Repurposing metal files as bladed weapons....

Discussion in 'Blades' started by chelloveck, Jun 3, 2017.

  1. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

  2. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

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  3. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    I wish I had the knowledge, equipment, and place to do that. I've got a knife made from a railroad spike, the head of the spike is the butt of the knife, the shaft is twisted and the point is flattened and edged. It actually fits nicely in your hand.
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  4. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu RIP 4/19/2018

    Those are beautiful! True art!
    I have a pair of Nicholson farriers rasps from my grandpa's farm! They are huge and very old! I'm talkin big azzed Bowie knives! Interestingly this thread prompted me to some Utubes on grinding knives from files without a forge!
  5. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    I've played with it a bit when I was younger after reading that many of the UDT members started having custom knifes made from files by certain machinist mates on board ship during WWII. My efforts pail in comparison to the above examples. Some really beautiful work.
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  6. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    A bit off topic but,
    20170604_085306. 20170604_085502.
    this pair of spurs was made from a farrier's rasp and are my very favorite pair. Notice the inlay of German Silver in the second photo.
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  7. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Nice work....and the spurs aren't much of a deviation....I don't think I'd like my rugged good looks marred by rowell marks from those spurs. :eek:

    It looks like rasp spurs have a bit of a following. ;)

    Via: Hand Made Rasp Spurs & Horse Shoe Spurs for sale. - Tack and Items For Sale
    Back on topic....


    Via: Examples of Tomahawks...Pics
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  8. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    THAT hawk is cool and would go with my spurs nicely:D
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  9. duane

    duane Monkey+++

    Thank you, more proof that the beauty and usability of most tools is created by the skill of the craftsman and not the materials he may have at hand to use.
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  10. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    I think a bit of imagination and curiosity comes into the equation too; but yes, quite a bit of skill and perseverance is required also.
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  11. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

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  12. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Would that I could, Gator, but having only 20hrs of metal work at year7 high school, and even then barely being able to solder an ashtray satisfactorily, these projects are way beyond my capability, but I am in awe and respect of those who can . I admire the beauty and functionality of artefacts wrought by true artisans, and just wanted to bring them to fellow monkeys who would appreciate the art and skill of the blacksmiths' work. I was not disappointed.
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  13. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    Once things get settled down from opening the shop, this is basically going to be my plan for getting good knife steel. Lot of files pawned in my AO. Gonna go around one morning with a bucket and be stocked up for a long time.
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  14. enloopious

    enloopious Rocket Surgeon

    I'm building a 2 story workshop 12'x12'. I'm putting a foundry, anvil, welding, and other metalworking supplies. Can't wait to get started on making my own knives.
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  15. 7.5mas

    7.5mas Monkey

    IMG_0012 .JPG Got this as Christmas gift from my son a few years ago
    Elk handled Anza
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