knife anon
what kind of steel?
I still can't get a polish on the blade, I hear it's just a proccess of working back finer gris of sandpaper then using an abraisive powder/liquid then buffing; but I can't get it right
make sure you spend enough time with each grit to completely remove the scratches left by the last grit. Expect to spend 10-20 hours *lowball* for a professional quality blade polish. It's easy to do, but literally all about patience.
It's some shitty mystery China steel. I cut two knives out of an old rusty harbor freight machete.
And yeah, to polish you just use finer and finer grit, then finish off with a polishing compound.
it was probably some ancietnt martial artists sword that his dumbass son took to cut fish and broke
expect a ghostly samuai to apear and chalence you to a duel
I heated my blade till just under cherry hot and kept it there for 4 hours, then heated with a fire and a leaf blower, made a small fire-nado
then quenched it in oil
my neibours saw me drunk in welding gear with a leaf blower in the midle of a firestorm and were a bit concerned
upside is my blade is solid as fuck
It was a complete machete before I cut it up. I bought it years ago for $5
I don't know a ton about heat treating. But I thought you were supposed to get metal hot, quench it immediately, then leave it in an oven or something similar for x amount of time?
yep, that's the idea
also though before you start you want to soften the metal while the knfe is still a blank
this lets you do the bulk of the work on soft metal, which saves you a bunch of time and it's easier on your tools
important but often overlooked is making sure your blade doesn't cool down in he air when you do this, because if it cools too quickly you can get brittleness even in the early stages
That's approximately right, but the devils in the details. Miss the critical temperature prior to quench by 5 degrees and it won't turn out right. Guides are readily available via google, or /diy/ usually has a blacksmithing thread up.
Check out walter sorrels on youtube. He's got a ton of very well done tutorials and tips on starting out with knife making
Trollskyy is another guy that's good to watch. Doesn't talk much because he's polish but his videos are good
god bless the /diy/ blacksmiths thread, I lurk it like a neighbors window you saw her wife getting dressed in once
I'm watching one right now, the guy is classic
"there is no real rule about when to stop, you just keep going till you loose interest then you give up; many of my life decisions are made his way"
kind of makes me mad seeing him work, everything he does turns out perfectly
>which means his edge can be sharper than yours
no. that's not what that means at all. a ricasso doesn't effect how sharp a knife an be.
and I'm aware the knife I made is pretty shitty. Like I said, I made it out of an old rusty harbor freight machete.
>It's some shitty mystery China steel. I cut two knives out of an old rusty harbor freight machete.
guys, I'm not claiming to be a master smith. I'm well aware it's a shitty knife. It was the first knife I made for fun from an otherwise worthless machete.
I was fucking with op because he said he made it with a saw, file, scrap metal, and a branch.
Been blacksmithing for a year and a half. Here's what i've found.
>buy old files. They're often entirely HC (high carbon) steel.
>using a forge, hammer, and anvil is a fucking bitch.
>invest in a knife-specific sander (pic related)
>learn Heat Treating, Tempering, Hardening, etc as second nature
>quench in oil
>the easiest way to make a knife is with a belt sander, knife sander, angle grinder, and bench grinder
>when blacksmithing, olay around for months before spending money on good steel. Expect your stuff to suck, a lot, at first.
I'm drunk and can't remember much else.
Lastly, here's a commission i'm about 40% through. Take your time and accept mistakes as learning points. Thinfs will suck for a long time before you get a feel for it.
Dont give up. Check out these books:
Knifemaking by David Boye
50 dollar knife shop by Goddard
And Bob Loveless books.
Don't get too wrapped up in perfection right now. Work on form and proper use of the right tools. Keep the first one to look back on, if you stay with it, your 4th and 5th will be worth heat treating.
It's two runes combined to form my touchmark.
Buy old Nicholson USA bastard files at garage sale or estate sales. They'll usually be less than a dollar. Those old files were made with great steel and can be turned into top knives. You'll have to watch vids about heating and tempering them because they are too hard initially to be able to work easily.
Love your style... reminds me of Randall.
Here's one of mine
Thanks. Most of my shit has been remounting old blades from flea markets, so my focus has been on wood, antler, simple guards, and leatherwork.
I've made a few blades, but I only have access to heat treating equipment once a year.
Here's a sheath for a Scrap Yard Dogfather. Wish I didn't sell the damn thing. Loved that knife.
No. I bored it out with a drill, keyed the tang, and inset it with JBWeld.
Fuckers not going anywhere. Blade is thick, with an appleseed grind. Pretty sharp, but she's a stabber more than a cutter.
When working on the guard, the blade slipped out of the vice and onto the concrete floor. Chipped the concrete, didn't do shit to the tip. 5160 is pretty fuckin' great.
Other side. Leather MOLLE. Because it transforms...
Mounted to a Maxpedition pack.
Seriously, never sell a knife you like. Just like selling a good gun, you'll regret it forever.
A) Antique "Bhojpure" kukri from Atlanta Cutlery. Made the quick-draw thigh-rig. Great knife. WAY better than the Himilayan Imports kukri I had.
B) My first start-to-finish knife. O-1 tool steel. Double-edged yataghan-inspired dagger. Ironwood grip scales. Scabbard is poplar, felt-lined, covered in leather (before I REALLY started working with leather).
C) Remounted Mora blade, set in a small antler with some suede lace wrapping. Simple leather sheath.
D) Weird, home-made bowie I found in a junk shop. Got it cheap. Haven't messed with it. Nothing special.
E) Blade I won in a raffle. Brass guard and sub-hilt from knife kits website (took a lot of fitting and polishing). Everything else, sheath included, is all me. Sheath holds ferro rod set in antler tine and a striker (pruner sharpener from hardware store; I cut off the rubber handle coat and replaced with waxed suede lace).
F) Pig-bone bowie, pictured above. Blade was a Solingen bowie I found at a fleamarket. Grip was from a pig skeleton I found along a country road. That's a funny story on its own.
DelTin cinquedea blade I mounted up. Only things I didn't make, myself, are the blade and the brass chape (scabbard tip).
Was a sweet little shortsword. Another thing I regret selling. Just realizing I have no swords, anymore.
Knife kit blade I mounted up for a friend. Antler from the first buck he shot, hunting with his dad.
Don't have a finished pic. Sword blade I made last year, finished it over the summer. Scabbard still needs some work, though.
Not really related, but I had a Cold Steel Pocket Bushman snap on me (I was prying something off a wall, so totally my fault. Immediately bought another, because other than prying it takes a LOT of punishment). Turned it into a whittling knife with chisel tip.
They're hard to make because they undergo forces and stresses that knives do not, so there's less margin of error when it comes to heat-treatment.
They're considered "elite weapons" because people are fucking stupid.
> Nearly every civilization and nation that ever existed used some form of the sword to represent warfare, the state's power, chivalry, honor, and wealth
> They're all stupid
I tip my fedora to you mlady
I was jogging. Road ran right along a treeline, the other side being an open, rolling, farm field. Very middle-of-nowhere.
Listening to smartphone internet radio. Legend of Zelda music station. Great music for jogging through the countryside.
In the field, near the road, is a rocky outcropping covered in small evergreens. Between outcropping and road, something catches my eye. Overworld theme in my earbuds suddenly ends, and goes into dark, dungeon theme. Creepy as fuck, approach anyway.
Make out skeleton, deeply tangled in dead grass and weeds. Assume deer, totally common. Poke around. Skull definitely not deer. Suddenly notice man-made material. Animal was wearing a harness when it died.
Compared photo of skull, online. Only thing I could come up with was that it was a domesticated fucking pig that got hit by a car.
Even where I'm from, that just fucking weird.
Still, it's bone makes a great grip.
Still working on the grip, for this one.
Kind of a tactical shortsword design. Scales are made of skatelite, the material used to for skate ramp surfaces. Interesting shit.
It's been coated in spray on truck-bed liner for better grip.