Knives and Knifesmithing

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Check out Martin Hunters Tips On: Sharpening Stones "To Go" to read about sharpening stones that you can take in the field. There is also a good Ray Mears video about sharpening both in the field and back at basecamp using Japanese Water stones. For more on Japanese water stones, check out the A-Z of bushcraft J for Japanese waterstone video. Here is a great review from Te Hopo of the Lansky Deluxe Sharpening System.

Repairing and Reconditioning
Martin also has a great Tips On: Reconditioning a Bushknife post which has some great info on how to fix a blade and a discussion of different materials.

There is an excellent new article on Dryad Bushcraft called Damascene Knife Making with Lars Enander

Safe Use
Martin's website also has a must read knife safety section on his website. Andrew gives top tips on using the cutting tool skillfully and safely on his K for Knife video

Do you have a tutorial, review, or any post that's knife related? Let the group administrators know and they can include it in this page.

Below are some videos of interest:
How to make a bushcraft knife by A-Z Bushcraft Scott Gossman from Gossman Knives demonstrates how to sharpen a knife

Discussion Forum

Knife Sharpening Block

Started by R.Braun Oct 6, 2015. 0 Replies

Just got a knife sharpening block out of storage and it is coated in this strange. I think it may be oil which has absorbed a load of dust. Has this happened to anyone else?

Knife types you would carry.

Started by Scott Hamilton. Last reply by Mr.J Nov 13, 2012. 4 Replies

I finally tried my Swiss army knife, locking blade model, on my firesteel and it threw good sparks. I have tried other stainless knives on the firesteel and hardly any sparks. So I carry a Frost Mora…Continue

Tags: parang, golok, carry, setup, firesteel

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Comment by Jelena Middleton on August 25, 2012 at 15:01

In case anyone was wondering, my fourth attempt at annealing a file didn't work. It came out just as hard before. I have no idea what's going wrong.

Comment by Rania Marsh on August 2, 2012 at 16:03

I have some knifesmithing PDF's I found online that I'd like to upload if I can. Is there any way I can?

Comment by Terry Smith on May 10, 2012 at 16:09

homemade forge video

Comment by Terry Smith on May 10, 2012 at 15:58

Hay take a look at this video and

Comment by Jelena Middleton on April 9, 2012 at 16:17

Thanks for replying, don't worry about the delay, I've come down with some sort of lung infection/whooping cough, so I've had to postpone my next annealing attempt anyway. I'll try it this way, keep your fingers crossed!

Comment by Moba on April 9, 2012 at 15:38

Apologies for the delay in replying, work is seriously cutting into my leisure time! you can elevate the file with a few pieces of scrap metal, but have enough to prevent the file from sagging from heat. keep the fire going for as long as you would an evening heating fire and leave the file in there under the ashes till morning, this worked for me. 

Comment by Jelena Middleton on March 30, 2012 at 21:31

Thanks for replying, just a couple of questions:

What did you use to elevate the file? How long after it went red did you keep the fire going? Any other specifics that could help? Thanks a lot.

Comment by Moba on March 30, 2012 at 15:44

place your file in the fire in a that that is elevated from the floor of your forge. You could try feeding the fire a few times and let it die with the file still in it. I did it in my fire box for the duration of the evening and left it there after the last load for the night and it worked a treat. I am planning to start another file knife soon, so we can compare notes. 

Comment by Jelena Middleton on March 30, 2012 at 11:31

I heated it until it went orange, then buried it in a bucket of ash and left it for the night. Today I tried drilling it, but if anything, it's harder still. The drill barely dents it.   I think it might be cooling to fast, but I don't know what to do about it. Could really use some advice! 

Comment by Jelena Middleton on March 28, 2012 at 21:22

I just can't seem to get the knife hot enough! I can get it red, but can't keep it red. Should I bury it in ash once it gets red, or let it 'soak'?


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