The wooden templates of the knives

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The wooden templates of the knives coltellimania.comThe wooden templates of the fixed knives

The use of wooden files is one of the things I consider useful for a maker for several reasons.

The template is simply a piece of wood 4-5 mm thick with the shape of the knife you want to make.

Usually the detailed drawing is glued and the contouring is performed giving the shape of the knife.The wooden templates of the knives

The template allows you to get an idea of the proportion and shape of the real knife and has many advantages:

  • It’s quick to model
  • Allows you to evaluate its proportion and shape three-dimensionally
  • Remains the dima to redo the same knife in the future
  • It’s cheap

To cut out of the wood with a sander is something very fast and allows you to immediately evaluate the proportion of the shape you have made with a very low cost compared to the steel and realize that something is wrong and start trying where possible some curve in the hope of gi ving it an aesthetic or functional sense.

I personally believe that it is a very useful method of work and that it helps to better fix the idea of what you want to achieve.

Furthermore, you can number and date the rhyme and keep it in your laboratory in order to make new replicas.

Some makers build the dimes of knives that run several times with cheap steels to use them to draw on the steel bar, this is a possibility that you have to evaluate.

Use plywood or layered wood.

The wooden templates of the collectable knives

The wooden templates of the knives
It is also possible to make wooden jigsaw blades even if I believe that the precision of the mechanisms is not verifiable, but even in this case some fundamental checks can be made and it is better to find out first with a wood prototype than after hours of work on steel but howe ver it is a choice.

The wooden templates of the knives

The wooden templates of the knives coltellimania.comVery useful for studying kinematics on a support surface where checks can be made.The wooden templates of the knives coltellimania.comThe wooden templates of the knives

Today there are also 3D printers that give great possibilities as to create hybrids mixed with plastic and metal to allow fundamental checks that help you save time.

Personally, using the 3D CAD, I don’t have much difficulty verifying the virtual kinematics before making a prototype, but if you don’t have these skills and possibilities then the wooden templates are a method that can help you whether it’s a fixed knife or of a folding knife .

Ps. The key thing like everything is knowing what you are doing

Wooden knives

Perhaps someone inspired by this method has decided to go further by creating working wooden knives for kitchen knives.

Here are some examples:The wooden templates of the knives coltellimania.comThe wooden templates of the knives coltellimania.comThe wooden templates of the knives


My advice is to use this method because it allows you to immediately analyze the quality of the design of the knife you want to build.

In some cases I also use them to understand and study how to do some steps and avoid throwing knives and even if it is not the same thing that doing it on steel allows you to understand what you are doing.

To do it often I wood myself to see what happens! It’s not free but it’s much cheaper than steel bars.


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Andrea F

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