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Ingredients. Damascus W's dagger I forged, desert iron wood and phosphor bronze

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Measuring for tang hole

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Drilled

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Inner diameter ground in.

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Filing hole open to fit

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Drifting into place

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Rotary tool used to create shoulder slots

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Flame bit for the corners.

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Inner diameter polished and ready for profiling.

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Profiled

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Wood drilled from both ends and being rasped to fit.

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spacer drilled and fitted

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threaded rod welded to tang. Be sure to temper the weld so it isn't brittle.

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wood, guard and spacer rough fit.

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Bronze piece for the pommel

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Drilled, tapped and fitted

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Spacer rough shaped

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checking symmetry

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prepping for something different

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All polished up. What is he thinking of??

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Marking to rough grind the handle

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rough grind and fit

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Home made lathe. This works better if you have a round piece

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I wasn't happy with this one so I used my dad's lathe to do it properly.

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Bronze patina i make. 1pt flowers of sulpher and 1 pt bicarbonate of soda. mix and heat in a metal container until melted. mix with water and apply.

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Pieces with patina. Note the new pommel. Much better.

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finishing my special spacer

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all done. superglue in place then grind off the tips.

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The ironwood is beautiful. That spacer had me enthralled as I scrolled down to see what you were doing with it. Outstanding work overall. The blade is a great piece of work too.

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Very surprising and nice spacer ! The ironwood is gorgeous (always a good choice), and I like very much the elegant shape of the handle.

How did you manage to fit the spacer onto the curved guard ?

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Unusual and brilliant idea for the guard. It looked neat with just the holes, and them BAM, it got even cooler!

Ironwood/damascus contrast is alluring, a great combo.

 

John

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Words fail me on this piece . Beautiful blade . Beautiful wood . When you are armed with a rotary tool , a drill , and some sanding equipment ,,, you seem to be your own machine , fabrication , invention shop . love the methods you used , and that spacer , WOW !

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nice dagger. I agree with everyone else, the trick with the rods running through the edge of the bronze material is a nice basis for all sorts of designs. That was a truly inspired idea you had. thanks for documenting so carefully.

kc

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Stu, you keep this up and we may have to give you your own subforum! :lol: Seriously cool, and you tell the story through photos very clearly. B)

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Why are you not pressing the guard in place?

The guard was filed to fit then drifted into place. The spacer was done the same. Each time the hole is slightly too small requiring a few taps with a hammer to make it fit nice and tight.

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Holy crap! This is another great WIP. Stu, you are a machine.

 

As others have said: Great idea with the spacer and the pins!

 

But, also, really great plunge cuts on this one. Getting truly parallel, clean plunge cuts on a dagger isn't as easy as you make it look here. Well done, sir!

 

Broken record, but . . . pinned!

 

--Dave

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Holy crap! This is another great WIP. Stu, you are a machine.

 

As others have said: Great idea with the spacer and the pins!

 

But, also, really great plunge cuts on this one. Getting truly parallel, clean plunge cuts on a dagger isn't as easy as you make it look here. Well done, sir!

 

Broken record, but . . . pinned!

 

--Dave

Thanks Dave. Chalk up 3 pinned topics for Smith Hand Forged Knives. I have another Bowie WIP series I'll be posting in the next week or so. I'll include some phbotos of some simple tricks i use to make my stuff look neat.

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This knife along with the GaiJin Fighter and two other knives gained me membership with the knifemakers Guild of South Africa. The SA Guild is notoriously strict on their applicants and is rated among the highest standards of the worlds knifemaking societies. It is a real privilege and I am really excited about this next step in my Knifemaking career.

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What an accomplishment! Congrats, and may this be another beginning for you and many more years of artistry and craftsmanship!

 

John

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