knifemaking

Making Your Own Coffee Can Forge

Making Your Own Coffee Can Forge

We take a look at how easy it is to build your own micro forge.

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Prepping for the Zombie Apocalypse with Backyard Knife Forging

Prepping for the Zombie Apocalypse with Backyard Knife Forging

Enter the strange and wonderful world of YouTube knife forging videos.

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How-To: Make a Custom Knife

How-To: Make a Custom Knife

Looking for a really, er, involved weekend project? (Okay, maybe it’ll take several weekends.) Design and make your own wood-handled knife from scratch!

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How-To: Paper Micarta

How-To: Paper Micarta

Micarta is a genericized trademark referring to a composite material made from layers of paper or fabric impregnated with thermosetting resin. It is rigid, tough, and electrically insulating, and has many applications ranging from power distribution equipment to countertops. It is also commonly used in knife, gun, and tool handles, where its laminated construction offers decorative effects ranging from subtle wood-grain-like patterns to out-and-out gaudy riots of color.

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How-To:  “Vines” Knife Blade Filework

How-To: “Vines” Knife Blade Filework

Fancy file-work along the spine of the blade, like that featured in this step-by from custom knifemaker Bruce Evans, is commonly applied after the steel has been heat-treated. Which means, I believe, that you could apply it to a factory knife, for instance, if you wanted to customize it for yourself, or personalize it as a gift.

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Top 10: Knifemaking

Top 10: Knifemaking

Knives are a major “gateway drug” for many a young maker. They were for me, certainly. One of the first things I ever remember being proud of making was a cocobolo replacement handle (mounted with homemade “mosaic” pins) to repair my mother’s favorite paring knife. (Coincidentally, both skills are covered in this round-up.)

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How-To: Full Tang Cord Handle Wrap

How-To: Full Tang Cord Handle Wrap

There are lots of great Paracord projects over on Instructables, and we’ve featured quite a few of them here before (see below), but this one from Harlan Whitman caught my eye, both because of the great job Harlan does presenting the technique, and because of the great-looking results he gets on this camp axe, which he made himself.

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