I have been making videos on the art and craft of knifemaking. So far I have one youtube video which shows you the first part of how to make a knife by stock removal. You can see that video here on my youtube channel Knifemaking tutorial.
The template for that project is located right here: Knife Pattern Template Check the print size on your printer. You should be able to print up this image in whatever size you need depending on how large or small you want to make your knife. My knife totals nine inches in length.
New I am starting a new series of tutorials on knife making and the first part of this is a look at the various steels that are used. Includes a look at the popular steels and their characteristics: Steels for Knifemaking
The Two Major Types of Knife Making
There are lots of different ways to make a knife! I guess this goes for just about everything! And with knife making there a lot of variables and a lot of different ways to go about it. A lot of this is based on three factors, the type of steel you have, the types of tools you have and the type of knife you want!
But there are two major ways to make a knife. These are proven and very common. They are the Stock Removal Method and the Forging Method.
The Stock Removal Method of Knifemaking
The Stock Removal Method of knifemaking: This is where you start out with a piece of steel, draw a pattern out on it and then use tools to cut out the profile of the blade. You get the whole knife including tang to the exact shape you want. You can use any number of metal working tools including a hacksaw, jeweler's saw, cut off grinder, bench grinder, belt sander and more. This method is often the method of choice for beginners because it requires less of an investment in time and skill. And you still make a perfectly beautiful knife.
You can see in the picture here that I am using a hacksaw to remove the stock from the knife. The white pattern is the shape of the knife. A hacksaw will not cut the curves. It is used to cut away most of the steel. From there you would use a bench grinder, belt sander or something else to get the profile of the knife exactly right.
The Tutorial on making a knife using the Stock Removal method is right here
The Forging Method of Knife Making
This method is quite a bit different than the stock removal method. You work your billet or piece of steel on the anvil to bring it to the desired knife shape.
The tutorial is here
Custom Knifemaking: 10 Projects from a Master Craftsman
Spanning the gap between pre-cut and 'art' knives with step-by-step illustrated instructions for unique and beautiful knives. Learn how to make projects, or designs of your own: Kitchen paring knife; Full-tang all-purpose knife; Partial-tang carving knife; Through-tang skinner; Wilderness knife; Forged camp knife; Kitchen chopper; One-blade pocket knife; Lockback folding knife; Damascus steel dagger.
Note from Will I own the book Custom Knifemaking and really like it. The ten knives you see on the cover are the knives you learn how to make in the book. So you get a good look at a lot of different ways to make a knife of just about any kind and style. The book also has a lot of very useful information about metals, forging, stock removal, tools to use and more.
Wayne Goddard's $50 Knife Shop, Revised
-Reveals secrets to crafting durable knives without spending a lot of money -Speaks to a ready audience: BLADE Show -- largest custom cutlery show in the U.S. draws 10,000 people each year -Presents simple, expert instruction in full color photos
Knife-makers, veteran and novice, know and trust Wayne Goddard's techniques and teaching, and it shows in the level of craftsmanship featured at the nation's knife shows. The very book that changed the face of bladesmithing is revamped, with full color photo instructions and the tried-and-true format knife-makers will refer to for years to come.
-Tools needed to make knives, and outfitting a personal workshop without breaking the bank.
-Forging and heat-treating techniques, to help improve existing bladesmithing skills
-200+ color photos demonstrate basic knife making techniques
The easiest guide to making knives is Wayne Goddard's $50 Knife Shop, Revised.
Note from Will I own this book too! It is loaded with lots of full color pictures and has lots of great information. This book is more in-depth than the ten projects book and it has a lot of information and tips on tools to use, tools to improvise and how to make your own tools and more so you can keep the expenses down.
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