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Aaron Roth
09-17-2009, 02:59 PM
I am new to the forum and I have been trying to find some help on getting started making my own utility and skinning knives. Can anyone suggest som good videos that can explain the process of taking bar stock and turning into a nice looking skinning knife? What about tools and equipment? Any help would be great. Thanks

ironarmknives
09-17-2009, 03:49 PM
I am new to the forum and I have been trying to find some help on getting started making my own utility and skinning knives. Can anyone suggest som good videos that can explain the process of taking bar stock and turning into a nice looking skinning knife? What about tools and equipment? Any help would be great. Thanks

the best thing you could do is read every forum on knives and get the book the 50.00 knife reading the forums will tell you every thing you need to know trust me. read them all look in the search and ask your ? it will come up
good luck
Clint "ironarmknives"

Les George
09-17-2009, 03:52 PM
Aint much you can't learn off youtube.... :)

Chris Martin
09-18-2009, 07:11 AM
Great advice, thats what I did. Martin Olexey referred me to Wayne Goddards book over a year ago, then started reading the forums.

You will be amazed at how much help will come from your new family. Just dig in, read, ask questions and you will get plenty of answers!!2thumbs

Best to you!!

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the best thing you could do is read every forum on knives and get the book the 50.00 knife reading the forums will tell you every thing you need to know trust me. read them all look in the search and ask your ? it will come up
good luck
Clint "ironarmknives"

mack1
09-18-2009, 07:45 AM
The only bad/stupid questions are the ones ya don't ask.

In the Knifemaking Family, you'll find that most are more than willing to pass their knowledge along freely.
Probably in the hopes of keeping the Craft alive in this day & age. 2thumbs

Aaron Roth
09-18-2009, 10:57 AM
Thanks to all!!

JAWilliams
09-18-2009, 10:41 PM
Remember that mistakes are made quickley. Slow down and just take your time.

Frank Niro
10-04-2009, 03:37 PM
Like many new activities the getting started can be expensive. There are many who recommend starting with hand files. I did a lot of hand filing at one time, but not much was carried over to the knife making when it came to sizing and shaping blades and handles. I tried all sorts of power stuff to remove the material not needed and even on several occassions material that should have been left. I eventually managed to get a few dollars together to seperately buy a reasonable but not expensive metal cutting band saw for metal and wood use, that still is in use and a 2" X 72" belt grinder that is aso in use with another I cloned. My wife who is a super gal bought me a good drill press. These three tools are in my mind absolutely needed in the process of what I call making knives. If one or two are all you want to do then the filling may be the way for you, but realize this is such a tedious effort that after barely getting started, you will want to quit.I also warn people, yes warn them that even with the big equipment I have suggested, you will end up making many before ending up with something that will be okay. How many? For a lot of us 40 - 50 might(?) do it. There are a lot of good steels and handle materials to get involved in. I, like most makers recommend for blades,to start with wooden strips or mild steel which is easy to purchase. Almost any hard wood can be used to make a good handle. A piece of a rake handle can work very well but only if you aren't going to use that rake again or unless you are a midget, in which case it's something you should have done long ago.
If you are good at "hands on skills" the work will proceed but still usually not very quickly. Remember I said 40- 50. So you are not good at hands on work? So what? If this is what you want to do you will be immediately involved and isn't that what you wanted?
Besides the books for materials the knife making supply books can be excellent sources for information and the people operating these stores most often have knowledge to give you. This "spot" will probably be one of the best. The websites are super great and I know because I started back the in the "olden days" when they weren't available
And now I actually hope the action will start with peole saying you can do it this way or that and don't need the stuff I recommend. This is super since there are so many ways can work. As we go along there are so many arguments about this or that over this or that. In the end it all ends up by saying it's not how you do it or what you use but how good it is finished? Frank

ChipI.
10-04-2009, 05:23 PM
If you read this article it will help you get started . Alot of work? Yes. but the outcome is well worth it
http://www.knife-making-supplies.net/cheap-knife-tutorial.html

Good luck