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Let's see some knives made from repurposed materials

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by Lorien, Sep 9, 2018.

  1. ten-six


    Mar 11, 2017
    This is the second knife I made (I'm only to 6 or 7 total). It's a higonokami made from a copper water pipe, file, and brass rod. I knew going into this idea that the steel may not properly harden by heating past non-magnetic, holding and quenching and it most certainly did not. I also knew that my father would proudly display it on a shelf next to his other nic-nacs and not care or even know.


    Here's what I did with the leftover pipe and some 2ga wire.
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2018
  2. KillerGriller


    Sep 4, 2018
    Ok, these aren't knives...yet?

    These two busticated wrenches were included with a bunch of old hand tools I bought. I was thinking of trying the knifewrench idea with them since they were already broken, just for fun/experience. Unfortunately, they don't have that nice box end to them, is worth the effort to knife-ify them?

    I think the top one may be Chrome-Moly but I'm not sure....:rolleyes:


    Any other suggestions for them?
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2018
  3. Tad Lynch

    Tad Lynch KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 14, 2006
    Paul, checked my other sq file....no name brand. I've found the old ones will cooperate with clay quenching...they behave similar to w1.

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  4. Johnyknifebug


    Nov 2, 2018
    Hey guys check this guy out he shows you how to make a knife out of a spanner
  5. coldsteelburns


    Aug 2, 2010

    Thanks, Tad, I appreciate ya checking. I remember quite a few years back when I first got into knife making (and was on a serious hunt for any old/used files) how 'worried' I was about only using brand name files that were old and/or USA-made, out of fear for anything else possibly being case hardened. I've come to find that pretty much every file that I've ever spark tested has been some sort of high carbon steel, whether it was new or old, well known brands little known brands or no markings at all. Even the cheap Harbor Freight files from India that I've tested have been decent, at least with regard to their carbon content. When I spark tested I'd always check the surface, the core, the tang, and even quench/break test the end of the tang, and I honestly can't say I've ever found a mild steel/case-hardened file.

    Anyway, I just thought that was interesting after reading about the need to check to make sure one wasn't using a case hardened file, or at least that's the impression I was left with. I still have small pile of files that need some forging, one of them is a huge Disston waiting to be forged into something cool. Unfortunately I have a few others from when I first started that are ruined due to me throwing them in a camp fire overnight to anneal :rolleyes:
    They got a bit too hot and without anything to protect the surface from oxygen.

    My Youtube Channel
    ... (It's been a few years since my last upload)
  6. Joe Edson

    Joe Edson

    Aug 4, 2014
    A good customer approached me a couple years back to repurpose a railcar spring into some heirlooms for him and his father to celebrate his fathers retirement from Illinois Central.

    Spring was I think between the cars or something (seemed rather small...), but was told it indeed came from a railcar at his work.

    Made a liner lock, straight razor and little kitchen knife from the entire spring. Was a lot more work than anticipated...


    Chronicled the entire build here if interested in more detailed photos and steps
  7. Logan Pearce

    Logan Pearce Awesome Sauce Smith (A.S.S) Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 21, 2012
    Jack Daniel's barrel hoops for the damascus on these two:



    I've been working with both Jack Daniel and Jim Beam to do kitchen knives and some other stuff for the two companies. Of different degrees. This is one of the versions of Jack Daniel's kitchen knives that is 100% their material and quenched in Jack as well. I always love adding a little danger to my work!


    aannnnnnddddd some chains! That I will have to remake since I sucked it up on them. lol! :D Ah well. There is at least one design in these that I will keep, which is the knife. The others I have redesigned and will be working on soon. :)

    Chain Axe! Or something~


    Chain cleaver!!




    Chain knife? Sure. Why not?!


    Pay no attention to how terrible that axe would feel when you hit something. ;)

    Science! :D
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  8. Rose and Thistle Custom

    Rose and Thistle Custom Josh Mead Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 9, 2018
    Ok, I'm gonna have to make something just so I can put it in this thread! Love the creativity.
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  9. Daado

    Daado KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 5, 2015
    Working on this one.
    Hellcat Nessmuk, WW2 M18 "Hellcat" ball bearing forged into blade.


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