In the spirit of DIY, you can make just about anything on your own even your very own pocket knife. A pocket knife is a handy tool that you can use to defend yourself as well as use for different multi-purpose activities. You may use a knife for different tasks outdoors or in the garden and you can certainly use one at camp. When it comes to personal defense, you need a suitable pocket knife that will provide you with security and safety if the situation calls you to defend yourself.
Going back to the project at hand, you can make your own using simple techniques and very easy to procure materials. How to make a pocket knife of your own may be the question you have on your mind as of this moment. Here are simple steps on how to go about this project:
- You need the following materials to make your DIY pocket knife: a piece of hardened high carbon steel, a metal grinder, a grinder wheel, a yardstick, a thin wood for the pocket knife handle, rubber cement and electrical tape. Don’t forget to use protective clothing like work gloves, an apron and goggles to protect your eyes.
You don’t need to buy all these materials. You may find a piece of hardened steel in scrap metal around the house like a lawn mower blade, a large circular blade or an old metal file. Clean the scrap metal and then dry it up; if it is excessively hard, you may place it in an oven and heat it at 550 degrees Fahrenheit for only an hour. You may need to repeat this for three times so you can temper your steel to the right hardness. Cool the metal slowly in the oven.
- Select the best shank blade profile that you want to make. Study the blade profile accordingly. Be sure to cut your blade using an abrasive saw. Remember to keep your blade cool as you shape it.
- Perfect the profile of your pocket knife blade using a bench grinder. You will need to grind it to an angle of 22 to 25 degrees. This is the best angle to sharpen your knife to perfection.
- With the use of your sanding wheel, finish your blade and make your handle as you want it to be. You may also use a finer sanding wheel to make a satin finish of your blade.
- It is time to attach the handle to your knife with rubber cement. Allow this to dry and then wrap with electrical tape.
You may also use DIY pocket knife kits available online if you want to create a more professional-style knife. These kits will allow you to choose your own blade shape, bolster material, handle material and so many more. Most pocket knife kits are available in a variety of prices.
If you would like to know how to make a pocket knife of your own, there are so many learning materials and kits online. You will be able to create your very own knife in just a few easy steps as long as you have all your materials ready.