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Offline Axxe55

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Input on getting into knife making.
« on: December 07, 2019, 11:08:10 PM »
I am thinking about taking my knife making to the next level, and would like to start making custom knives to sell.

I am looking for input, advice, ideas and suggestions in taking on this endeavor, and would appreciate any feedback in this area.

Any thoughts or questions would also be appreciated.

Thank you in advance.
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Re: Input on getting into knife making.
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2019, 01:44:30 AM »
Have any photos of your finished projects?
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Re: Input on getting into knife making.
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2019, 06:47:43 AM »
Axxe, Search for specially knife shops in your area.
Try to find one or more that offers knife making classes and enroll.
You'll get a look at the various tools, techniques and raw materials.
Plus you may make some future important contacts.
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Re: Input on getting into knife making.
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2019, 12:20:12 PM »
Have any photos of your finished projects?

Not yet. I can't post pictures from this iPad. Or possibly more accurately, I am not technically savvy enough to know how to! :th_thicon_lol:

Hopefully, pretty soon I am going to invest in a new laptop or tablet, that I can then use to post pictures again.
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Re: Input on getting into knife making.
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2019, 12:26:12 PM »
Axxe, Search for specially knife shops in your area.
Try to find one or more that offers knife making classes and enroll.
You'll get a look at the various tools, techniques and raw materials.
Plus you may make some future important contacts.

None in my area that I am aware of. But I have been in contact with a few on PTF these last few days. I started pretty much the same thread there to gather some input and advice. So far I have gotten lots of feedback from the members there.


Also have been watching a lot of YouTube videos as well. Lots of information out there if a person wants to find it.
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Re: Input on getting into knife making.
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2019, 05:03:29 PM »
I remember many years ago some guys that made knives used old files
and some of there blades looked pretty good.
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Re: Input on getting into knife making.
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2019, 09:09:19 PM »
Old files,saw blades,leaf springs,plow discs,Railroad spikes all make very good knife blades.

Axxe,you could just buy some knife making kits,and start from there. The blades are already cut & shaped,they just need to be finished.

https://knifemaking.com/collections/knife-kits

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Re: Input on getting into knife making.
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2019, 01:58:51 PM »
Old files,saw blades,leaf springs,plow discs,Railroad spikes all make very good knife blades.

Axxe,you could just buy some knife making kits,and start from there. The blades are already cut & shaped,they just need to be finished.

https://knifemaking.com/collections/knife-kits

I'm leaning towards buying knife blank material, then shaping the blade, and then heat treating the blade.

But that is a good option as well. I looked over their website a few weeks ago.
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Re: Input on getting into knife making.
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2019, 02:13:32 PM »
i've made a few myself.
unless you have lots of expensive machines to cut down on manhours
it's a pain trying to make a living from it.
lots of competition too.
the stainless materials will be a pain to treat unless you farm
it out in bulk to a pro.

i've bought stuff from jantz supply and texas knifemakers supply.
they're reliable if they're still in business. quite a few
different folks carry pre fab blades. i've done some with what
they called semi-finished blades, basic shape and heat treat done,
just needs final shaping and polishing

just me, i'd go with the previous ^ ^ ^ ^ post and do a few
kits before you decide to jump in the deep water.
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Re: Input on getting into knife making.
« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2019, 06:21:33 PM »
i've made a few myself.
unless you have lots of expensive machines to cut down on manhours
it's a pain trying to make a living from it.
lots of competition too.
the stainless materials will be a pain to treat unless you farm
it out in bulk to a pro.

i've bought stuff from jantz supply and texas knifemakers supply.
they're reliable if they're still in business. quite a few
different folks carry pre fab blades. i've done some with what
they called semi-finished blades, basic shape and heat treat done,
just needs final shaping and polishing

just me, i'd go with the previous ^ ^ ^ ^ post and do a few
kits before you decide to jump in the deep water.

I have no intention of trying to make a living or huge sums of money in this endeavor. Simply want to take my hobby and love of custom made knives to a different level.

Both places are still in business that I can tell.

Though I am going to use a forge, mainly going to use it for heat treating. My main focus will be using the stock removal method for making knife blades. I plan on concentrating on buying quality blade steel stock for making blades.
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Re: Input on getting into knife making.
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2020, 07:25:48 PM »
Well an update. The past few weeks I have been rearranging and setting up my garage to do my knife making. Rebuilt and remounted my big vise and mounted my smaller vise. Made a blade beveling jig, made a blade scribe and knife makers vise. Will be buying a belt grinder and a bench top drill press within the next few weeks or so.

Been working on a few prototypes so far of my own design. Have a few old knives that I am rebuilding and cleaning up.

More to come later. :wave1:
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