Crafting a custom handmade 80CrV2 steel trench hunting and survival knife requires skill, precision, and attention to detail. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to create one:
Material Selection: Choose 80CrV2 steel for the blade. 80CrV2 is a durable, high-carbon steel known for its toughness and edge retention, making it suitable for both hunting and survival applications. Select handle materials such as hardwood, micarta, or G10, considering durability, grip, and aesthetics.
Design Planning: Sketch out the design of the knife, considering its intended use as a trench, hunting, and survival tool. Incorporate features such as a robust blade with a tanto or drop-point profile, a full tang for strength and stability, and a comfortable handle for extended use.
Blade Forging: Heat the 80CrV2 steel in a forge until it's malleable. Shape it using hammering and grinding techniques to achieve the desired blade profile. Pay attention to the blade's thickness and grind, balancing strength with cutting performance.
Heat Treatment: Heat treat the blade to optimize its hardness and toughness. Heat the blade to a critical temperature and quench it in oil or water to achieve the desired hardness. Temper the blade to relieve internal stresses and improve resilience.
Grinding and Sharpening: Use grinding tools to refine the blade's shape and edge geometry. Sharpen the blade to a razor-sharp edge, ensuring it's capable of cutting, slicing, and piercing tasks.
Handle Crafting: Shape the handle material to fit comfortably in hand, considering ergonomics and grip. Attach the handle scales securely to the tang using epoxy or mechanical fasteners. Ensure the handle is well-balanced and provides a secure grip in various conditions.
Assembly and Finishing: Attach any additional components, such as a guard or pommel, if desired. Sand and polish the handle to a smooth finish, enhancing its aesthetics and comfort. Treat the handle material to protect it from moisture and wear.
Quality Assurance: Conduct a thorough inspection of the knife, checking for any imperfections or irregularities. Test the blade's sharpness, balance, and overall functionality to ensure it meets high standards of craftsmanship.
Optional Customization: Offer customization options such as engraving, etching, or decorative filework to personalize the knife according to the customer's preferences.
Crafting a custom handmade 80CrV2 steel trench hunting and survival knife requires expertise and dedication. The result is a rugged and versatile tool that's ready to tackle the demands of the wilderness, providing reliable performance in various outdoor scenarios.
- Overall length: 15.50".
- Blade length: 10.00".
- Handle length: 5.50".
- Blade width: 2.50"
- Blade thickness: 6mm
- Steel: 80CrV2
- Hardness: 60C Rockwell
- Long-lasting Micarta handle.
- Durable full tang design.
- 80CrV2 steel blade has great edge retention and is easy to sharpen.
- Jumping on back side of blade provides a sure grip.
- Multipurpose blade allows good control for tasks like cutting, skinning and carving.
- Oil coating on blade for durability, corrosion-resistance and reduced friction.
- Durable genuine leather sheath included.