DIY Easy Knife Making, learn how to create beautiful spine file work the easy way. Most knife makers use a variety of files to slowly carve spine designs. Our method is much faster, easier and for many results in a better end product. Knife file work can enhance the design of almost any knife especially full tang blades.
Check out this easy alternative to spine file work. Metal etching is a great way to add decorative detail to almost any knife making project.
Start by marking the knife spine. Make marks every 1/4 to 1/2 inch. We just used a sharpie marker. Next step uses a dremel grinder with a drum sander or small diameter grinding stone. This is used to grind curved equally spaced notches on both side of the knifes spine.
For straight lines or v notches use a file to add highlights.
The file work may not be appreciated until the knives handle is mounted. Then the detail and design of the file work truly enhance the knifes design.
This knife has brass liners which the spine file work through both liners and blade. It gives a very unique two tone effect.
Check out this short video to see how to enhance your spine metal etching with precision cut vinyl stencils. These custom designed stencils are cut with the silhouette Cameo craft cutting machine.
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Spine File Work & Etching