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I was thinking about trying to build some knife handles, but I would need blades. I know a guy that has a forge that he would sell for purty cheap, but that is an aspect that I don't really want to get into. where would I go about buying the blades?
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I was thinking about trying to build some knife handles, but I would need blades. I know a guy that has a forge that he would sell for purty cheap, but that is an aspect that I don't really want to get into. where would I go about buying the blades?
Try the links in this thread. Lots of options. I think easier to buy from one of the sources in the thread.

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f6/knife-kits-44129/
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I was thinking about trying to build some knife handles, but I would need blades. I know a guy that has a forge that he would sell for purty cheap, but that is an aspect that I don't really want to get into. where would I go about buying the blades?
Hi Tommie - Here's one specialty outlet

http://www.knifekits.com/vcom/index.php?cPath=2

You may also want to check with your favorite wood working supplier, I think I remember seeing some in Woodcraft flyers. Rockler maybe also.

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thanks guys yall are a big help. I don't know of any woodworking store around here without driving a couple of hours, other than the home depot. Which the people look at you funny when you ask for a higher grit of sand paper than 240 lol

attendant - you mean to tell me that sandpaper comes in 400 grit wow that's a big number must be rough with all that sand on there

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thanks guys yall are a big help. I don't know of any woodworking store around here without driving a couple of hours, other than the home depot. Which the people look at you funny when you ask for a higher grit of sand paper than 240 lol

attendant - you mean to tell me that sandpaper comes in 400 grit wow that's a big number must be rough with all that sand on there

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Tommie: What sort of a knife do you want to make?
There's a whole bunch of handy (aka junk) & hard metal just itching for a new home.
Wood carving, fish filleting, hunting, kitchen prep.
Lee Valley (look on line) sell the cutlery rivets and even Haida-style crooked knife blades.
Any horse-shoeing.farrier supply will have hook knives for hoof trimming
Hack saw blades, metal-cutting band saw blades, broken wood/hand saw blades,
The best adze you could ever need is best made from a big truck leaf spring.
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I have done a few from this site. They are not the greatest quality steel, but inexpensive and good variety if you want to mess around. I usually take that mirror shine off them when I sharpen.
http://stores.ebay.com/PremiumKnifeSupply
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I have done a few from this site. They are not the greatest quality steel, but inexpensive and good variety if you want to mess around. I usually take that mirror shine off them when I sharpen.
http://stores.ebay.com/PremiumKnifeSupply
If you buy their higher end Damascus at Premium it is high quality also woodcraft has a selection. The small rosewood handled one is from Premium- very nice piece of steel- the olivewood one is from woodcrafters. They are fun and quick to make.
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I came across this one the other day.

http://thompsonsknives.com/
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Tommie: What sort of a knife do you want to make?
There's a whole bunch of handy (aka junk) & hard metal just itching for a new home.
Wood carving, fish filleting, hunting, kitchen prep.
Lee Valley (look on line) sell the cutlery rivets and even Haida-style crooked knife blades.
Any horse-shoeing.farrier supply will have hook knives for hoof trimming
Hack saw blades, metal-cutting band saw blades, broken wood/hand saw blades,
The best adze you could ever need is best made from a big truck leaf spring.
I was thinking a skinning knife. I'm thinking about getting another red bone and getting into coon hunting again, not positive yet though. I like the looks of buck knives and bowie knives
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If you buy their higher end Damascus at Premium it is high quality also woodcraft has a selection. The small rosewood handled one is from Premium- very nice piece of steel- the olivewood one is from woodcrafters. They are fun and quick to make.
those are nice man hopefully mine turn out that good
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those are nice man hopefully mine turn out that good

Thanks, They are not that hard- Meridian did a build on making knifes over at Woodbarter. The top rosewood was my first. Also premium has the mosaic pins. good luck on knifes and coon hunting!!!!!!!
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As with many things, the term "Damascus" has been a bit diluted these days. The term does not mean the blade is higher quality than a standard forged knife, and it may not mean that it is worth the price that some are asking. A quality knife with multiple layers of different steel hardness can look like a standard knife. The lines are a result of the folding, but are more decorative than anything else.

I am not putting anything or anyone down. Just something to think about.
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As with many things, the term "Damascus" has been a bit diluted these days. The term does not mean the blade is higher quality than a standard forged knife, and it may not mean that it is worth the price that some are asking. A quality knife with multiple layers of different steel hardness can look like a standard knife. The lines are a result of the folding, but are more decorative than anything else.

I am not putting anything or anyone down. Just something to think about.
You are very correct. " Damascus" today often means" them thar purty kullerd metals". The one I posed is great quality and another one who is proven(in performance) and well respected is http://www.alabamadamascussteel.com/servlet/StoreFront
Another one is Ariel.
http://www.aescustomknives.com/
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That being said I only use 2 steels. A2 and 440C......because the heat treat guys here use it as often as beans and rice and get it perfect every single time.
In the states there are tons of good affordable steels. D2,ATS34,154cm and many " exotics" that are hyped and over-rated.
Just pretend they are very very hard wood.
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thanks guys yall are a ginormous help
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I was given an old 10 inch dia HSSS metal cutting saw blade by an old Pattern Maker.

He knew I was interested in wood carving and he told me to cut the saw up into the shape I needed,

I made two knives from them and have enough left over to make ten more. They are as sharp as sharp and the good thing about HSSS you can grind the bevel without worrying too much about the temper.

Then it is on to the water stones and working through the grades. Once you know what sharp is you will not accept any thing less.

I thought I was ok, but to be sure I purchased a carving knife from a highly recommended carving knife maker from your neck of the woods.

Now, I know what sharp is.

Pete

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