How To Make A Knife (Part 1) – “World’s Best?”

Yes, the rumors are true…

The Facebook messages… the YouTube comments… the Instagram excitement. All true.

It’s happening – I really am making a knife.

Actually, before I continue – here’s a video of the progress so far:

 

That’s the good news.

But, here’s the BAD new about all this:

#1 – This is a knife for me (considerations for what others want is completely out the window on this one – sorry. Actually, I lied. I’m not sorry. :-D).

and

#2 – It’s going to take a while.

Let me expand on the first point:

 

This Is A Knife For ME…

I met with a friend and saw he had a cool little knife on his key-chain. I knew right then I was missing a key-chain knife. I’m not going to put some non-high-end, mass-produced thing on my key-chain …and so I’m forced to make the ultimate key-chain knife.

I’m still figuring out the exact criteria and specification I want for this knife.

What you need to know is that this knife is for me. This is a no-holds-barred, no-compromises made project to design and make a knife that I’ll fit to my key-chain …and it will stay there until the undertakers prise it out of my cold hand when I’m dead!

I’m still at the stage where I’m figuring out the size, shape, design, materials and so on.

And the second point…

 

This is NOT A “Quick and Dirty” Project…

As soon as I started this project I realised something right away:

I know absolutely nothing about knives.

I mean, forget knife-making …I don’t even know anything about knives!

But that’s okay – because three years ago I knew nothing about titanium and now I have titanium screaming-and-begging-me-for-mercy on a daily basis as I design and make the world’s best titanium gear.

The problem is:

I’m now aware there are best steels to use for specific purposes …and best blade designs for specific purposes …and so on. And this means I have to research these options because I have to design and make the best (my obsessive-compulsive personality traits force me to do this).

Long story short…

This is not going to be a “quick and dirty” project.

 

>>> Part 2 >>>
  • This is just the first part. Part two is a lot more interesting (and will be available soon!) – stay tuned…

  • Bob Gelb says:

    YES! It better be GREAT….Blade shape and composition most important next to “lockup mechanism.”

  • Jye smith says:

    Can’t wait!

  • Damon says:

    You should just make the 5 you cut. Keep the one you like and sell the other 4. Shouldn’t be difficult make 5 different sized knives.?

  • Orlando salazar says:

    I am sure this will be an exceptional knife. Blade design and type of steel are critical. Look at Damascus or S30V.

  • Phil says:

    As far as size goes, I’d guess that you will pick size 2 or 3, ( size 1 being the smallest ). I hope locking blades are legal where you are, because that is what I would want. Good luck with the project. I can’t wait to buy one, assuming it’s for sale at a later date. I don’t think you would be so mean to tease us with this and not offer them for sale. 🙂

  • Zach says:

    You know M, you should consider going to some of the knife shows, like BLADE. I think it would help you get some of the info you’re after from the guys who came before, and it may help you get ideas about size, shape, materials, blade style, etc., because there will be more than enough of pretty much all the top of the line blades from all over the world for you to see. May I suggest also that you check into the different makers that are in your area, such as Vox and Anso knives. They are world class makers and customizers such as yourself and I’m sure they would be more than happy to help you get past the process of trial and error, and mistakes that most beginners make when making the jump to knife making. Either way, I think you’re making an awesome decision that you will not regret and enjoy. Good Luck!

  • Ronny says:

    For good knife blades I suggest that you look at what these guys are doing:
    http://www.diamondbladeknives.com/

  • Steve says:

    I am stoked, if this turns out like your other stuff, then sign me up. I would like a larger pry bar then the one that I have now, what are the chances?

  • Bob says:

    Hi Magnus, I collect knives and I am glad you are exploring the idea of making Titanium knives. I also respect your honesty in saying you know nothing about making knives. I have a good friend, Ira Lipson, who has his own, one man, knife producing company aimed at left handed people called South Paw Knives. (southpawknives.com). I told him about you and sent him the link to your blog above. He was unable to open the link but he told me he’d be happy to communicate with you if he could be of any help in getting you started along the right path in knife making. His email is [removed]. He is a guy, like you, who makes the things he wants (left handed knives) that he cannot find anywhere else, to impossibly high standards! Good Luck!

    • Hey Bob, thank you for your comment and putting me in contact with Ira – that’s great, thank you!

      Also, I took note of the email address and then removed it (otherwise the website-scraper/’bots will find his email and his spam may increase …I used to work in I.T.)

  • Robert Ferguson says:

    Magnus, You’re taking on quite a large project in making a knife. I would like to suggest that you contact experts in that field. Here are two links that would help in that regard: Bob Dozier makes some of the best knives on the market, http://dozierknives.com/, and A.G. Russell sells and makes high end knives, http://agrussell.com. I hope you realize that making a knife is not an easy process. You mentioned that your knife will be made out of titanium. I’m not sure if titanium will hold an edge, but you need to find that out before you make one. Remember, function over form. The knife has to fulfill it’s purpose, not just look good.

    • Thank you for the links Robert. And, yes, I’m quickly realising making a knife is not as easy as it looks (well, certainly the way I want to make one).

      • Barry says:

        Interesting article… the idea of making your own knives sounds strange, it just shows how far I’ve (we as a society) have become reliant on shops and what not.

  • Tom Pierce says:

    Looking forward to it!

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