Hi! I’m The Redsmith, I’m a maker.
For two years now, I’ve been listening to the “Making it podcast”
hosted by Bob Clagett, David Piccuito and Jimmy DiResta. These three awesome makers have given me inspiration to make more and make better things.
December 3rd, 2016, they gathered a lot of Makers to celebrate the 100th episode of the podcast. I wasn’t there, so, this build is a way for me to thank them. I made three marking knives : one for Bob, one for David and one for Jimmy using different hard woods for the scales.
A marking knife is a must have tool for any woodworker or carpenter.
You can buy a marking knife for cheap now, but why not try to make one ?
I made a full tutorial video that you can watch here :
Let’s get started !
For this build, you will need :
The first step is to measure the steel and cut it.
I decided I wanted to make a small marking knife, so I started by using my calipers to mark a 3 cm (1.2 inch) width. Don’t mark your line to deep with your calipers or the line will be difficult to make disappear.
You can also use a ruler and a black sharpie pen. The most important thing is to get a straight line for you to cut.
You can also free hand your cuts using a angle grinder or a hand metal saw. Use the tools you have, you can refine the shape of your blade later.
If you decide to make two or more knives at once, follow the next step.
If you’re making just one, you can skip this one.
Now, let’s heat treat the blade.
As said previously, I used XC75 High carbon steel because that’s what I can easily find in my country.
XC 75 contains 0.75% Carbon, 0.55% Manganese and 0.30% SIlicon. It is mainly used to make blades, chisels and cutting tools. So it’s perfect for making marking knives. But your need to choose your steel carefully and check the factory specifications. If your heattreating fails, your steel / knife can become too brutal, break and hurt you or someone you care about or work with. So, be sure to know how the heat treating should be done before you do it.
Now, it’s time to make the scales of your blade. You have many options here but I recommand hard wood. You an easily find it, it’s cheap and forgiving materials, specially if it’s your first knife. But you can also use bone, horn, mikarta, stabilized wood, etc… For my three knives, I use three different woods : mahogany, wenge and buna (japanese beech).
And you are done !
A little leather ring will enables you to hang your knife to the wall and not scratch the blade or blunt the edges.
You can customize it the way you want: choose different shape, wood, leather, length and width.
Here is the full tutorial video :
I tried to make this Instructable as clear and easy as possible if
you have any questions or requests for clarification don’t hesitate to comment.
I hope you liked it and if so please vote and like, share and watch the videos.
See you soon for my next Instructable!
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