With My Own Hands – My Knife Making Journey

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A guide for new knife makers who want to experience knife making but do not know where to start. This book is designed to be picked up by any person who wishes to make a knife. It does not matter if the intent is to make one or two, to try the hobby to see if it fits, or go on to making more and better knives. This book walks through the exact process the author used when building his first knives and described the successful processes as well as the mistakes made.
It will discuss how to design and make your first knives; with tools you may already. It describes the most preferable type of steel you should use to make your first knife and why it is important. The book has additional information than my previous book and has information on forging and additional embellishments common to knife making. Everything in the first book is included in this one.
The book steps through:

  • Choosing Knife making Stock
  • Edge Geometry
  • Knife Design
  • Starter Tools
  • Knife Layout
  • Grinding And Shaping
  • Grinding a Knife tips
  • Drilling the Handle
  • Hand Sanding
  • Heat Treating
  • Tempering
  • Forging a Knife
  • Maker’s Mark
  • Stabilizing Scales & Handles
  • Normalizing Your Knife
  • Testing the Knife’s Hardness
  • Hardness Testers
  • Plunge Line
  • Knife handles
  • Framed Hidden Tang Knives
  • Antler Handles
  • Bone Handles
  • Multipart Handles
  • Burning in a Handle
  • Stacked Leather Handles
  • Guards & Pummels
  • Sharpening
  • Jimping
  • File Work
  • Etching with Ferric Chloride
  • Gun Brown Finish
  • Cold Bluing
  • Stone Washing
  • Apple Cider Vinegar Forced Patina
  • Making Mosaic Pins
  • Straightening a Knife after Heat Treating
  • Friction Folders
  • Cleavers
  • Errors and Mishaps
  • Some Knife Design History
  • Knife Examples
  • Parts Of a Knife
  • How to care for a High Carbon Knife.


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