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 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'?

Comment by Moba on March 27, 2012 at 10:09

an even mix of hard and soft wood. you could also save charcoal from a previous fire and add when there are decent flames.

Comment by Jelena Middleton on March 27, 2012 at 8:03

What sort of fuel would you recommend?

Comment by Moba on March 27, 2012 at 7:29
This will work, just choose your fuel carefully or you will spend it before your steel is hot enough.

Comment by Jelena Middleton on March 26, 2012 at 21:40

Well, I'm going to have another go at annealing, because I just know I'm going to have problems drilling the holes. I've made a forge of sorts, and what I plan to do is make a fire, and when there's a bed of coals, put the knife in and use some bellows to get it red hot (this time I'll check with a magnet) and then bury the fire with a bucket full of ashes and leave for a night. If anyone see's any problems with this, please let me know.

Comment by Moba on March 26, 2012 at 12:40

Hello all,

            The knife that I use the most, is a modified Cold Steel Khukri. Second is a small bird knife I made out of an old industrial hacksaw blade. The Khukri serves as a general construction/ destruction tool, as well as having very good draw knife properties. The little knife is great for cutting or peeling food, carving detail, and sometimes minor surgery!! Although I have a few flash knives, these two "feel" right in my hand. So in effect I have gone full circle from flashest to most basic in the 30 odd years I have had a knife in my hand. After living in third world countries, and seeing the materials they use for knife blades through lack of choice, I get less and less hung up on the "ideal" technicalities of hand making tools that I will derive pleasure in using. 

Comment by Jelena Middleton on March 24, 2012 at 15:40

The reason why I didn't anneal it again when I found out, was because I thought that if I could get it shaped, sharpened and holes drilled, then it wouldn't need to be soft, because I'll harden it, then temper it, ending up with the same results. Is this reasonable?

Comment by Jelena Middleton on March 23, 2012 at 20:41

Unfortunately, I didn't anneal it properly, and it's still quite hard in the middle, so the files simply slide over it. That's why I switched to the grinder.


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