[3 Key Facts] Is It Hard to Make Your Own Knife? (Knife Knowledge)
A knife is simply a blade that attaches to a handle. There are many types of knives available, each designed for a specific task. Consider what you want your knife’s purpose to do in the long -term before you decide on which knife you will make. It’s always a good idea to test out different knives, such as a kitchen knife, a bowie or a combat knife. Understanding the different functions and features of a knife will help you choose the right blade for your needs.
It’s important to understand the anatomy of your knife before you begin. This will allow you to be familiar with the terminology used by knifemakers. There are many types of knives, but this article will focus on the standard fixed-blade knife.
Sharp edge/cutting edges: This is the part of the knife that can be cut. Tip – This is the tip of your knife blade.
Heel: The part of the blade closest to the bolster.
Spine: This is the back of your blade or the blunt edge. It gives your knife strength and stability.
Tang: This is the direct extension of the blade that will attach to the handle.
Bevel: This is the part of the blade that has been ground to make the cutting edge.
Handle: This is the part that can be grasped with your knife. Fasteners– Screws used to attach the handle to the blade’s edge. Scales– A portion of the handle that attaches to the blade.
Butt/Pommel: The handle’s end section.
Guard/Quillon: These are the pieces between the blade and the handle that prevent the wielder from sliding to the sharp edge.
Bolster: This is the thicker part of the blade that acts as the transition between blade and handle.
Ricasso: Ricasso is the unsharpened blade’s body that runs from the tang to its tip.
Rope/Cable hole: An area around the knife e’s butt where you can attach a rope or cable.
Types of Blades
Different types of knives have different blade shapes. Each blade is suited to a particular task and has different edges. When designing the blade you desire, it is important to understand the differences between the types of blades.
Drop point blades are the most commonly used type in survival and hunting knives. Its spine slopes towards the tip from the handle. This is why it’s called a “drop-point” blade. Because the spine extends fully from its base to its tip, the blade is strong and durable. Because of its shape, this blade is ideal for skinning. This knife is excellent for carving meat.
Clip point is another common type of blade. This blade appears to have a section of the tip “clipped” which makes the tip thinner and sharper. It is ideal for stabbing. This has the downside that the edge is weaker and more susceptible to breaking if it is not used correctly. The spearpoint blade type is more suitable for self-defense than your everyday use knife. Two symmetrical sides of the spearpoint join at the middle to create a strong tip that is similar to a spear.
You can sharpen one or both of the edges, which is great if you need it to penetrate something. This knife can make meat carving and detail more difficult. It may be more beneficial to use your drop-point blades than your spearpoint depending on the circumstances. Tanto point knives, which are well-rounded utility knives, are great for survival and fighting. Tanto points are made with a strong spine that drops a little, creating a sharp tip.
Tanto knives were originally designed to stab armor and close quarters combat. Tanto point knives are also useful for general purposes.
The tip of sheepsfoot blades has a sharply curved shape that connects to its long sharp edge. The blunt blade is not the best type of blade for general use. However, it prevents accidental stabbing or piercing while you cut. These blades were originally used for hoof trimming, but they are now well-known during rescue operations.
Once you are familiar with the basics of knife types, it is now possible to decide which type of knife you want to make. Although it is everyone’s goal to make the perfect knife possible, this is not possible. Every blade is different and each situation will have its pros and cons.
Although most knives can be multipurposed, some knives are better at certain jobs than others. Think about what kind of knife you would use in a particular situation. What if you could create a kitchen knife? Would you prefer a knife that is both useful and durable? First, identify the characteristics of the blade that you would like to use and which ones you don’t. You will need to identify the features that match the design of the knife you want to make.
Different Types of Tangs
As mentioned, tang is the part of the blade connecting to the handle. Tangs are a feature of fixed blade knives that provide strength and stability. The type of knife you are making will determine the tang.
A full tang knife extends the handle’s length and diameter by attaching scales on any side of the tang with adhesive or pins. As seen on survival knives and kitchen knives, the tang is your handle. Partial tangs tend to be weaker than full tangs. Partial tangs can be lighter than full tangs due to the lower amount of steel in the blade. A partial tang can be described as a push-tang. This is made by removing the steel from the blade and creating a sectioned edge. The end is then pushed into a handle, secured with adhesives. Partial tangs can also wear out or become detached from the handle’s blade over time.
Hidden tangs are another type of partial tang. They can be as long or shorter than the handle. Hidden tangs can be attached using a screw or a pommel at the knife’s butt. Hidden tangs don’t use pins. That’s why they are called “hidden.”
Skeletonized tangs are used to reduce the weight of light knives. This allows the handle to retain its full shape and helps keep it lighter. These holes can then be left bare or covered with a strong rope, cord or other survival materials.