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Showcase of Homemade Knives

DIY Knifemaking

2003

Ray Jardine

Homemade Knives page 1 of 17

Knifemaking is one of my hobbies. I find it most enjoyable. Making a knife gets me away from the daily distractions, and affords a bit of personal space and time to think. But most of all, I love making beautiful knives, fashioning them in various creative ways, and using them in the wilds - for preparing food, cleaning fish, making shavings for starting the campfire, carving wooden components for the bow drill method of primitive firemaking, for whittling, cutting basketry materials, and innumerable other uses around camp. These knives would also be indispensable in a survival situation.

Pictured below are some of the knives I have fitted with handles. All handles are made of dead wood that we collected in the wilds. In the background is a shirt I made of buckskin. We are not hunters, but we buy raw skins or sometimes they are given to us. Either way, we brain-tan them ourselves. With such garments we feel we are remembering and honoring the animals.


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