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Zach Wade

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  1. Zach Wade

    Cool find

    It's an ancient handmade 5 pound saw doctors twist face hammer for working on circular saws. Might be useful for breaking down large stock and or Damascus. Or maybe it will just be too damn heavy, either way it's kind of cool. We were looking for a part for a machine that hadn't been used in 15 years because the one we use daily broke, well we didn't find it but I did find this In a pile of junk.
  2. Zach Wade

    Flat grind

    Blade is right at inch and an eighth think a 1 inch pipe cap slight off center with the edge an eighth inch over the front would be fine? I think it would look better than having it centered with it over both sides
  3. Zach Wade

    Flat grind

    Keeping in mind that i have decided to take the plunge cut the whole way down the tang
  4. Zach Wade

    Flat grind

    Here's the next question, didn't expect any replies when I got off work but seems you are on the west coast. So won't that run into the same problem with a gap and requiring very careful filing that my original design did? Or do you think that hammering it in that last bit and making the blade squared up as well as the tang should take care of it?
  5. Zach Wade

    Flat grind

    Something like this what you were getting at? Took me a Google search for fox wedge to understand what you were saying but that sounds like it could work well. Do you think drilling the hole for the tang the closest size up from the size of the tang and filling it with epoxy putty to fit would interfere with the wedges? I don't think it should hurt it, all the expansions on the outside from what I saw. Excuse the rough drawing, and that's a beaten copper patina'd pipe cap if you can't tell. Oh and the tang blade intersection is sort of squared, for the shoulders, if you look closely at the two outside lines you might maybe be able to see it.
  6. Zach Wade

    Flat grind

    Ok so first, from the top down. Vern, I realize there is more to designing and making a knife than creating a hamon, and maybe this is foolish but hamons are what originally drew me to the craft and I really want to make at least one knife with a hamon. Although when I finish this one I am seriously considering doing a couple without hamons as the time spent polishing might be better spent on more basic skills. Then coming back to it when I can make a nice knife without one. Gprimmer, no it's not my first shot at this, but I'm still a noob. Only got 2 done and one that still needs to have the furniture finished and attached. Thanks though, this is by far the best of them aside from the apparent design flaw. Steven, That sounds like something that i should probably do no matter how I approach the handle design. Back to Vern, Do you think that wedge design will work with the tang not being Flat? Maybe make the angles on the tang extend to the back of it before wedging? EDIT: then I believe I may have to go to full flat if I try that, hmm I like that idea I'm just not 100% sure how to implement it right now
  7. Zach Wade

    Flat grind

    Thanks guys, that definitely gives me some thinking to do. I don't think I want to take it to a full flat grind at this point. So I'm thinking a stacked all wood handle, maybe layering hickory and walnut, maybe throwing in bit of curly maple instead of the hickory, I dunno. Cut the end off the tang intead of peening over bronze
  8. Zach Wade

    Flat grind

    I believe your right, might have to try a little bit of wooden ornamentation. Gonna be a lot easier. Back to the drawing board for the handle
  9. Zach Wade

    Flat grind

    Now that I think about it more I don't think I will be able to fill in the gap where the tang meets the blade for the guard without brazing, or soldering, well crap Or narrowing the tang a good bit more Now I truly understand the purpose of a ricasso
  10. Zach Wade

    Flat grind

    I guess what I wanted was a saber grind, wrong nomenclature I suppose. Didn't want a full flat grind, was referring to the flat bevel in a saber grind as a flat grind.
  11. Zach Wade

    Flat grind

    Hmm never thought about that. Now that you mention it, it does sound like it's going to be difficult. No going back now, guess I could leave the guard off, I was planning on carving a channel for the tang in a split piece of walnut
  12. Zach Wade

    Flat grind

    Small guard on the front
  13. Zach Wade

    Flat grind

    It started like that because I hadn't found flat yet
  14. Zach Wade

    Flat grind

    Mmm that picture doesn't quite represent where it's at right now. Maybe? It has a single flat bevel right now
  15. Zach Wade

    Flat grind

    Planning on putting a secondary bevel on it, however I could probably sharpen it from the primary bevel but that's probably beyond my skill level
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