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Lady's and gentleman’s when we decided to make first knife - we are beginners! We have a lot of questions; unknown things, tips and tricks! I start my first knives and that’s why I decided to start this group! Professionals are invited!

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How to Make a Knife from an Old Saw Blade

Started by Jan Carter. Last reply by Jan Carter on Tuesday. 4 Replies

How to Make a Knife from an Old Saw BladeMaking a knife is a satisfying project on a number of levels. You’re creating a fundamental tool — one of the first tools ever…Continue

Tags: knife, to, blade, saw, from

Absolute Cheapskate Way to Start Making Knives

Started by John McCain. Last reply by Flint Bone Feb 16. 7 Replies

Fledgling knifemaker Scott Jones (Jonesy) put this out on the web years ago and  it has been reproduced on numerous sites since then-It helped trigger my knife making mania ages ago-  This used to be available as a PDF on the web, but is no longer…Continue

Inlay a Shield?

Started by Jan Carter. Last reply by Jan Carter Dec 26, 2014. 15 Replies

The Two-legged Parser Ever wonder how the old time pocket knife makers used to inlay the fancy little nickel shields into the knife handles? They used the simplest of tools but the only one I know which will drill a hole of any shape - this tool was…Continue

Tags: legged, Parcer, two, shield, inlay

Stabilizing your own wood

Started by Jan Carter. Last reply by Alexander Noot Oct 17, 2014. 53 Replies

Well Donnie decided last weekend he wanted to try stabilizing his own wood.The process is not quick.  We have stabilized one set and dyed three, all are in the drying stages…Continue

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Making Micarta

Started by Jan Carter. Last reply by Richard van de Laarschot Oct 5, 2014. 4 Replies

I will post a few videos we have seen also but this is probably one of the best set of instructions I have seenMaking Denim Micarta…Continue

Tags: Micarta, Making

First Fixed Blade Project

Started by Smiling-Knife. Last reply by Richard van de Laarschot Oct 5, 2014. 61 Replies

I'm assembling my first fixed blade knife. I bought a blade and few other bits. So far,  I've cut the leather and spacer material for the handle. I have the first third or so loosely fitted on the tang. Will post an update on progress…Continue


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Comment by Tom Peterson yesterday

Thanks Jan! Maybe if I live another 50 years I may get to be good at this! I wish that I could interface with other makers - preferably nearby - to learn from them. Learning is soooo slow when it's by trial and error and from making mistakes first! I did run into a couple of guys at the Gator Knife Club show recently over in Lakeland (the first real knife show that I have attended). I'm hoping to get together with one or more of them to help speed up my learning curve! I have a bunch more knives sketched out but have been somewhat limited by funds to buy steel, etc. to start on more knives. Plus I really am trying to stay focused and not start too many new projects until I get this batch of knives off to HT. I'll start the next batch while this one is getting tempered. I've got a big box full of exotic woods, another with micartas and different colors of G10 just waiting for the right knives and I've been collecting (my wife would say hoarding) leather and exotic leathers such as elephant, sting ray, ostrich shin, crocodile and cape buffalo for when I get to that point with this batch of knives and subsequent ones. I'm hoping to get set up to etch my logo on my blades as well as do Kydex sheaths fairly soon. All in due time...hopefully!

Comment by Jan Carter yesterday


WOW have you come a long way!  These are not only looking good but I like the diversity!

Comment by Tom Peterson yesterday

Hey Alexander,

I had them all ground to about 220 grit or so I believe and did hand sanding higher but then decided to drill holes in handles to lighten them up and allow epoxy to flow from side to side. Drilling the holes left some burrs that I knocked down with a file so the handles still are a bit rough in places. I will probably block sand them by hand again before I send them off to heat treat. I still have some work to do on the stick tang blanks and the two big knives that still have the paper patterns on them before sending off to HT too. Thanks for your comments.

Comment by Alexander Noot on Thursday

They look good to me. On some of em the finish looks a bit rough. But I suspect that's mostly the light or something.

All in all everything looks fine and clean.

Comment by Tom Peterson on Wednesday

Forgot to ask - any comments? I'd appreciate any constructive criticism from any of you more experienced folks.  I've learned just about everything on my own from trial and error (lots of errors) and hopefully learning from my mistakes! Thanks in advance!

Comment by Tom Peterson on Monday

I haven't been able to devote as much time as I'd like to finishing the batch of knives that I'm working on to send to heat treat. I did spend a small fortune on Cobalt bits and drilled out epoxy bridge holes/lightening holes recently and this past weekend I spent several hours putting thumb notches on most of these knives (after these pictures were taken). Thankfully my thumb notches are improving markedly but unfortunately everything that I seem to learn I learn from making mistakes first! Oh well, those lessons aren't soon forgotten...Someday I will actually put handles on these knives and then start making sheaths for them!

Comment by Rhamer Jimenez on Monday

Thank you all for the comments, now moving on to the next project i think i am going to use some wood, i will post pictures as soon as decide what to make this time.


Comment by Michael Squier on Monday

Good job Rhamer, nice looking knife.

Comment by Tom Peterson on Monday

Great looking knife Rhamer! Well done Sir!

Comment by Alexander Noot on Monday

Looks good Rhamer! Keep it up!


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