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Knife makers all start out in a modest way. Simple tools and little equipment usually. Answering your question about tips to handle making could be volumes. Of course you've already seen the wide variety of blade blanks available. You found a good supplier in Thompsons. The style of tang is going to determine your options. Full tang, rat-tail tang, hidden tang. Your shop tools, adhesives, and abrasives should be the best that you can afford. Look to your local hardware store for less expensive options. Concentrate on achieving the best fit possible. All other things can be forgiven. And always make what you like and hopefully will collect.
is this an idea ??
http://youtu.be/wfxDwsSaDLQ micheal's video !!
use a puukko to make a puukko
That is one very good, informative video!