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    I have some large Files, Rasps would be more accurate. Why not keep the rasp part that would be under the handle, and figure out a way to have a removable grip/handle......? And what if you could switch the removable handle so that it covered the Blade........? This way one could have a survival Rasp/File/Knife all in one heavy tool.


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    That might be a good project to try. I suppose a few stainless bolts/nuts, or even Chicago screws to secure it would work. Maybe even a small hollowed out space on the insides of the handles to store a couple of things. Hmmmmmmm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crashdive123 View Post
    That might be a good project to try. I suppose a few stainless bolts/nuts, or even Chicago screws to secure it would work. Maybe even a small hollowed out space on the insides of the handles to store a couple of things. Hmmmmmmm.

    I am NOT a knife maker, nor do I want to be.........So figure it out, and I'll send the file/rasp for you to work on, if you want, maybe build something for the "Dept. of Caring" to auction off.

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    Maybe we can get all of the knife makers to do one for a DOC auction.
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    I dont think making it would be terribly hard. Getting the heat treat right might be a challenge though. I would probably work it in its hardened state and then draw the spine of the blade softer after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashdive123 View Post
    Maybe we can get all of the knife makers to do one for a DOC auction.
    Sure! I'm willing to help! Is this a bring your own rasp party?

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    Mind if I just use plain ole O-1?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pocomoonskyeyes View Post
    Mind if I just use plain ole O-1?


    What is O-1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sourdough View Post
    What is O-1
    It's a type of steel. Same stuff that he's been making his first few knives out of.
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    Here's my start on the project. I may end up going with a bigger file - we'll see.

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    Tapered the other end of the file so it would have the same basic dimensions on both ends.

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    This one got a little too hot while grinding - was hoping to not have to heat treat.

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    I'm going to make some micarta and route out the shape of the knife. I'll probably use four screws to hold it in place, but they will be toward one edge, and not on the center of the file. I then plan on fastening the two pieces of micarta and pinning them. If all goes as planned - remove the screws, slide the handle off, slip it onto the other end, tighten screws. It will hopefully be a small utility knife - other end for sharpening an axe or whatever is needed. I'll include a small screwdriver incorporated into the sheath for removing/tightening the screws.
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    For survival the removable handle, needs to be removable with some common tool, like the rim of a cartridge case used as a screwdriver. Maybe wrap the rasp part with fishing cord, and lay flies underneath.

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    Nice start, I like the pictures, easier for me to follow
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    I wonder how large they make files/rasps......?

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    Cool project guys! We have a creative bunch here thats for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sourdough View Post
    I wonder how large they make files/rasps......?
    Not sure how big the largest that you can get are, but here are the biggest ones I have.
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    Looks like 15" X 1 5/8" X 7/32" Thick........??????

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    Good eye. The bottom one is a little thicker, coming in at 1/4"
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    There is a double ended farrier file that is 14" long. It's called a Double Ended Horse Rasp and File (what else?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
    There is a double ended farrier file that is 14" long. It's called a Double Ended Horse Rasp and File (what else?)


    I Had just concluded that those big rasps that I have must NOT in fact be wood working tools. Even though that is what I have used them for. So they must be for horses. I can't get to them, as they are inside a steel connex, with frozen padlocks, and 7' of snow against the doors.

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    Nice start Crash! I've got to dig up an old file that I dont mind donating to the cause! I'm pretty sure I have a few but I might have annealed them already.

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