Knife Making 101 - Lesson 3...Grinding the shape

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        When laying out your knife design, leave enough on the handle end for a 5" grip. This is the minimum length for most size hands. Put the piece in your hand and see how it feels. Adjust length as needed.

        Now that you have the outline of the knife you want to make scribed into the steel, use a bench grinder with a coarse wheel to grind the steel almost to the desired shape. Wear heavy gloves and eye protection while grinding. Dip the steel into water (put a coffee can on your workbench) occasionally to keep it cool enough to handle. Don't worry about changing the properties of the steel by overheating, we will fix that later when we heat treat the piece.

         Use a belt (80 grit) grinder with a table to finish the shape. Make sure the table on the belt grinder is square (90) with the belt. The edges of the steel should be square and flat for best results.  When you are done with the edges, use the belt grinder to remove any corrosion on the flats of the piece. A uniform finish over the entire piece is the desired end result. Now for Lesson 4 - Grinding the edge

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