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  1. Thanx David. I'll probably leave out the habaki (a bit afraid of hard-soldering), but I do plan on carving the sheath and handle, the latter to be fitted with a wooden pin. The wrapping of the handle might end up being flattened paracord in stead of silk. The tang might be a little bit more tapered than on other tanto's, but for the rest I plan on quite traditional looks.
  2. Had another annealed file laying around, so I decided to do one more stock removal knife. The first picture shows a rough profile of the new knife. All work done only using a file and a hacksaw. The second picture shows the roughly shaped file next to my second knife (already finished, and now with a japanese tsukamaki-inspired handle wrap). This new knife is going to be a tanto-ish blade. I plan on doing a shinogi style grind, with a chu-kissaki style tip, and to make a saya and tsuka for it, fixed by a mekugi. The one thing I'm not sure about is making a habaki. Maybe I'll
  3. remember that it's not the heating, but the speed of cooling which determines hardness: quick cooling--> harder, slow cooling --> softer
  4. The trick I use for annealing is to bury the piece of steel in the coal bed of a burning fire, and to leave it there untill the fire has burnt out completely.
  5. Grinding and other shaping activities generate quite a lot of heat which screws up the earlier heat treat and temper. Therefore it seems logical to have to do that again after most shaping is done. If you plan on doing a heat treat later on you might just as well anneal the steal before working on it, makes it quite a bit easier...
  6. Hi All, My first knife was not too good (tried to make from stainless, screwed up HT), but my second one I'm quite proud of. Made by stock removal from an old file (the one I dulled filing stainless....), using only hand tools, except for drilling the two holes in the handle. No Jigs used, mostly filing by hand (and eye) and using grindstones from my lansky-set to smooth the surfaces. HT done in purposebuilt charcoal forge from bricks, quench in sunflower oil. For my next one I hope to start with a bit of forging before I start the filing. video of het treat: 2
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