Ok Weapons and Tactics forum, I have been watching way too much Forged in Fire on the History Channel so I got the wild idea to try and make a few knives. I invested in a few books, some O1 Tool Steel and am on my way to getting started. I'm going to attempt it via stock removal first. This is basically using files, grinders, etc to remove material from the piece of steel until it looks like a knife. Then I have to heat treat it, quench it to harden it and then temper it to make it usable. So here is where I'm at so far. I picked up 3 different books after some research through various bladesmith forums, blacksmith forums, etc. Here are the three: The first one is a breakdown of what you need to get started at a reasonable price. It is very good for describing tools needed and not needed. Good for the budget. Second book is a general knife making one. It seems pretty complex and not well detailed so far. Maybe its just stuff out of my limited skill set that will be useful later. The third book has a progression of projects to develop skills. For my purpose I will be making the first two knives out of my piece of steel. This will be a kitchen paring knife, and an all purpose, full tang knife. I sketched them out on some grid paper and then transferred them to the steel blank. http://imgur.com/knbUrdq So now I need to cut them out and start grinding away. So far my investment in this has been $45 in books from Amazon, and about $75 in buying a 3 foot length of 2.5 inch wide by 1/8 inch thick O1 tool steel(had to buy that size because local metal store didn't have any smaller widths in stock.) We will see how it goes... If it is an abject failure I will post the results so we can all get a laugh. Not sure on how long it will take, I am working when I can in my free time and don't have a bunch of hours to dedicate to it this weekend.