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Rancid Crabtree 08-04-2008 11:13 AM

Making a knife from a 10 inch table saw blade
 
Here is how I make a knife from a table saw blade.

I went through my stash of saw blades. I donít have a shortage of them. I use the ones without carbide teeth so I know the whole blade is made of good steel.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2...s/circsaw1.jpg

This is going to be a drop point skinner blade out of a .08 think 10 inch circular saw blade. A file told me it was good and hard

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2...s/circsaw2.jpg

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2...s/circsaw3.jpg

I used the Dremmel tool to cut the knife out of the saw blade.
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2...s/circsaw4.jpg

With a little grinding and polishing, it cleans up well.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2...s/circsaw5.jpg

To add a little bit of style to the knife, I used a round chainsaw file on the backbone of the blade. I didnít go very deep.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2...s/circsaw7.jpg

I then used gun bluing on the file work and then polished away everything but what was in the grooves. I think it adds a nice touch to the look of the blade.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2...s/circsaw9.jpg

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2...s/circsaw8.jpg

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2.../circsaw91.jpg

In order to drill the pin holes, I needed to soften the steel. I used a MAP gas tourch and slowly heated the tang.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2.../circsaw92.jpg

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2.../circsaw93.jpg

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2.../circsaw94.jpg

Rancid Crabtree 08-04-2008 11:15 AM

Then I drilled the holes.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2.../circsaw95.jpg

I cleaned up the blade again and added the bevel.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2.../circsaw96.jpg

At this point you can either put a handle on the knife or heat threat it to get the knife even harder than it already is. If the steel is already good and hard, I may leave it alone. On some knives I will heat treat.

I like to use exotic woods or antler for the handles. This wood is called bloodwood.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2...es/hunter9.jpg

A couple other saw balde knives. All from 10 inch table saw blades that aer .080 thick.

With an Ipe handle

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/c...s/skinner9.jpg

With an antler and wlanut handle

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/c...ives/saw97.jpg

With a Cocobolo handle

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/c...ives/Moms1.jpg

For bigger knives, I use bigger saw blades like concrete cutting saw blades that are 2 feet in Dia. and an 1/8" thick.


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