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File work on a Hunting or Bush knife. Uses and some Knife History

Updated on May 1, 2011
File work on the spine of a custom knife that will serve as a thumb stop.
File work on the spine of a custom knife that will serve as a thumb stop.

What is file work on a knife?


If your new to knives or never owned a custom knife, file work might be something that your not aware of or never even heard of.

Simply put, on a custom knife many makers will hand work a design at the spine of the knife for aesthetic purposes but many like myself also like to do a file work design that not only looks good but serves a purpose.

For example. File work on the spine of a skinning knife, hunting knife and so on will also aid (help) your thumb from sliding forward on the spine of the knife when processing game or when your hand is wet.


A Little Knife history: File work was also done on a knife going back as far as the 17th and 18th century maybe even longer. This was also referred to as jimping by some and still is by many today. I have even seen original knives with hammer forged cross dings on the spine of a blade to act as a thumb rest of sorts.

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      GNelson 5 years ago from Florida

      I have tried file work. Not as easy as it looks.

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      mlesniewski 5 years ago from Upstate NY

      G Nelson..It takes some practice..make sure you clamp your blade in a solid vise first..thanks again.

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