Profile photo of namelus

one thing i would consider toby is how may knives you need, learning to make a blade using mass removal ie grinding and sanding with some cutting/drilling may be a alternative.

you can get the belt sander and other tools at a garage sale get the steel from leaf springs from a scrap yard.

you can make 10 knives for 150 sell 2 and get your money back. plus it is a good skill to have. lots of you tube videos on how to do it. just takes practice to get good and make busse quality knives. the trick is in the hardening.