Toolmaking – Forge Your Knife

This resource will show you how to make your own knife from a steel car coil spring. You will need quite a bit of equipment for this including necessary safety gear and a suitable workshop area. See the materials list of tools.
A note on Safety-
Safety is really important when working with metal, heat, power tools and hammers etc. Take extreme care, make sure you know how to use the tools correctly, do wear the safety equipment mentioned and take your time. If you have long hair, tie it up. More details on our online newsletter here:
http://tlcxpress.ac.nz/2011/07/make-your-own-knife/
This is one of the programs available to our students at The Learning Connexion School of Art and Creativity. We have an onsite video production department which creates resources for students. Students who are studying onsite at our Taita campus can check these out via our DVD library. Students studying from home receive programs like this on DVDs as part of their programme. We’re constantly creating new material that covers techniques, ideas about creativity, and profiles about artists.

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25 Responses to Toolmaking – Forge Your Knife

  1. Looks like you will …
    Looks like you will have your work cut out for you on this one which ever way you go. If you have heated the steel in the cut-out process you will have partially annealed (softened) it reducing its effectiveness as a cutting instrument. The other part should still be hardened making it difficult to form or drill by hand. Suggest you go back to the steps covered in the DVD. Anneal (soften) the steel, form it, harden, temper, polish, attach a handle, sharpen, use with care!

  2. I bought three …
    I bought three feet of Hardened steel. I cut some out to make a machete.
    Its still rectangular and three inches wide and maybe a foot long. idk how thick but its a good thickness.
    I want to keep the rectangular shape and just put sum para chord as the handle and sharpen an edge of it. yes i know, lazy and not crafty but i want to start of easy since I will be doing everthing by hand.
    anyways, after sharpening- Do I temper it?? and I dont have to re harden it do i? HELP ME ASAP!!! please(:

  3. Thank you! I’m …
    Thank you! I’m thinking about forging myself a survival knife and your video was very instructive. Keep up the good work!

  4. The hot blade is …
    The hot blade is placed into a container of dry sawdust and a lid is placed on top to seal off the air – this avoids fire.

  5. About replacing …
    About replacing carbon in the steel: heating the blade ’till red and then putting it in a box of what? I couldn’t understand the word. What is that smoking substance?

  6. I’m in abut my 6th …
    I’m in abut my 6th yr as an amateur knife smith and to see more of these video’s popping up here on YouTube is just fantastic.

  7. Amazingly well …
    Amazingly well scripted and informative video! I am in the middle of making my own knife and this has helped me with the next steps. Thanks so much!

  8. I have been doing …
    I have been doing knives from broken power saw blades (I worked at the time as field engineer in a gas plant, and the shop had many scrap pieces), so I learned to love a good handmade knife. But, since then, I wanted to try and make my own blade: I had a good idea of many of the steps, but, thank to your video, I now managed to figure out every single operation needed and why is it needed.
    My most sincere compliment for your top class informative video, definitely one of the best around!

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    im a 15 yr …
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    im a 15 yr old blacksmith, please check out my channel for some videos, i make 1-4 a week now please subscribe like so people can see

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    im a 15 yr …
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    im a 15 yr old blacksmith, please check out my channel for some videos, i make 1-4 a week now please subscribe like so people can see

  11. Nice video, however …
    Nice video, however I believe your thoughts on carbon replacement are flawed. There is not enough time at temperature with the method you show…

  12. this is a little …
    this is a little late, but once it has been quenched you can wash the oil off, and it will never get into your mouth. but olive oil or vegetable oil works too, the reason people use old engine oil is to add to the carbon content in the steel.

  13. great video thanks …
    great video thanks for posting, if anyone knows of a blacksmiths/bladesmith course around newcastle please let me know, thank u

  14. i see thank you. …
    i see thank you. reason i asked is because i wouldn’t want to use an oil i shouldn’t be putting into my mouth

  15. I use boiled …
    I use boiled linseed oil though I have heard of people using old engine oil as well. Not sure about corn or olive oil??? You might need to ask on one of the many knife makers bulletin boards on the net.

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