Knife Making Tips


Black and natural canvas Micarta scales. White vinegar patina.

If you haven’t tried to make a knife yet, I would like to strongly encourage you to do so.  It’s an awesome weekend project, or if you’re into fine details, you can take as much time as you like.  I happen to have a knife blank from a file that I never finished in the garage, so I’ll share some tips with you as I go along.  For this post, I’ll assume you either softened your file, or received some steel in the mail.

Dremel Tool – These things are priceless for knife making, leather working, and Kydex working.  For knives, a Dremel will allow you to sand more complex curves if you need to.


Design Tip – For better aesthetics, sand all parts of the blank and try not to leave any natural straight edges of your outline when it comes to the profile.  If you don’t create a little contour, it will look like all you did was sharpen a piece of scrap metal and put a handle on it.  The only exception I can think of is the edge of a Wharncliffe style knife, but I’ve been wrong before.


No patina (top). White vinegar patina (bottom)

Patinas – You can get some etching fluid, mustard, vinegar, or a combination of them for forcing a patina.  Look around on YouTube for all the different patinas you can do.  If you want to get crazy, you can try your hand at painting it with DuraCoat.  I’ll be looking into this in the near future for sure.

Check out or for supplies and tools.  That’s where I get good stuff shipped right to my door.   

Be safe.  Use Wisdom.  God bless.

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