View Full Version : how thick should stock be?

08-19-2010, 12:43 AM
hey guys I was curious how thick is the stock you guys use? If you are making hunting/camp/kitchen/utility knife, what thickness would use for those particular knives?

Thanks for the help,


08-19-2010, 01:51 AM
Hi Will,
Different makers use varying size materials .It also depends if you are forging or stock removal . I am a stock removal guy . I will give you sizes that I have had good results with. Hunters and utility knives I usually use .125/.140 thick ,the thin blade with a full flat grind slices good and dosen't have a wedge effect . Camp knife is usually .218/.250 thick for all around use , chopping etc . For a kitchen knife I will use .093 for a slicer also with a full flat grind.
Again, this is what I have found to work for me.


Justin King
08-19-2010, 07:53 AM
I use 1/8" or 3/16" for small to medium size blades and 1/4" for larger. The reason for using 1/4" stock on larger blades is often to concentrate weight on the blade as much as for strength, I like larger knives to be able to chop and 3/16", while strong enough in most cases, sometimes requires a very wide blade to gain the mass I want.

08-19-2010, 09:41 AM
My standard size is 1/8th.

Denny Eller
08-19-2010, 12:20 PM
I like to use 5/32 for EDC's, hunters and skinners, 3/16 for smaller tacticals and 1/4 for large camp knives and tacticals.

08-19-2010, 09:53 PM
thanks guys for the info. TX knife makers has some ATS-34 on sale in 1/8" and I was thinking of buying some.

08-19-2010, 09:55 PM
What type of steel are you wanting to work with? If you want some carbon, come on down and I'll scrounge together enough for a few blades for ya.

Keith Willis
08-20-2010, 03:17 AM
What type of steel are you wanting to work with? If you want some carbon, come on down and I'll scrounge together enough for a few blades for ya.

There is an offer,not to pass on,Good on ya Murph!

If you need some handle material,PM me your address and it's yours.
Most of what I have,was given to me.

God bless,Keith

08-20-2010, 06:59 AM
Boostrap, if you want to come down to Hattiesburg, I'll give you enough material to get you started. I think I have some 1084 and 1095 in 1/8" as well as som 1095 in 3/16". I have some curly maple I'll give you and a bar of brass for guards and some spacer material. The only thing you'll need to order is some epoxy and pin material. I may even know of a place local you can pick that up.

I'll send you a PM with my phone number. Just give me a call if you are interested and we'll figure out a time for you to come get it. Heck, if we have time, we'll go ahead and cut you out a blank or two and get them ready for you to start working on.

08-20-2010, 01:29 PM
Threads like this make me love this place.

Great work folks!


08-20-2010, 07:13 PM
Hey Murph I didn't realize you're from Hattisburg...Its good to see some other makers from MS. I replied to your PM.

I would like to work with a carbon steel, O-1, and a stainless variant like 440C.