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I'm looking to begin knife-making, have got a basic idea but would welcome any advice on getting the right equipment together. The wife is going to give me extra pocket money so I can afford a decent start. The more equipment the better then I don't have to leave my shed for a while! This is my first message posting, I look forward to hearing from anyone out there with good advice, preferably about knives not wives!
Assuming you want to start with stock removal rather than forging I would sugest the following as being useful.
For the metal bits:
- Set of engineers files,
- Hacksaw and cobalt blades
-Wet and dry paper in a range of grits from 300 to 1200
- Coping saw
- Surform file
- Sandpaper ina range of grits
Those are pretty much the basic essentials and you should be able to do a fair bit with them. There are a lot of other potential things you can get but its probably best to start with the basics and work out what you need for youself when you've had a little more experience.
Cromwell Tools and Axminster Tools are good places to start looking for kit and materials. Cromwell sells O1 tool steel which is probably a good choice to start with and Axminster sells a range of hardwoods which make good handle materials.
Even if you have a reasonable ammount to spend I reccomend that you make your first couple of knives with simple hand tools then you will get a better idea of what kit will be really useful to you.
Good luck and welcome to the forum
You'll need to think about heat treating as well, this can be quite a complex subject but in a nutshell you'll need a means to get the blade really hot for hardening, quench it and then a way to temper it. Tempering can be done in a domestic oven, for hardening you'll need either a forge or a gas torch.
Or you could get someone else to do the ht for you.
23-01-05, 11:22 PM
First thing you need is a couple of good books then your safety equipment.
24-01-05, 12:02 AM
Narsil - I can get roofing propane torches which produce upwards of 1400 degrees C - would this be ok for Heat treating? I presume you'd have to rig a way of heating the torch evenly?.....
24-01-05, 08:16 PM
Yup, you need a chamber for the capturing of the heat & refractory (brick, fibre or castable)
A simple one brick forge is a good start, & you can bind two or more bricks together for a larger chamber (experiment is the way to go, along with asking the one brick guys here)
an example of a one brick forge, courtesy of Jon Baron
An oven thermometer is useful for tempering, and it might not be a bad idea to get a small toaster oven from argos or somewhere to avoid the wrath of SWMBO.
There are quite a few threads on heat treating in the forum archives, a search for heat treating or tempering should get you started.
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