So I start to make knives in my backyard

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    Gjackson98

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    From another thread of my; inspired by many other forum members. I decided to start making knives in my backyard.
    Although the goal is to start forging on my own, and make a knife from start to finish; To get my feet wet, I decided to make my first knife “without forge” straight from an old file.
    In posts below I will update my steps and will love to accept feedback and suggestions!
     
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    The original file.
    To decrease amount of edge I need to work on for my first attempt, I decided to make a petty out of it.
     
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    Cutting to general shape
     
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    I wanted to achieve a decent amount of tapering but I don’t have any knowledge of how to.

    So I decided to shaping the knife gradually move from the tip to heel, edge to spine; following a pattern:
    Start grinding 3second from the tip of the edge moving the middle, 2 second from the middle of the edge to the heel, 1 second at the heel of the edge, bring the grinder back in 1 motion to reduce low spots. Repeat 3 time

    Start grinding 3 second from the tip of the center moving to middle, 2 second from the middle of the center to heel, 1 second at the heel of the center, bring back in 1 motion to reduce low spots. Repeat 2 time

    Start grinding 3 second from the tip of the spine moving to middle, 2 second from the middle of the spine to heel, 1 second at the heel of the spine, bring back in 1 motion to reduce low spots. Repeat 1 time

    Smooth blade a few time to reduce low spots then start from the beginning.
     
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    The result.
    I am planning on next flatten the blade on station grinder and start forming some edge on the station grinder
     
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    Polishing the blade abit
     
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    Made a unique handle for it
     
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    Did you do anything to keep the blade cool when grinding?
     
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    Yes a bucket of water
     
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