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 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 Toby Burns on March 7, 2015 at 11:29

Hi all. 

I have some experience in blacksmithing knife axe machete making. 

Also most of the gear to set up a workshop. 

I'm looking for a space to setup or work from.

Any ideas or advice? 

Please if interested to touch base contact me on 022 023 9540.

Toby burns

Comment by Dave on January 8, 2014 at 20:09

Hi Wingyeung. Those knives look as though they would be fine for their intended purpose. I find it hard tell their quality from the descriptions H&F gave. I am not very knowledgable on knife materials but I can share what I have leaned. Someone else may be able to give better details.

My understanding is that the corrosion protection of a stainless steel blade is helpful in New Zealand's humid rain forests but some stainless blades do not have enough carbon in them. These low carbon stainless steel blades take a long time to sharpen and do not hold their edge well. A higher level of carbon in the blade (which allows the blade to rust easier) will give a sharper edge that stays sharp for longer. 

Some blade steels are a mixture of stainless and carbon giving good corrosion resistance and a sharp edge. I think lower priced diving knives designed for salt water may have high rust/corrosion resistance but may not hold the good edge that a bushcraft knife needs (just my opinion here).

What do you guys reckon?

A top quality knife for less than $20 can be found at Bunnings in the tool section. It is called the Bacho 2444. Strangly enough it is stainless steel and has a picture of a fish on it, lol, but it is actually considered to be top value with a quality blade well suited to bushcraft. It is quite possibly a Mora Clipper but renamed for the tool/handyman market. When I saw these things I bought one straight away. It was razor sharp out of the box. I have not tested it out in the bush yet.

I found some discussions on this knife on our Forum under: 

Bahco 2444 (mora clipper alike)

There is also some very useful information on Youtube about modifying the knife.

A particular brand I personally like is Condor. Condor has high carbon steel blades (so will require regular oiling to protect from rust) that can be sharpened to a longlasting edge. I have two and both needed some sandpaper work to get the edge up to what I needed. But, once sharpened, they are great knives. $50 to $110 dollars is what I paid. 

Happy new year all.

Comment by Wing Szeto on December 25, 2013 at 6:59

Hi all, (Merry Christmas by the way), what do you think about using dive knives for Bushcraft/ outdoor/ survival use? I found two dive knives on the Hunting and Fishing website; they both have a normal edge on one side and a serrated edge and hook on the other side, here are the links:

Comment by Jelena Middleton on September 23, 2012 at 10:03

Tried it again, didn't work. Maybe it's time I gave up on the file?

Comment by Rania Marsh on August 26, 2012 at 12:20

I've been trying to upload a couple of knife making PDF's, The Advanced Knifemakers Manual, and The Complete Bladesmith, but as they get posted as a link, they won't come up to be read. How do I post PDF's on this site? Am I able to?

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!


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