Making Knives out of Wrenches | Getting Started in Blacksmithing


I picked up a couple of old wrenches at
an estate sale recently and we’re going to turn one of them into a knife.
Today’s video is sponsored by Skillshare. More on them later. This is my new forge. I got it for $200 off of eBay. This runs off of propane
and has two burners, although we’re only going to need one. We’re going to take some of this metal
here and expand it and then do some stock removal to make one end
of this wrench a knife. A skilled blacksmith would be able to do
this without much cutting and grinding, but that’s not the point today. I
just want to get to know my new tools. This is experimental so once
I get that steel expanded, I’m going to grind away most of it.
That’s just how it’s going to be. It’s all about having fun today. Getting to know my new tools
and getting my feet wet. This knife isn’t going to be used
for survival or even use it all. If you are going to blacksmith a
real working knife after shaping, you would have to normalize it, meaning bringing it up to temperature
and letting it air cool three times at three different temperatures. This resets the grain within the
steel and removes all the weak points. Then after that, you have to anneal it because the steel
will be really hard and brittle and could even shatter and annealing means
bringing it back up to temperature and then insulating it and letting
it slowly cool over many hours, making it easier to machine. We’re
going to skip all of that today, right after shaping, we’re going to go
directly into grinding. After grinding, you are then going to harden the steel
by throwing it back into the kiln, bringing it up to a temperature just
above the point where it loses its magnetism and then quickly
cooling it by throwing it in oil. You would then throw it into the
oven to do some final tempering. Different steel alloys require different
treatment. I have no idea what this is, so we’re just going to wing it. Plus every blacksmith and blade Smith
has a different heat treating technique. We’re just going to have some fun.
I don’t even have a proper anvil. This is a piece of railroad
track. His name is Jack. It is a hand me down from my
buddy Joel. Joel. Thank you. I think it’s time to hit the reset
button. I don’t like this design. In my head. I wanted it to
look something like this. It turns out there wasn’t enough metal
or enough skill for me to make that and so I ended up with this
and I’m not feeling it. I think we’re going to go out to the
forge and we’re just going to straighten this out and go dagger style and
then maybe what this other one will make like, a little, a little mini
dagger. Maybe we’ll incorporate the the curve into that. While I am polishing this up, I would like to talk to
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two months of a premium membership. We are just about done. I just need to do a little bit
more final polishing on there, but there they are. I’m not extremely
thrilled with how they look, but that’s not important today
and they’re not crazy sharp. I’m not going to do
the paper cutting test. This was all about learning my
new tools, getting my feet wet, starting to explore blacksmithing. I
did some blacksmithing about a year ago. I took a class at the Toledo art museum
where I made this plant sculpture. The instructor in that class was
extremely helpful and helped me learn new metalworking techniques. So who
knows where this is going to take me, but it just opens the
door to a lot more things. 2020 as I mentioned before, is
all about new things, exploring, expanding, thinking bigger.
So that wraps it up, folks. We’ll see you again real
soon. I don’t know when, I don’t even know what project
we’re doing next. Actually I do. I don’t want to tell anybody
just yet cause it’s silly. Anyways, as always be safe,
have fun, stay passionate, and make something.

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