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Making a ‘Toma-chete’ from scrap metal.

September 8, 2012

As a ‘survivalist’ one should always be on the lookout for tips and tricks to be, or at least learn to be, self reliant in as many areas as possible. In my ‘making stuff from junk’ section here, I like to show off what I’ve done (it’s the purpose of a blog, right?), but when I find knowledge from other folks with skills that are useful to us all, I’ll plop down a link to them, no problem.

Here we have a pretty detailed, but short, video of a guy making his own tools / weapons from what could be classified as scrap metal. You will need some basic tools, like saws and files along with time to achieve the results you wanted. I love his home made ‘metal forge’. In the video, he’s quenching his heated blade into oil, which is why it flames up like that. Oil quenching is reportedly the best practice for hardness quality of blades. When you are at the point of quenching the red hot steel, plunge it into the bucket quickly (NO SPLASHING, PLEASE!) to get the desired effect.

His design here is specifically for his ‘Toma-chete’, but the principles are the same for any blade made from scratch. Exact same technique used to make a custom fixed blade knife, just a different shape. You can sketch out your basic shape on your raw material to guide you towards your completed project. Many knife makers stay on the lookout for old leaf spring metal or old lawnmower blades (if there’s enough flat area, considering today’s shaped blades) for use as their material.

Here’s the link: home made tools & weapons

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