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This might just be the first knife ever to used spine etching rather than spine file work. We decided to etch the spine basically because we could not figure out how to file work stars. Check out the finished product. The etched stars truly enhance the them of this DIY knife.
One of the key design elements of this DIY knife project are the metal etched USA eagel and the stars etched on the knifes spine. 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.
DIY Easy Knife Making, learn how to make a knife similar to this USA themed Patriot blade made from a piece of automotive spring steel with red, white and blue Micarta handle. 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.
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.
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
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.
This DIY knife was made from a section of automotive spring steel. The handle was made out of Micarta which is colored paper saturated in fiberglass resin.
DIY Easy Crafts
USA Patriot Themed
Spring Steel Knife
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.
Micarta can be made from colored paper or cloth. We used colored construction paper and laminated it together with fiberglass resin. Unlike traditional micarta we experimented with inlays to create the stars and added additional thickness by laminating separate pieces of micarta onto the but end of the knives handles. Check out this short video which details the entire process.