Handmade Knife and How to do Metal Etching
When i was a kid, I remember how my grandpa made a lot of knives. Even though they weren’t visually attractive, they were razor sharp, and served good for a long time.
Some years later I started going to art school, to drawing and metalworking. I was making rings, bracelets, and many other things, but my dream was to make a knife. So I made my first knife, it was good for a twelve-year old, but now it seems quite bad.
Some time has passed since then, I’m not a professional, I know that some of my methods are wrong, but despite that, I have learned a lot.
- angle grinder
- FeCl for etching
- wood burning tool
- deer antler
Step 1: Blade
The main problem was, that I dont have a forge, so I had to make the blade from a steel plate.
Unfortunately I didn’t take pictures of starting materials, however I simply cut out the blade.
After that I started sharpening it.
Step 2: Blade Etching
Next thing I did, was blade etching.
First of all, I put duct tape on blade.
Then I started drawing the pattern and after that I cut it out. I drew latvian national tracery.
Then I covered the blade with nail polish, and took of the duct tape.
Then I put the blade into the iron chloride(FeCl3), and after taking it out, removed the nail polish.
Step 3: Putting All Together
First I made the piece that connects blade and hilt (don’t know how it’s called)
Then I drilled a hole in the hilt.
After that I put it all together.
Then, using knife, I started carving a deer on the hilt.
When that was done, I glued all together using epoxy glue.
Step 4: Sheath Making
I cut out the pattern, put it on leather and cut it out too.
Then I knocked out holes in the leather and put in studs.
Step 5: Leather Sheath
I liked the sheath, but knew that it needs something more, so I decided to burn in some kind of pattern.
I drew the pattern on the sheath, and started burning it using wood burning tool.
Step 6: Completion of the Knife
The last thing I had to do, was to add a piece of redwood at the end of hilt.
I sawed a piece of redwood, added some epoxy, and glued it to the knife.
When it was holding hard, I took off unnecessary wood using files and sandpaper
Currently, this knife is my favourite, overall I was making the knife for three or more months (I worked only at weekends).