Making a Kitchen Knife

Published Tuesday, December 29, 2020 by Bryan

I once watched a YouTube video about making a knife. Since then, YouTube has recommended more knife-making videos to me than I can remember. This is probably why, when faced with the question of what to make for this year's family gift exchange, I suddenly thought, "I could try making a knife!"

I traced the profile of one of my favorite knives onto an old table saw blade, following in the footsteps of many a 'tuber before me, and set to work.

In the course of a couple of weeks, I learned a few things:

A hacksaw will cut this sort of steel easier than a Dremel, but you don't get to film the cool sparks.

Iron filings can be efficiently collected with a saran-wrapped magnet.

Tape and super glue are a great way to hold workpieces securely where fingers can't go safely.

And at the end of it, I have two knives I'm quite happy with.

If you would like to fall down the rabbit-hole of hobbyist knife makers, I can also offer you a brand new starting point: my own story of making these knives.


Categories: Woodworking