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Repurposed File

Discussion in 'Knives' started by swampratt, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. swampratt

    swampratt Sharpshooter

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    Old files are hard to throw away for me.
    I made this blade some time back and was cleaning the garage and thought I need to go through all my tool box junk drawers.
    I decided to finish this yesterday and made a handle from some oak.

    Pig sticker.
    The file JK on one side and sunflower on the other.
    OAL is 15" and the blade is 9.75"

    Just turning my junk into usable junk.
    file knife sunflower 003.JPG
     
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  2. dlbleak

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    I made a very similar pig sticker from an old file too.
     
  3. Jake Perry

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    Do you have a knife oven? I've tried making knives from files but I think the metal is to hard and brittle. Will not stay sharp. Nice work!
     
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    some files make really good knives. One the knives I carry when I hunt is a Nicholson file. I've skinned a few elk with that one.
     
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  5. Fyrtwuck

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    I don’t have the skills or equipment to do it, but I always liked the idea of a machete from a car leaf spring.
     
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    dlbleak Moderator Staff Member

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    I’ve got a blade from a sod cutter that is pretty stout. Thinking about a brush chopper of some sort
     
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  7. Oklahomabassin

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    Looks nice!
     
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    That's cool Swampratt! I've bought tons of tools (most aren't must haves but I'm a tool junky) in the last few months and my heat treat oven should be here next week. I'll see if I can turn out a decent product or not.
     
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  9. Geri @ Cope's Dist.

    Geri @ Cope's Dist. Sharpshooter

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    That is really nice!
     
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    Nice work swamprat! My dad built a knife from a file while he was in the navy during WWII. Hard to sharpen but it certainly held an edge until I dropped it on some concrete and it broke in half. Too brittle.
     
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