|The $1.50 Thrift Shop Bargain Knife|
|Thrift Knife with Full Tang|
|Thrift Knife with Good Blade Thickness|
|Final Knife Geometry Drawn on with Permanent Marker|
I started by first drawing the final knife geometry I wanted on the blade, which measured close to 14" in total length originally and would have a blade length of close to 5" when finished and about 10" in overall. I used my bench grinder and also a Dremel Tool with a cut-off disk and a belt sander for finishing to a rough shape and edge.
|Final Bushcraft Knife Geometry|
|Knife Notches for Thumb Purchase and Firesteel Scraper|
Here you can see the final finished grind, ready for putting the diamond sharpener to it. I will then have to finish with a medium and then fine sharpening stone and then possibly some 1000 or 1200 grit sandpaper. Finally finishing the edge with a good stropping. So far the edge I have attained with the diamond sharpener is pretty good, but not the razor sharpness I would like. Stainless is pretty hard and takes some time to get a good edge on it. When it is all done, I will have to try it on some "fuzz" sticks.
I added a series of six notches on the spine near the hilt to give my thumb some frictional purchase when using it for carving and also for scraping my firesteel.
|The "New" Bushcraft Knife and Sheath|
|The Back of the Sheath and Belt Loop|
Here is a look of the back of the sheath where I added the belt loop. This was actually the first part of the sheath that I stitched before going down the sides of the sheath. I used a modified saddle stitch for extra strength. It is doubly reinforced and should last thru years of service.
|Finished Bushcraft Knife in Sheath. Fits Good :-)|
In the very near future I hope to finish a small axe re-furbishing and share that with you. The small axe or hatchet is another good piece to add to your kit. With it and a good knife there is little that can not be accomplished in the wild. Many survival stories of individuals in the wild, credit the possession of a knife and ax as the very things that kept them alive. Consider learning all you can about your cutting tools and how to keep them sharp and how to make them apart of you kit and a part of yourself. Live to learn. Happy exploring.