From the Lawn Mower to the Blade

Discussion in 'Knives & Other Discussion' started by 2Wheels4Ever, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. 2Wheels4Ever

    2Wheels4Ever
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    My first foray into the world of knife making did not turn out the way I pictured, but it was fun nonetheless. These two knives started life as a lowly old, and abused lawn mower blade. The first one I made was the larger, and the only tools I used were a grinder and a file. The tanto was the first knife I made with a small belt sander, and these thing definitely have a large learning curve. Already the knifes I am working on now are coming out a bit more refined.

    From an old mower blade to two useable knives; I am having a blast.

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  2. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist
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    AK's all day.

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    Really cool man!
    Does it hold its edge well?
     
  3. Certaindeaf

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    That's some dandy work.
     
  4. jluck

    jluck
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    I really like the second one!
     
  5. 2Wheels4Ever

    2Wheels4Ever
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    Ya, the steel is great 1095, so it will rust on you, but is tough.
     
  6. 1990Turbo

    1990Turbo
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    Looks good. I have made a couple myself just takes a lot of practice to get your technique figured out. Agree belt sanders have a learning curve they can take material off very fast so go slow and dont let it get too hot keep a bucket of water close by and cool it often. I have some blade and handle stuff in the edged weapons classifieds if you havent seen it yet.
     
  7. 2Wheels4Ever

    2Wheels4Ever
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    BillM helped me out a lot and gave me a bunch of handle material to get started with. For metal I am now working on leaf springs. Thanks for the tips!
     
  8. Sgt Nambu

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    First effort? Darned Nice!
     
  9. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke
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    When I was doing medieval combat reenactment we made swords out of automotive leaf springs. It's the perfect material for blades.
     

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