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Homemade Hunting Knives: How to Make Your Own Hunting Knife

Updated on January 28, 2013

Introduction to Homemade Hunting Knives

Knives come in many different sizes and shapes and have many different purposes. Hunting knives are a mainstay for all hunters. They can be made from stone or metal, as some of the sharpest knives in the world were made from obsidian or similar razor sharp stones. Handles can be made many different ways, as well. The reasons for making your own hunting knives can be many, from losing your best one to getting into wilderness survival, to for some reason finding yourself short a knife when tracking down that trophy buck while deer hunting. Hopefully this hub will serve you by acting as a high quality step by step instructional article helping you learn how to make your own hunting knife.

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Gathering Materials to Make a Homemade Kinfe

Your first step is to gather material for a blade. The blade material is important, as you don't want it to bend or break when you hit something hard. Several suggestions are used saw blades and used files. Used material is recommended as a cost saving, recycling idea. You also want a material that will hold an edge. You want to also make sure that your material is heat treated or annealed to ensure a long life of the metal. After you've found your material, you must shape the blade.

Designing Your Blade

Designing the blade tends to be a time consuming process, unless you already have an idea. You should make the shape out of a piece of cardboard or poster board first. After you've decided on the shape and size for you, you are ready to actually cut out the blade using a band saw or a cutting torch. Using the steel that you've picked out for your material, trace your pattern and cut it out.  There other ways to do this, but this is the simplest and easiest way to do so.

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Design the Knife Handle

Designing the handle gives you a few different options as well. Two common types are the slab and the one-piece handle. A slab handle is two pieces that sandwich the shank of the knife between them and is usually fastened together with screws or sometimes glued. A one-piece handle is exactly as the name implies, one piece in which the shank of the knife goes into.

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Sharpen and File Your Homemade Knife

Once these steps are completed, you are ready to finish your knife. Shaping and filing and sharpening of the blade and polishing as well as finishing of the handle. A handle made of wood can be sanded smooth and stained, varnished or painted to your preference. A plastic handle, which is more difficult to form at home, is usually left with the option only of trimming excess plastic and smoothing the finish.

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    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      It was an interesting read but I can't see myself doing it. Yet, you never know.

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      SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Wow, I never thought I would ever make a knife. It seems so impossible. Now, thanks to you, it does not seem impossible any longer.

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      ocbill 6 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      Good instruction as you may need it with us invading animal territories of coyotes, mountain lions, bear and building subdivisions nearby.

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