How to Make a Knife Out of Bone

How to Make a Knife Out of BoneLearning to make your own knife out of bone could save your life on your next camping trip or backpacking excursion. You can use it to help cut through heavy brush, hunt, prepare food and cut yourself out of a dangerous situation. You can make a knife out of bone with common items found outside including bone, hardwood and a rock. You also need a piece of rope or twine and a hard surface area to create your knife.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Bone
  • Hardwood
  • Rock
  • Hard surface
  • Rope or wire
  • Hammer
 
Step 1
Choose your piece of hardwood to construct the handle that is approximately the length of your palm. Consider how long you want the knife to be and its intended use. Try rosewood or ebony for durable handle options.
Step 2
Use a hard rock with a sharp edge to chisel the hardwood into the shape of a handle. You can leave it rugged or refine it by rubbing its edges against a hard surface like pavement.
Step 3
Locate a discarded piece of bone in the forest cover. Make a small blade by saving bones from a steak, pork chops or cut of meat from your local supermarket or butcher. Create a larger knife using a leg bone from a deer carcass or large animal.
Step 4
Remove all traces of meat or fat from the bone before working it into a knife. Clean the bone thoroughly with soap and water to avoid infecting your hands with any stray shards or bacteria.
Step 5
Place the bone on a flat, hard surface like a stone table or the pavement.
Step 6
Take a small hammer or rock and strike it against the bone. You want it to break into several pieces to select a pointed splinter for the knife's blade. Skip this step if you're already using a piece of bone that's suitable for a knife blade.
Step 7
Sharpen the bone with a rock or hard surface and carve it into the desired length. Lay your hardwood handle next to the bone to determine the length and shape of your completed knife.
Step 8
Take a thin piece of rope or wire and tie the sharpened bone to your handle. If the bone is thin enough, you can cut a slit into the top of the hardwood and work the bone into the handle. Be careful not to let the handle splinter and break.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Practice making handmade knives before camping or backpacking long distances. Secure the blade tightly to keep it attached to the handle during use.
 
Practice making handmade knives before camping or backpacking long distances.
 
Secure the blade tightly to keep it attached to the handle during use.

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