• *** Follow Me for my first 100 Knives ***
      Bladesmithing, How To
      Soon after I decided to take knife making a little more seriously, I decided to track my progress and document what I learned along with my my mistakes. I thought if there were mistakes to make and I made then others would likely make the same mistakes. So, here is a progression in some reasonable order of my beginnings as a knife maker and bladesmith. […]
    • Knife 65 – Leuku – #2 – Gun Brown Finish
      Bladesmithing, First-100, How To, Knives Built
      The Leuku Knife, also known as a Sami knife (Sami: stuorraniibi = “big knife”, Finnish: lapinleuku or leuku), is a large knife traditionally used by the Sami people. I decided to try some Laurel Mountain Barrel Brown & Degreaser to brown the blade. This is how it came out! […]
    • Knife 64 – Leuku
      Bladesmithing, How To, Stock Removal
      Leuku knife In keeping with the History quest, According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sami_knife the Leuku also known as a Sami knife (Sami: stuorraniibi = “big knife”, Finnish: lapinleuku or leuku), is a large knife traditionally used by the Sami people. As best as I can tell by my research, these knives are about 1/8″ – 3/16″ […]
    • Making A Leather Knife Sheath
      Bladesmithing, How To, Sheaths
      Not all knife makers make their own Leather Knife Sheath. Some farm out the leather work to leather professionals. Since I like to keep as much of the craftsmanship work for myself, I have chosen to make a leather knife sheath for each of my knives that need one. What follows are some ways I have experimented when I Make a leather knife sheath. I will try to explain the task as best as I can, […]
    • Wooden Lined Knife Sheath
      Bladesmithing, How To, Sheaths
      I decided to make a Wooden Lined Knife Sheath for my Kephart EDC. This is how I did it: I marked out the blade on a piece of 1/4″ beach I used a utility knife to cut the border. There are definitely other ways to do this, but the knife was handy. Then, using the knife and a hook knife i hollowed out for the blade. Next I used the belt grinder to profile the lining. I fitted the knife. I […]
    • Knife 63 – Kephart EDC – Multi Part Handle Scales
      Bladesmithing, Design Notes Mentioned, First-100, How To, Knife Handles, Knives Built
      Horace Kephart (1862-1931) is a familiar name to bushcrafters along with George Washington Sears (See Knife 59) and was one of the leading outdoor writers of his time. Kephart designed the knife. This is how he described it in the first edition of Camping and Woodcraft: “This knife weighs only 4 ounces. It was made by a country blacksmith, and is one of the homeliest things I ever saw; but it has outlived in my affections the score of other knives that I have use”. […]
    • Knife 62 – Brut de Forge Bowie
      Bladesmithing, First-100, Forge a Knife, Forging a Knife, How To, Knives Built
      This Brut de Forge Bowie was forged from a similar tine as Knife - 42 Hunter Forged from an Implement Tine. To the right it is being normalized. Notice the groove (or fuller) in the tang. I cut that with the belt grinder. It serves a couple of purposes. It lightens the knife. It makes less surface area of the tang that must be flattened and gives the epoxy some space. […]
    • Knife 61 – Antler Handled Carving Knife
      Antler Handles, Bladesmithing, First-100, How To, Knives Built
      Because this Antler Handled Carving Knife's antler was put on with the base end first, it required a little different technique. It seems the base is bone and is harder. It did not soften like a cut end that exposes the softer insides. To get around this I drilled a hole then slightly widen it to be about the width of the tang. I drilled with a drill bit the approximate width and used a Dremel with a cutter to widen it. […]
    • Knife 60 – The Modern Muk
      Bladesmithing, First-100, Knives Built
      This is a modern version of “The Muk” knife. The blade is the same, but it has a full tang and a stabilized spalted beech scales. […]
    • How to Care for a High Carbon Knife
      How To, Misc
      How to Care for a High Carbon Knife / Maintenance of a High Carbon Knife […]
    • Knife 58 – Bunka Chef’s Knife – Making The Makers Mark
      Bladesmithing, First-100, How To, Knives Built
      Bunka Chef’s Knife – Making The Makers Mark Made from 3/32” 1095 Handle is wenge and zebra wood Bunka knives are general purpose knives tackling a wide range of common kitchen tasks. Their reverse tanto profile gives the knives a dexterous and delicate tip and a unique and eye-catching aesthetic. It is a general-purpose kitchen knife like a Santoku and it used to […]
    • Knife 57 – Railroad Spike Knife
      Bladesmithing, Design Notes Mentioned, First-100
      A railroad spike knife is made (....wait for it....) from a railroad spike and it's a project that seems to be a right to passage for a lot of blacksmiths and bladesmiths. It takes a little knowledge and experience to get it right, but honestly, I find them more of a novelty item. […]
    • Knife 56 – Forged Hunter (broke cold forging)
      Bladesmithing, Build Mistakes mentioned, First-100, Forging a Knife, Knives Built
      I forged Fully Forged Hunting Knife that I broke from another tine as shown in knife 36. I sound up breaking it. I knew I was not finished forging it but I ran out of time, so I just left it sitting on the anvil. The next day I only had a few minutes in the shop. I picked up the knife and noticed a slight warp. Sure, I should have known better but my experience working with mild steel sort of kicked in and I gave it a couple good whacks with the hammer. Boom! A duh moment. […]
    • Knife 55 Seax – Vine Filing-laminated scales
      Bladesmithing, Filing (Spline & Blade), First-100, How To, Knife Handles
      The vine pattern is probably the most common type of file work done on a knife spine. I've outlined the steps below so that most everyone can complete this and move on to more exciting filework. […]
    • Knife 54 Hunter EDC from a file – Blade Filing
      Bladesmithing, Filing (Spline & Blade), First-100, How To, Misc
      This knife was made from a file with Blade Filings added This knife was made from a file with Blade Filings added. This knife’s design is not what was intended. I had a failed attempt to cut Fuller’s in it. I was using a cutoff wheel with a straight edge guide. The guide slipped. So, tyo make something out of nothing, I narrowed it to save the blade. The spline filing was added to dress it […]