This is the first step of making my first knife and shaping out the blade. I chose to make a drop point hunting knife with a flat grind. It’s a simple yet effective and popular design for it’s versatility. This design is a workhorse and can be used for skinning, chopping, and batoning. The blade is 3/16″ carbon steel. I don’t know the grade of steel, just that it’s NOT stainless and it’s got a fairly high carbon content. Once I get the basic grinding done, I have to heat treat, temper, and put an edge on it.
So far though, for what it is I think the basic shaping turned out fairly decent. Even if I do say so myself. With the major grinding to shape the initial design complete I’ll move on to hand sanding.
Yeah, I know the tools I’m using aren’t ideal, the tools are sub par, but it’s all I have right now until I can get my 2”x72” grinder built.
The belt grinder I have now only goes to 80 grit. I have 120 grit, but they are cheap belts and overlap at the seam thereby creating a bump which makes flat grinding impossible without making a huge racket and vibration when grinding against the platen.
This is just my first knife. After I get my first few knives made then I’ll build my 2”x72” grinder which will be my workhorse.
The belt grinder I’m using now is just one step above JUNK. It’s a $65 Harbor Freight special. It’s a 1”x30” and does work better than hand sanding and filing. I figured what the heck, I’ don’t want to hand grind the whole thing, so using this little 1×30 makes removing metal a lot easier than using a file.
So, grinding the basic shape was the goal on this session which took about 1 hour or so to lay out the design and grind it.
The next step will be hand sanding from 120 grit, 220, 400, 600, 800, 1000, and 1200.
I have to cut and fit the handle, grind it, polish, and finish. I figure another 6 to 8 hours give or take and it’ll be done.
Anyway, let me know what you think.
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