You don't need to spend a lot to have
a throwing knife. Twenty dollars and two hours will buy the basement-workbench
craftsman a throwing weapon of substantial utility. This project doesn't really
require a workbench, either.
Living in an apartment, I do most of my handiwork out on my
landlady's driveway or patio. Impromptu working conditions will more than
suffice for the purposes of this endeavor.
Step #1: Purchase a large,
hunting bowie (see photograph #1) from the Smoky Mountain Knife Works
(http://www.smkwknife.com/), the Sportsman's Guide
(http://www.sportsmansguide.com/catalog/), the Edge Company
(http://www.edgeco.com/cgi-bin/catalog) or from any number of other cutlery
catalogs available. These bowies distinguish themselves in two ways. One, they
cost less than twenty dollars per item. Two, they're produced in Pakistan
(hence the price).
#2: Remove the bowie's scales, pins and hand guard, and mill, cut or file off
the knife's pommel notch (see photograph #2).
Step #3: At this point,
you have two choices. For all intents and purposes, the knife is finished. You
can wrap electrical tape around the handle area and begin throwing or, to
produce an item that is both functional AND pleasing:
Purchase one or two pieces of quarter-inch sole leather from a shoe-repair
2. Purchase some rivets--or other, similar fastening devices--from
a hardware store.
3. Trace the shape of the knife's tang onto the rough
side of one of the leather pieces. Do this once for each side of the knife.
4. Cut, whittle, grind and sand the leather down to
the tang's outline.
5. Using the existing rivet holes in the knife's tang
as a guide, drill matching holes in the shaped leather pieces.
the leather pieces to the knife with the rivets you purchased.
7. Dye the
leather handle scales...should you feel so inclined. The final result should
resemble mine (see photograph #3).
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