Cheap Hacking Knife to Fine Rigging Knife

Hacking Knife Conversion

Check out Knotting and Tools Supplies for where to buy the hacking knife

How to Make Your Own Rigging Knife

OK a slight exaggeration of the heading there, as you will not need to make a rigging knife from scratch! I have always wanted a fixed blade rigging kife, but I am so tight, I just did not want to pay a lot of money for a knife. In this short blog post I will explain how I found a really cheap knife and made it into my rigging knife.

Cheap Hacking Knife

I often trawl the net for interesting items and one day a search lead me to look at hacking knives. Now a hacking knife is from what I understand, a heavy duty knife that can be struck with a hammer. It is made from a single piece of high carbon steel (hefty tang also) with a tempered blade for a long lasting edge. The handle of the hacking knife is covered with two bits of leather scales (this is really useful for the project). So all in all, you get a really durable knife for your money!

So I ordered the hacking knife and eagerly awaited it’s arrival. When I arrived, I was very pleased with firstly how cheap the actual knife was and secondly, how robust and sturdy it felt. A word of caution, the hacking knife is damn sharp!!!

Hacking Knife Conversion

The first thing I did was to hold the knife and get a feel for how it would feel in my hand with some rope work wrapping it. I imagined that as it currently was, it would be a little too bulky to hold comfortably. So with a kitchen knife (well I did not want to damage one of my knotting knives) I started shaving and rounding the leather around the handle. I kept going till it felt a little too narrow in my hand.

The knife scales are held on with three rivets, so I removed the bottom one so that I could attach a lanyard. This was easily done by drilling out the rivet.

Half Hitching a Decorative Handle

My next step was to get some nice fine cordage and start half hitching the handle. (Half Hitching Tutorial at bottom of page). In my case I started by doing a standard spiral hitch and then a little further down decided to do some vertical or rib hitching (Rib Hitching Tutorial) Just to give it more of a personal touch.

I then reverted back to spiral hitching for the rest of the handle. However, before covering all of the knife, I inserted some tarred line to act as a loop for my lanyard. I then continued to half hitch to the very end, covering the lanyard where it went into the rivet hole.

Decorative Rigging Knife

I think for my first attempt at converting a hacking knife into a rigging knife, I now have a rather fine example of a rigging knife to be proud of. Perhaps the next one and few more tools, I may produce something even better?

Check out Knotting and Tools Supplies for where to buy the hacking knife

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