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Let's see some knives made from repurposed materials

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by Lorien, Sep 9, 2018.

  1. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    I thought it would be cool to have a thread filled with images of knives made with things that once served a purpose other than being a knife, whether it's a railroad spike, an ancient bone tool, some old coin- you get the jist.
    betzner, Hengelo_77 and Logan Pearce like this.
  2. betzner

    betzner Best of the West Platinum Member

    Jan 23, 2007

    "These are made from old, large sawmill blades and heat treated to 60 Rc. Stabilized Missouri Black Walnut for handle
    scales. Tough & cut like crazy!"

  3. Gene Kimmi

    Gene Kimmi KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 8, 2017
    Here's a few out of old files. Two with stabilized maple burl and one with osage orange.


    This one is from an old buzz saw blade and has figured walnut for the handle.

    19-3ben, jux t, VashHash and 12 others like this.
  4. Natlek


    Jun 9, 2015
    This one is from HSS - E / M35 steel / circular saw .............
    This one is from very old Nicholson file , handle is walnut and wrapped carbon fiber over ....

    Another one from file ..................walnut and carbon fiber bolster molded directly on tang ...........

    This one is from high carbon steel circular wood saw ...

    This one is HSS M2 steel from power hacksaw blade ....
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2018
  5. Dawkind

    Dawkind Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    I forged this steel out of some old chainsaw chains I had laying around...

    This out of a Farriers Rasp...

    And this Crooked Skinner from some of a coil-spring from my ‘68 Chevy pick-up...
    19-3ben, VashHash, d762nato and 12 others like this.
  6. Ebbtide


    Aug 20, 1999
    All sorts of reclaimed steel in this "frontier damascus" bowie... ball peen hammer, socket wrenches, leaf spring....
    Handle is even recycled cow(bone)
  7. Logan Pearce

    Logan Pearce Awesome Sauce Smith (A.S.S) Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 21, 2012
    Is it okay if I keep this thread going for a few years? :D


    Pipe wrench knife! I was always told these were called monkey wrenches, apparently I was the monkey. :p


    Wrench tomahawk! For when you really want to throw a wrench in someone's plan. Or in someone? :eek:


    Mower blade! My lawn mower went out, so I decided this would have to take it's place. The lawn has never looked better!


    Train rails! This is actually from the White Pass & Yukon Route railway. In January, they had me make some commemorative knives out of their tracks after their 120th year anniversary. I hear that it is cold up there! I knew it must super cold, because when I got the tracks in they were still freezing.

    Sorry to get off track. ;)
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  8. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    Another rasp, with a bit of reclaimed figured walnut. Pins are some scraps of welding rod.

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  9. Jason Fry

    Jason Fry KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 5, 2008
    Farrier Rasp

    1912 bois d'arc fence post, WW2 practice bombs, wagon wheel wrought iron, and a piece of a FIF Qinglong Ji :)

    Ball peen hammer and 1940's Packard torsion rod

    I could go on, but you get the idea. I have another four knives or so with various historical materials including wood from the grounds at the Texas Capitol, wrought iron from the first railroad rail into Dallas, 1872, ghost town cemetery gate, etc.
  10. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    Van Barnett's work got the idea for this thread going, just love the way he's fused salvage of vintage watch parts with futuristic design. Pretty spectacular stuff

  11. daizee

    daizee KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 30, 2009
    Most of my recycling is files, since I don't forge. Here's one I posted in this sub-forum a couple years ago:
    It lives on my desk for slaying/flaying snailmail.
    Single-side grind with off-side maroon linen scale, file kwaiken:



  12. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Great thread Lorien

    This piece was from an antique axle David pulled out of an old abandoned mine in Alaska

    I love mystery steel :)

    It is one of my favorite swords


    Last edited: Sep 12, 2018
  13. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    Digging the triforce.
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  14. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    Great thread idea! :thumbsup:

    Michael Zieba
    got LOTS of traction with this WWI Trench bayonet / cleaver

  15. Natlek


    Jun 9, 2015
    From HSS circular saw

  16. Don Hanson III

    Don Hanson III KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 3, 2002
    Few more from old saw blade steel. blade2017.jpg
  17. olymon

    olymon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2017
    Huge old lathe cut file. scan of a small old pic.

    Big ole leaf spring of the same time period when I used files only for shaping blades and handles. same poor photo quality
  18. Natlek


    Jun 9, 2015
    1.8mm M42 HSS steel . I have a feeling that will never get dull .............My favourite one in kitchen, and don t rust :)

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  19. Tad Lynch

    Tad Lynch KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 14, 2006
    [​IMG]Farrier's rasp blade, wagon tire collar.

    Handle used to be an oak tree.

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    Last edited: Sep 20, 2018

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