Tuesday, September 30, 2008


I've been looking around at some of the firesteels (Swedish Firesteel, Blast Match, Metal Match, etc.) and even though I've already got a few of these I thought I'd have a go at making a couple of my own.
I bought some ferrocerium rods from an importer in Queensland and turned up a couple of handles on the bench grinder - wood for one and micarta for the other. I think they came out rather well considering it only took about 5 minutes to make each one, with the exception of the time it took for the Araldite to dry.

A few Sheaths

A few months back I'd been thinking for a while about making some sheaths - or more to the point, replacing the nylon sheath that came with my Winchester knife, with a homemade leather sheath.
I've done a little leatherwork in the past so the learning curve wasn't that great. That said, there's still a lot I need to learn and practice makes perfect.. eventually.
I also made a Scandinavian style sheath for a small damascus blade that I picked up at a show.

Mini Skinners

I was pretty happy with my first attempt at a skinner so I made a few mini versions. I thought one of these would be good to throw in with my camping kit, as a sort of emergency knife for 'light' bushcraft needs.
I decided to make these in two different styles.
The paracord wrapped one is a drop point and the other (hoochie cord wrapped) has a more traditional trailing-point spine.
I also chose to give both knives a smooth, seamless bevelled edge, and left out a ricasso to give a longer blade length that could start a cut from either the point or rear of the blade.

A new Knife

I thought I'd try my hand at some cord wrapping, so I decided to make a knife to practice on.
I didn't have a skinner so it seemed the perfect choice. I didn't really like the finish and was getting a bit bored with the hand sanding so I treated it with gun blue - so it's now got a nice gun-metal grey finish.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

The First Knife

Well, I've officially made my first knife. It's father's day today and I've just handed it over to Dad for his gift.
I knew when I started making it that I wanted to give it to Dad - just seemed like the right thing to do. It's not the best knife I'm ever going to produce - with practice I'm sure I'll get much better - but I can only make one ''first'' knife so I wanted Dad to have this one.

It's made from (what I believe to be) O2 steel and I used stock removal for the process. The handle is redgum and the guard is stainless.

Had a hell of a time making the thing - I can say I've learned a lot of lessons about grinding and drilling in the process - like, don't use a grinding wheel on the guard once it's on the knife. The thing fell off several times because the heat kept melting the epoxy. I know now to either shape the entire thing first or just use the slack band of the belt grinder.