As some of you may already know, I am not one to shy away from a project if I dont have the most effective tools for the job. Also, I think it may be interesting to go through the exercise of seeing what I can do with more basic tools. Well, today is no different and a new project has begun.
Tools I don’t have:
I got 3 flat bars of 1095 from Amazon. Some knife company is selling them. 12"x1.5"x0.187"
Instead of starting with a large/long knife I decided to make 2 smaller knives out of one of those bars. The idea is to have short tangs that would still give me about 4.5" of blade.
Thought about drilling a few holes and then using the hacksaw to cut the slot. Realized that the hacksaw I have now doesnt allow for 90° blade rotation. So I decided to drill a bunch of holes, then cut the webbing between using a riffler file, then used a free hacksaw blade (pull method with saw blade handheld) to finish cutting the webbing.
Then it was time to cut the blanks apart from the edge to the slot running down the bar.
Huge issue - the edges where these bars were cut are super hard. Even files don’t bite. So I had to use a diamond file to cut notches and then using a hacksaw finish the cuts.
I know what you may be thinking… why didn’t I use rotary tools, my mill, etc. The answer is in the original intro of this post.
Tools used so far:
Riffler file (could have been avoided if I still had a hacksaw where the blade could be turned 90° to frame)
Diamond file (could have been avoided if better steel selection was made)