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Transform A Steel Bolt Into A Hunting Knife

What if, given the right tools and resources, you can completely transform one thing into a totally different object. This is exactly what Bobby Duke did in his video, he turned a stainless still bolt into a beautiful little hunting knife.

It may be of very little practical use, but it is surely fun to make. And you don’t have to render the services of the likes of Atelier Confectii Metalice to pull this one off. Here is a quick rundown on how you can transform a stainless-steel bolt into a beautiful hunting knife.

Have the proper tools

Firstly, you have to have the right tools and equipment for the job. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Angle grinder or Belt Sander
  • Disk Sander
  • Table iron clamp
  • Circular Saw
  • Blow torch
  • Pliers
  • Anvil
  • Hammer
  • File
  • Hand drill or Drill Press

Steps on carving out a knife from a steel bolt

  1. Secure the bolt onto a table iron clamp, holding it on the thread to free up the head.
  2. Using a circular saw, cut out the protruding parts of the head.
  3. Smoothen out the edges of the recently cut out head with an angle glider or belt sander.
  4. Using a high temperature blow torch, heat up the head part of the bolt to make it malleable. Make sure to use a pliers and hold the bolt on the threaded part for safety.
  5. Once malleable enough, strike it with a hammer on an anvil to transform its cylindrical shape to a rectangular, with 2 flat sides.
  6. Once it has been cooled down, draw out the shape of the knife on and cut it out using a circular saw. Make sure the bolt is tightly secured in a table iron clamp.
  7. Break off the threaded part once the bolt has been cut in to a shape of a knife.
  8. Smoothen down any rough edges using a file or sand paper.
  9. Add a handle using any material of your preference (wood, bone, carbon fiber, etc.)
  10. Add a taper on the blade using a belt sander.
  11. Sharpen the blade with a series of sharpening stones.
  12. Smoothen out rough edges and add final touches