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  1. Any advice on peening tangs? This is some high vanadium spring steel and even though I thought I'd kept the tang soft it's harder than woodpecker lips.  I've got a little acetylene torch I could use to heat it up.. thinking I'd wrap the handle in wet rags and try while it's hot.  I've got the handle glued up using some G-flex. Any advise is greatly appreciated!

  2. I realize there aren't many surviving sheaths to speak of but is there any evidence of wooden cored sheaths wrapped in leather?  I'm working on a commission and I'd like the sheath to be rigid.  I've made several sheaths for seax but this one is longer than anything I've done before.  Wet molded leather stiffens up quite a bit but I still worry about mishandling and stabbing straight through the sheath.  I appreciate your looking at my questions. 

  3. Thank you fellows.  I’ve been going at it with a stone and a dowel wrapped in paper.  It’s slow going but I’ll get there eventually.  It isn’t hardened yet and it’s from a section of coil spring I replaced on my Mustang.

  4. So I’ve ground in a pair on the one side.  I’m sanding and filing as best I can and hoping there’s a better way!  They are meant to dive in together towards the break at the front and I’ll inlay some bronze wire around them.  Any advice on how to clean things up efficiently?  Thanks and happy Independence Day!


  5. @Mr. States.  I apologize for neglecting my descriptions.  So the tang will be through and epoxy/peened over a block.  The handle will be 9” long and I’ve found a rather attractive piece of walnut that I’ll most likely use instead of the bone and oak I sketched up. Im planning to make a ferrule like cap for the front and back of the handle, probably silver.  Thank you for the advice on the “seax files” of which I’ve been a member for a while now and I’ve also picked their brains a bit.  I’ve been sketching ideas for a motif and I’ll post more after I pull the trigger on an idea. 



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  6. So I'm diving head long into creative liberty here but this one is for me.. first knife I've made for myself in over 15 years.  This was "THE" knife that got me into making.  So, 1075 and 22+" blade at this point.  I ran out of propane so I haven't shouldered and drawn the tang out.  I'm still working out the front portion and I'd like some input if you would.  The blade is triagular in section and thickest at the break, tapering to both front and back.  I've been recommended off of the handle construction I've shown here *bleakly*.  Thank you for looking!


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