I have been sent a buch of PM's asking questions about how somebody would go about making their own knife. Here is how I make a knife from a table saw blade.
I went through my stash of saw blades. I don’t have a shortage of them. I use the ones without carbide teeth so I know the whole blade is made of hard steel.
This is going to be a drop point skinner blade out of a .08 think 10 inch circular saw blade. A file told me it was good and hard
I used the Dremmel tool to cut the knife out of the saw blade.
With a little grinding and polishing, it cleans up well.
To add a little bit of style to the knife, I used a round chainsaw file on the backbone of the blade. I didn’t go very deep.
I then used gun bluing on the file work and then polished away everything but what was in the grooves. I think it adds a nice touch to the look of the blade.
In order to drill the pin holes, I needed to soften the steel. I used a MAP gas tourch and slowly heated the tang.
Then I drilled the holes.
I cleaned up the blade again and added the bevel.
At this point you can either put a handle on the knife or heat threat it to get the knife even harder than it already is. If the steel is already good and hard, I may leave it alone. On some knives I will heat treat. The most common question I have been getting is "How to you hold the wood to the handle of the knife. I use 2 part epoxy. Use the slowest cure (12 hour) that you can find at any hardware store.
I like to use exotic woods or antler for the handles. This wood is called bloodwood.