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Neck Knife Tutorial – How It’s Made

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Custom knife maker Walter Sorrells gives a quick look at how knife necks are made in this video tutorial.

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He begins by saying that for those who don’t know their knives, a neck knife is a small knife that generally hangs in a small sheath around your neck. They’re meant to be easy to access, portable, light, simple, while still being functional. He adds that this project is a prototype blade that he will probably be adding to his tactical armory lineup, available on his website.

He explains that in his previous videos, he goes into excruciating detail, but in this, he’s just going to do a general how-to, with some steps being done a bit differently. This is just him going through his own creative process in knife making.

Sorrells begins by drawing some basic knife shapes on paper, doing it intuitively. Then he lays the basic design he has in mind on a piece of S30V stainless steel using a marker. He doesn’t use exact dimensions, saying he’ll use the grinder to do that. He then drills holes for the handle onto the uncut steel, saying it will be easier to do so now than when it has been shaped.

He then takes the piece of steel onto the grinder and is shown cutting the steel according to the rough drawing he made earlier, then polishing off the edges to create a shape. He uses a piece of camouflage micarta for the handle, which he made himself. He cuts out a small piece of micarta with a band saw then flattens it, then drills holes, lining them up properly.

Sorrells smoothens the micarta out and uses locator pins to shape the tang and lay it out. He uses the band saw to shape the handle, then grinds in the bevels on the blade of the knife. The steel is now ready for heat treatment, so he wraps it in a piece of heat-treating foil then heats it at 1950 degrees, and soaks it for half an hour. After it has hardened, the blade goes through two tempering cycles.

He uses an abrasive blaster to make an even finish and uses Epoxy to pin the micarta scales to the handle. He hammers and clamps everything in place to harden then grinds off the excess pins and smoothens the whole knife out on the belt. He adds his logo on the blade and all that’s left to do is to test it out to see how well it does the job – he explains its final design as a conclusion.

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