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One of the key design elements of this DIY knife project are the metal etched flames. These flames are created with a 12 volt automotive battery charger, salt water and a cut-out stencil. Check out the above posted short video which details everything you have to know to metal etch flames.
After the handle pin holes are drilled its time to harden and temper the blade. Check out this short video which describes both easy processes.
We used a disc grinder with a cut off wheel to cut out the outline of the knife. Then used a flap sanding wheel and a belt sander to finish shaping and beveling the edge
Blacksmith Jason Northgard heated the brass and hammered it flat. We then let the steel cool slowly which annealed it making it softer and easier to work with.
Once the blade is shaped, beveled and polished and before heat treating its time to drill holes for the pins. Check out this short video which shows how to sharpen and keep using your old drill bits.
DIY Easy Knife Making, learn how to make a knife similar to this Flame themed blade made from a piece of automotive spring steel and a log from the firewood pile. Check out our short video to see exactly how easy this knife was to make. We have also posted links to several other short videos that will show you how to make the handles, etch steel harden and sharpen the blade.
DIY Easy Crafts
Firewood & Flames
Spring Steel Knife
This DIY knife was made from a section of automotive spring steel and a piece of wood cut from the firewood pile.
Tempering the blade in over 375 degrees for 3 hours and then let it cool overnight with the oven door closed.
We cut a section of wood from a piece of firewood. The wood turned out to be maple and had a very cool design. We did have to preserve and stabilize these handles or scales. Check out this short video which details the entire process.