Ever had the desire to own a throwing knife but you didn't want to hand over a load of cash? Well here's how. This is a very fast project with and is very rewarding. There's nothing like sending a knife 12 feet across a room thudding into a target.
Steel (i just mild steel from the hardware store)
Bench Belt Sander ( A file works too)
Pencil,Sharpie, Pen, Soapstone (any)
Clamps, vice, etc.
Step 1: Design and Plan
First you need to come up how you want it to look.
i went with a very simplistic shape but the possibilities are endless. i recommend nothing to far stay in your skill level. A symmetrical knife is better but not required. FYI larger knife are much easier to throw trust me!
You can make a cardboard template but i just marked right on the steel. i used a piece of soapstone because it stays on even with heat.
Step 2: Rough Shaping
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Now is when it starts to take shape.
Secure the steel in a vice or on a surface with a clamp.
With an angle grinder and a cut off disc I cut the knife section off from the larger piece. i then cut both sides of the blade, followed by a few cuts on the handle to round it off.
Following this is grinding on the belt grinder. this can also be done with a file but if so you will want to get the cuts closer to the final shape with the angle grinder. a grinding disc can be used as well. Use whichever way you do to get the final profile of the blade. after this comes the blade bevel.
Step 3: Grinding the Bevels
When it comes to a throwing knife you most definitely do not want sharp edges. The only priority of a throwing knife is to be pointy. Because of this i dont even make a bevel down the whole portion of my throwing knives. I only grind the bevel for about the top inch of the knife.
Continuing on this i do emphasis finishing the sides however. I like to sand the sides down until it is even and smooth.
Step 4: Finishing the knife
At this point it is all finish work.
I sand the whole thing with a worn 220 grit piece on an orbital sander but this can be done without it as well. make sure to sand the bevels as well. i also made radiused cuts on each side to make it look better and to divide the handle from the blade
there are many other finishing possibilities such as
- Holes drills in handles
- paracord wrapped handles
the only reason i am not putting on a wooden and is because it has excess stress form throwing and i want to destroy a work of art. Do not throw finished knives you dont want to damage . i threw that knife like 5 times and the handle split away from the steel. dont do it.
Step 5: Now as For Throwing
well...theres a little issue here. i havent quite figured this part out.i have only a basic understanding and the biggest thing is pratice. at this point i will urge you the best direction i know. check out this instructable
and later i will post an instrutable on how to make that target
Well happy crafting and throwing-BC