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Old 05-12-2014, 06:10 AM
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Knife from a saw blade

This blade is over an 1/8 of an inch thick. I am using a 24 inch diameter concrete saw blade.



I cut a chunk of it away with a angle grinder.



This will be a hunting knife with a drop point and a finger guard.



This is a very thick blade.





Next, I heated the blade cherry red and let it cool very slowly to soften the steel. so I could drill hole and grind a bevel and do some file work.



this time I am going to do a "W" pattern on the backbone of the blade. I marked off the spacing with a sharpie.



Then I used a small square file on one side of the blade.



Then turned the blade around and did the other side.



I added a little bluing to bring out the details.





With all the file work done, I heat treated the blade by heating it until it was non magnetic (around 1500F) and then quenched it in 130F salt water. Next I temper it at 400F for one hour. Finally I polish the blade to a mirror finish.

I used curly maple and aluminum pins. I'm calling it "Blonde"









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Old 05-12-2014, 06:11 AM
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The last step is to make a sheath. I use 7 Oz. Veg. tanned leather and then dye it to the color I want after I sew it.









Another knife from the same saw blade with alum. bolsters and a Cocbolo handle. I also used homemade mosaic pins.



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Old 05-12-2014, 10:48 AM
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Good grief Rancid.. You are a handy person. If I had tried to make a knife such as that I would be minus a finger or two. Looks good. And I am jealous..wish I had the talent
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Amazing !

Is there anything you cant do ??


This is on my wish list:

http://www.duluthtrading.com/store/p...ent#detailtabs
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:18 AM
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Is there anything you cant do ??

Yes and my wife is generating a list.
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Old 05-13-2014, 02:56 PM
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Those are really beautiful knives.
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Old 05-13-2014, 11:09 PM
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Really fine work there. That old saw blade steel is great stuff, too bad it is so hard to come by around here these days. A few years back I could have picked up three BIG sawmill blades, but just never had the money to grab them, and alas they are gone by the wayside.

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Great detail in the process.. thanks... my question is what do you use to polish it to such a finish without scratches? You need to make a book or 2 like they did with the Foxfire books. I would be in line to get them. How to make anything and everything.
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Old 06-08-2014, 05:35 PM
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Lots of sanding all the way up to 1500 grit and then a flannel buffing wheel with polishing compound.
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