I came across a very well done Instructable the other day, in which the contributor makes a Woodlore-style knife from an old file, using simple tools and virtually no specialized equipment. The knifemaking bug has been starting to call to me, and the L.T. Wright GNS that I tested has shown me that the Woodlore is a great pattern to use. For a first time knife project, the simple shape and scandi-grind should keep the complication level down.
As modern files are typically case-hardened, it is important that the file be an old one to ensure the steel is good enough for use as a knife blade. If you want to try something like this yourself, here is a list of materials that are used in this DIY project.
From Instructables.com, From File to Knife (with simple tools)
-Piece of hardwood
-Two-part epoxy adhesive
-Forge (something to burn the coal in)
-Scriber, permanent marker
After annealing the file using nothing but a bed of coals and an air pump as a blower, casvandegoor is able to cut out the shape with a hacksaw, and clean up the shape/grind the bevel with another bastard file.
After heat treating and tempering, he fashions bolsters for the knife out of the same file he has been working from.
Next he roughs out a handle from a solid piece of hardwood.
After everything gets epoxied together, the handle shape is refined and any tang still sticking out of the end of the bolster is trimmed. With some proper sharpening and Danish oil for the handle, casvandegoor winds up with a rather handsome little blade.
Any of you getting ideas? For more great photos and a full step-by-step, be sure to read the whole Instructable.