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first homemade knife

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Plastikosmd, Mar 3, 2019.

  1. Brin

    Brin Member

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    That is a good start on your first handmade knife. A power hammer would be nice to have for working with pattern welded Damascus billets but they are expensive. A 2x72 belt sander would be more useful If you or just getting in to making knives. If you have the ability to build your own equipment, you can save a ton of money. The Kinyon style air hammer is a joy to use and not too difficult to build if you have some stick welding and steel fabrication ability. Here is a link that you may find helpful if you ever decide to build an air hammer. https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/8879-kinyon-style-air-hammer/
     
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  2. hso

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    Tire hammers work surprisingly well also.
     
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  3. Valkman

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    I'd get a 2" x 72" grinder first with variable speed. That makes all the difference in finishing a knife. My first grinder was a full-speed-all-the-time cheapy and man it's hard to do anything but rough grind on those. I think they run $3k and up, but I found a barely used Bader B3 for $1850 so I got a deal at the time. Damn I wish I still had it.
     
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  4. Plastikosmd

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    Thx all for the advice
    It is much appreciated

    The hammer is a small one, 16kg, brand new and i sorta walked into the deal. I agree a 2x72 would be more useful atm but timing is everything
    That will be next
     
  5. Valkman

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    Well if you got a deal then good for you, just keep an eye out for a grinder. I want to see what you make!
     
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