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Make a Damascus Steel Knife Part 9

In this part of the tutorial we finish making the knife.


Sand the shape

Use any tools you have available to get the shape and the form of it just the way you want it. This includes the finger guard matching the handle well.

I used a 1 inch belt sander.

File the handle

And I used a file to bring down the brass pins so they are flush with the handle. I also used the file on the finger guard.

Finish the coating

And we finish off the knife by cleaning up the resin handles. They are cloudy and the filing and sanding has further clouded them.

Mix up a small batch of the same resin you used to cast the handles. Then paint that on. It will clear up the handles.

CLoseup of handle

Now we can see the damascus pattern through the handles. It will improve as the resin dries.

You can see the damascus pattern


The see thru handle


The completed knife


The Wonder of Knifemaking Book

The Wonder of Knifemaking

Master smith Wayne Goddard is an icon in the field of knife making. As a full-time maker, teacher and writer, Goddard works as hard to teach knife making skills as he does to acquire them. His affiliation with BLADE Magazine has brought new and interesting information, tips and tricks to thousands of would-be knife makers. Other popular titles from Goddard include The Wonder of Knifemaking (2000) and $50 Knife Shop (2001 and 2006).


Basic Knifemaking book

Basic Knife Making: From Raw Steel to a Finished Stub Tang Knife

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