Posted 29 May 2012 - 01:42 AM
Posted 29 May 2012 - 12:19 PM
Posted 29 May 2012 - 01:26 PM
Like I said, I've got them bookmarked, but haven't dealt with them at all. You can usually find a place or two relatively near by, which would probably be cheaper, and you can build a working relationship with them.
Posted 29 May 2012 - 02:12 PM
There's no need to go out and buy metal unless something specific is being asked for. If you're banging out a knife then fully anneal a leaf spring, hack off a length and beat it out. properly heat treated and annealed 5160 (what most leaf springs were made out of) makes a pretty sturdy blade that'll take one hell of a sharp edge and put up with quite a lot of smacking around. The biggest complaint I've heard against using 'scrap' metal for knives or metal work is that it'll rust. Again it's all about the application. You wouldn't use aluminum rings to make a chain that's going to be holding up a chandelier...
By far one of the coolest knives I've made was from a 1" steel cable I snagged from the trash bin near a construction site.
Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:03 AM
Posted 02 June 2012 - 08:49 PM
Look for local smiths and network for tools, materials, and other resources.
Abanna is usualy good for finding a local chapter.
If your intrested in making knives start at the library, knowing material properties will let you make a knife that can work not just a knife shaped piece of steel.
Posted 02 June 2012 - 09:00 PM
You should be able to find three or so through inter library loan.
Posted 09 June 2012 - 08:09 AM
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