Monday, May 05, 2008

How to make a knife

For as long as I've appreciated knives, I've always thought knife making was some kind of magic. A few short google searches reveal that like everything else in the world, making or doing anything can be broken down into simple steps.

This outdoorsman makes his own knife out of a file, and a few hand tools, in a freaking camp fire!

After seeing this, I immediately began looking up hand made knives, and was sad I didn't have a work bench, vice, or a garage. Then I realized that if I really wanted to do it, I'd MAKE it work. So now I'm trying to figure out how to make my own forge for use on the only bit of outdoors I've got; my apartment balcony. (at least there's nothing above it) I'm doing the same thing for getting into reloading. If I want to do it badly enough, I'll make it work.


JP said...

I've seen mini forges made from cheapo grills and a hibachi.
On a few of the grills, old hair dryers were used as air pumps.The hibachi had a real forge air pump with the crank handle. Real coal was preferred for them all, but chunk type charcoal also works. Briquttes burn too fast but in a pinch will do ok.
Big granite river stones can be used as anvils.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm...almost just like Anza knives.

Mini-Weber or Hibachi would probably be the way to go, and probably wouldn't attract a lot of attention from the building management.

Fletch said...

I managed to procure a mini grill for free, so I'm planning on adobe-ing it up and adding a cheap blower. When I'm done it should be able to grill the shit out of a steak. :) (or at least burn the hell out of it)