Knives are among the oldest and most basic tools that exist, and while it’s easy enough to pick one up from a store, being able to make one is a useful and rewarding skill to master – and for anyone who wants to learn, here are 17 plans for a DIY knife that show you how to do it.
Table of Contents
- 1. How to Make a Knife
- 2. Knifemaking: Nakiri Japanese Knife DIY
- 3. Knifemaking with Basic Tools
- 4. Making a Simple DIY Knife from a File No Forge Needed
- 5. Knifemaking 101 – Read This Before You Make a Knife
- 6. How to Make a Kitchen Knife Using Basic DIY Tools
- 7. How to Make a Hunting Knife
- 8. Knifemaking – Hunting Knife
- 9. How to Make a Knife Step by Step – Homemade Knives
- 10. DIY Cheese Knives
- 11. Make a Custom Knife from Scratch
- 12. How to Make a Survival Knife Using Just the Stuff in Your Garage
- 13. How to Make a Knife from a Saw Blade
- 14. DIY Super Simple Bushcraft Knife
- 15. How to Make a Knife from an Old Saw Blade
- 16. Ulu Knife Made from Saw Blade DIY
- 17. Survival Weapons: DIY Knives for Off-Grid Survival
- Lots of ways to make a DIY knife
1. How to Make a Knife
If you’re interested in getting into knifemaking, this site is a great place to start. It provides an informative overview of the topic, explaining options like making knives from scratch or using a knife-making kit. It also gives you advice about which materials to use before going on to explain how to do it, so this an invaluable resource for anybody who is thinking of having a go at making a knife themselves.
2. Knifemaking: Nakiri Japanese Knife DIY
Nakiri knives are typical Japanese-style vegetable knives, and this tutorial teaches you how to make a knife inspired by the Japanese originals. As the YouTuber explains, it isn’t a true nakiri since it is intended as a more general-purpose knife, which is why he made it thicker than the traditional style. However, it’s a fascinating project to watch, and if you have the necessary skills and equipment, making one could be a fun challenge to attempt.
3. Knifemaking with Basic Tools
Whenever we need a plan for just about any DIY project, the Instructables site is always one of the first places we look – and with this plan for making a DIY knife, we weren’t disappointed. As it tells you, it’s easy enough to buy a beautiful knife that won’t cost a fortune, but where’s the fun in that? Making one yourself is far more rewarding, and this plan includes clear instructions and plenty of useful photos to help you do just that.
4. Making a Simple DIY Knife from a File No Forge Needed
There are lots of ways of making DIY knives, and some of them require advanced equipment like a forge. However, since most people won’t have access to that kind of thing, here’s a simpler plan for making a knife from a file – without the need for anything more than a bench grinder. It’s such a simple idea, but you can see from the knife he creates that it’s highly effective. It also looks like a lot of fun, so why not see if you can do something similar?
5. Knifemaking 101 – Read This Before You Make a Knife
Before jumping in and attempting to make your first knife, there’s a lot to learn about the art and craft of producing these functional yet beautiful tools. If you are looking for a detailed introduction to the techniques and theory of knifemaking, this blog post is essential reading. It goes into great detail about everything you need to know before you begin, ensuring you have all the knowledge you need to start producing attractive knives of your own.
6. How to Make a Kitchen Knife Using Basic DIY Tools
If you want to have a go at making your own knife using nothing but a few inexpensive materials and some basic tools, this is a plan that’s sure to interest you. In it, this skilled YouTuber demonstrates how he crafted a kitchen knife in his workshop – and as you can see at the end, the result is stunning. What’s more, this is something lots of people will be able to recreate at home, so why not check it out and see if you think you can manage something similar?
7. How to Make a Hunting Knife
This is a detailed plan for making your own hand-crafted hunting knife, and it contains a wealth of information about every aspect of the process, from selecting the steel and designing the blade right through to completing the project. Lovingly-crafted knives are works of art – and can also sell for lots of money – so if this is an art you want to try your hand at, this is a plan that will give you the guidance you need.
8. Knifemaking – Hunting Knife
If you’re the kind of person who prefers a demonstration of how to do something rather than a detailed explanation, this is a video that should appeal. In it, we watch as this skilled craftsman makes a hunting knife, beginning with a drawing on a piece of paper and finishing with the completed item. It’s fascinating to watch talented people at work because we can always learn so much from them – and as you get to see at the end, the knife he makes looks amazing.
9. How to Make a Knife Step by Step – Homemade Knives
Knifemaking is an extremely rewarding hobby, but for beginners, knowing what to do for the best results can be difficult. For people facing this problem, this tutorial for basic knifemaking is a great resource since it gives you all the information you need to get started. Furthermore, there’s also a section of tips that will help improve your skills, making this a must-read plan for anyone looking to start making their own knives.
10. DIY Cheese Knives
Here’s a different kind of plan – this time, for making cheese knives. We love the way these knives look, and they would be a great idea for a thoughtful gift for any cheese-lover you know. Alternatively, making beautiful cheese knives for yourself and using them whenever you entertain guests could also be extremely rewarding, and if that’s an idea that appeals, check out the plan to see how you can do it!
11. Make a Custom Knife from Scratch
As you can read in the introduction, this video tutorial shows you how to make a custom knife using a few basic materials that are easily obtainable at any hardware store. It’s a fun video to watch and something that most people will be able to copy. And if you have any doubts about the quality of a homemade knife, watch to the end – because he demonstrates how sharp it is by using it to shave the hairs from his leg!
12. How to Make a Survival Knife Using Just the Stuff in Your Garage
If civilization suddenly collapses, the world comes to an end or you otherwise unexpectedly find yourself in a survival situation, having access to a good knife will be extremely important to your survival. However, if you can’t lay your hands on one immediately, it’s also possible to fashion one from stuff you probably have in your garage – and this is a plan that explains everything you need to know to do it.
13. How to Make a Knife from a Saw Blade
Here’s a novel idea for making a knife – rather than build it from scratch, this video tutorial teaches you how to fashion a functional blade from an old circular saw. You won’t need a forge or any other advanced equipment, and you can complete this project using just basic tools that most self-respecting DIYers probably already own. We think this is a great way to recycle old saw blades rather than just throwing them out, and if you agree, watch the video to learn how it’s done.
14. DIY Super Simple Bushcraft Knife
Here’s a fun video that we enjoyed watching a lot. In it, this Youtuber shows us the process of making a bushcraft knife from start to finish, going from a drawing on a piece of paper right through to the beautiful finished item. This video gets straight to the point – as it mentions in the introduction, there’s no music, just knifemaking. And if that’s the kind of thing you appreciate, this is a video you’re going to enjoy.
15. How to Make a Knife from an Old Saw Blade
Like the video in #13, this is another plan that shows you how to make a knife from a circular saw blade. It’s well-written and easy to follow, and it also includes a list of everything you’ll need to complete it. So if you’re looking for a fun yet challenging DIY project to have a go at, this one could be just what you need.
16. Ulu Knife Made from Saw Blade DIY
What we love about this video is that the knife he makes is different from those in just about any other plan we’ve seen. The knife in question is an ulu knife, and this YouTuber makes it from an old saw blade. He claims to not know anything about knifemaking or blacksmithing – which means if he can do it, you can too. So if you want a knife like this, check out how he did it – and then maybe have a go at doing something similar.
17. Survival Weapons: DIY Knives for Off-Grid Survival
For anyone worried about surviving in a post-apocalyptic world beyond the collapse of civilization, this blog entry is for you. In it, you’ll find all the information for making the most basic type of survival knife known to man – one made of flint. This could be an interesting plan to attempt just for fun, but if we suddenly find ourselves thrown back to the stone age, this kind of knowledge could be the difference between life and death. So make sure you check it out before that happens!
Lots of ways to make a DIY knife
As you can see, there are lots of ways to make DIY knives using a range of materials. We enjoyed collecting these plans for you so we hope you’ve enjoyed reading and watching them too – and above all, we hope we’ve helped you find the tutorial you needed for making a DIY knife of your own.