Just do it...… if it turns out to be a turd, do it again.....and again and again.
Lotsa folks want to want to make a knife and most of them don't . So just … do it! You'll learn things about yourself you didn't know or forgot.
That being said, Ross used to grind bevels with an angle grinder and did a great job of it! Draw filing a knife does not take a long time providing you have a good file and sturdy workrest.
Keep it simple..... As said above , start with a 10xx series steel or 5160. They are very forgiving in the heat treat and don't work harden much.
And.... ask questions.
A gun will get you thru times of no money better than money will get you thru times of no gun.