Handcrafting a Custom Knife

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Custom Knife

Knife making has become a very popular hobby, and all the materials needed to make custom knives to keep or give as gifts can be found at Woodcraft and Japan Woodworker

In handcrafting a knife, the maker adds a personal touch through the selection of the knife blank (blade that comes in a kit) and knife scales (handle blank).

Whether you're looking for a skinner knife, a filet knife or a kitchen knife, the basic instructions are similar. Follow these steps to create your own one-of-a-kind knife. They make awesome gifts, too!

Custom Knife

Stablized and Dyed Spalted Tamarind Knife Scales

The knives pictured here were made using 1″ x 1-1/2″ x 5″ Stablized and Dyed Spalted Tamarind Knife Scales, available in Green, Lime Green, OrangeRed and Yellow.

Making a Custom Knife

STEP 1 - Glue and clamp the handle. 

Shop Knife Blanks

STEP 2 - Rough out the handle.

Shop Knife Scales

STEP 3 - Shape, sand and polish. 

Shop Sanding

There you have it! 

Read this article from Woodcraft Magazine for tips on keeping your knives sharp, as well as a more detailed knife making tutorial. Have fun and go make something!

Just pick your favorite wood or acrylic from our wide selection of knife scales, choose a blank, and create your own truly one-of-a-kind knife. Stop by your local Woodcraft store to find out more! 

We hope you'll be inspired!

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