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"In English, for example, we speak of young sheep as lambs, young deer as fawns, and so on, often with several synonyms for each. Crees can merely add the diminutive 'little' to the regular noun. A baby hare, leveret, or tiny bunny is in Cree merely wapoosoos or little rabbit."

-At Home in the Woods

 

This project has been in the works for some time. Much of the work was done this past winter, around the same time that my sister's rabbit faced a rather untimely end. So I decided to name it "Wapoosoos", which is Cree for "little rabbit" as a tribute. I am rather proud of the results, and it was funny lining it up with my first sword, which was also a messer, and seeing how far I've come in a year. :blink:

 

My main gripe with it is that I have no idea what kind of steel it is... It was cut from a quarter-inch sheet of steel that was used as a loading ramp for forklifts in warehouses. They needed a lot of flexibility to handle the 10-ton forklifts plus their loads, and the steel ate up cutting disks and drill bits in ways that leaf springs could only dream of! So I figured it was some sort of high-carbon steel and let it be at that. However before I finished this up I decided to file-test the heat-treated edge and found the file biting into it. I spark tested a scrap piece and it looked almost like mild if not quite. D'oh! I'm still not sure if the steel is mild and the sheet was just work-hardened or if it's still high-carbon and I just tempered it a bit too much...

 

Anyway, enough of my talk and on with the process pictures!

 

I had one of the beginning stock, but it was deleted somewhere along the line, so here is the blade forged and the profile touched up quick:

 

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After rough-grinding with an angle-grinder, the blade is edge-quenched. I'm digging the line it made B)

 

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Tempered to a nice yellow-brown:

 

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Here's the guard cut out and starting to be shaped with an angle-grinder:

 

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Next the slot for the tang is drilled and filed:

 

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The recesses to fit the ricasso are drilled:

 

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Almost there:

 

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There we go:

 

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Checking fit:

 

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In-process profile shot:

 

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Guard is further shaped with an angle-grinder:

 

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And then cleaned up/flattened with the belt grinder and files:

 

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The result:

 

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Holes drilled:

 

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Time for some mock-up. I'm using a burl button from out in the woods for the "pommel" and the rest of the handle is jobillo. For pins I'm using non-galvanized nails with the ends cut off. It works fine so I'm not worried about finding a less backyard way of doing it. ;)

 

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Time for filework! I just got into filework and this is really the first presentation blade I've done any on. I chose a vine pattern to complement the woodsy feel.

 

The files I used. A small triangular file, a chainsaw file, and a round file. I use the triangular file to start every cut. If I'm doing a round recess I use the triangular cut as a guide for the chainsaw file since they can skip around, then I go in and expand it with the round file for bigger cuts.

 

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Almost there (side view):

 

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Slabs are rough-shaped, so it's time for some more mock-up!

 

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You can see how the pattern continues onto the blade slightly:

 

<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/InpiTsV3OpG5b4On4V-YGl6734KMihGjiJKreTgdMc8?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-D3qee9YsueI/UBiIsjr8iHI/AAAAAAAAAwQ/eLWD8rhdTK8/s640/100_0633.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/AJChalifoux/Wapoosoos?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIea76W42rugrQE&feat=embedwebsite">Wapoosoos</a></td></tr></table>

 

Everything's epoxied and the blade is ground flush. I also forgot to mention I did another pin through the guard to keep it from wobbling...

 

<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/-Apsk1HEaylgR-X-5CmMwl6734KMihGjiJKreTgdMc8?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-mgxSMI14bN4/UBiIxp674YI/AAAAAAAAAxU/qGB3oVzSWxs/s640/100_0639.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/AJChalifoux/Wapoosoos?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIea76W42rugrQE&feat=embedwebsite">Wapoosoos</a></td></tr></table>

 

<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/TQlwMQf91Bf28k4okTHNUF6734KMihGjiJKreTgdMc8?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-MVZ3ccenDo8/UBiIzEp5w8I/AAAAAAAAAxk/5a0oTGlDGZ4/s640/100_0642.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/AJChalifoux/Wapoosoos?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIea76W42rugrQE&feat=embedwebsite">Wapoosoos</a></td></tr></table>

 

<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/hvmj4K-NWKycOU-7XAMa7V6734KMihGjiJKreTgdMc8?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-kVMTPEM0jEw/UBiI1egoRaI/AAAAAAAAAx0/Lyp1YCWaamE/s640/100_0646.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/AJChalifoux/Wapoosoos?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIea76W42rugrQE&feat=embedwebsite">Wapoosoos</a></td></tr></table>

 

And the finished product is in the next post.

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Done!

 

First, some specs:

 

Overall length: 21.5 inches (54.6cm)

Blade length: 16 inches (40.6cm)

Clip point: 4 inches (10.16cm) from tip

Blade width: 2 1/32 inches (5.16cm)

Blade width at ricasso: 1.5 inches (3.8cm)

Guard width: 5 inches (12.7cm)

Blade thickness at hilt: 0.18 inches (0.457cm)

Blade thickness at clip point: 0.125 inches (0.3175cm)

Blade thickness at tip: 0.075 inches (0.19cm)

Point of balance: 3 inches (7.62cm)

Center of percussion: 12.5 inches (31.75cm) from guard -just a hair after the clip point

Center of rotation: 9.25 inches (23.495cm) from guard

Weight: TBD

 

<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/KShIecBTUgj_LEwZMd-ISl6734KMihGjiJKreTgdMc8?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-3okHCOaagiY/UBiI4vp7GSI/AAAAAAAAAyM/gonf9uLnw0Q/s640/100_0656.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/AJChalifoux/Wapoosoos?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIea76W42rugrQE&feat=embedwebsite">Wapoosoos</a></td></tr></table>

 

<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/gGJd_Y5rHaTWaIx_1AdCbV6734KMihGjiJKreTgdMc8?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-GWgyvMdA7Ew/UBiI6ovE9qI/AAAAAAAAAyo/neRNhKI1ylQ/s640/100_0667.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/AJChalifoux/Wapoosoos?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIea76W42rugrQE&feat=embedwebsite">Wapoosoos</a></td></tr></table>

 

<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/XhSO5WCmCe7sK2GFYs42SV6734KMihGjiJKreTgdMc8?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-FYJrxbUtCwA/UBiI8V41rJI/AAAAAAAAAzU/UXUS7u7sQ64/s640/100_0676.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/AJChalifoux/Wapoosoos?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIea76W42rugrQE&feat=embedwebsite">Wapoosoos</a></td></tr></table>

 

<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/H0ri-Yrq-VwJhUFwjk2-Xl6734KMihGjiJKreTgdMc8?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-mxGSV_lYv5g/UBiI9DiyH7I/AAAAAAAAAzk/xFpfdR2bxBg/s640/100_0678.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/AJChalifoux/Wapoosoos?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIea76W42rugrQE&feat=embedwebsite">Wapoosoos</a></td></tr></table>

 

<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/VIiybArGV58scAsnjKO7LF6734KMihGjiJKreTgdMc8?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-VeNziIQtTD4/UBiI7AzqdKI/AAAAAAAAAy8/FrE3ZFqV8Uw/s640/100_0669.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/AJChalifoux/Wapoosoos?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIea76W42rugrQE&feat=embedwebsite">Wapoosoos</a></td></tr></table>

 

<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/to0t9n0HJCpaFKlgzv6RoV6734KMihGjiJKreTgdMc8?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-CXWzy1esRKA/UBiI7u6aXLI/AAAAAAAAAzE/SPjYPNkUy-Y/s640/100_0672.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/AJChalifoux/Wapoosoos?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIea76W42rugrQE&feat=embedwebsite">Wapoosoos</a></td></tr></table>

 

Then some images where I messed around with the saturation on the camera. The hilt isn't really that color but other than that these do a better job of showing how the blade looks in person, plus they ended up coming out better:

 

<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/f8_fwfIPnuE77GefiGOcTY0tlAyeW61LQFkwLgbxnZc?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-5tHWxzqcv0s/UBiQWywdQ8I/AAAAAAAAA04/NNqPIukWHTc/s640/100_0650.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/AJChalifoux/20120731?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCInQxfW22s-3fA&feat=embedwebsite">2012-07-31</a></td></tr></table>

 

<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/sR9QIRQJ40Q7DkxmDmt3go0tlAyeW61LQFkwLgbxnZc?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-_T_x2dikaTs/UBiQOdyWryI/AAAAAAAAA0o/W3brCf3Z2O0/s640/100_0647.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/AJChalifoux/20120731?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCInQxfW22s-3fA&feat=embedwebsite">2012-07-31</a></td></tr></table>

 

<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/UpUC_l7KCGNxqXajHBjYGo0tlAyeW61LQFkwLgbxnZc?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-0CROPzJmvP0/UBiQf6hSrvI/AAAAAAAAA1Y/mrjggtXhC5o/s640/100_0663.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/AJChalifoux/20120731?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCInQxfW22s-3fA&feat=embedwebsite">2012-07-31</a></td></tr></table>

 

And finally one of the new next to the old:

 

<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/ahS8adM_PfL7zhmejFIKvF6734KMihGjiJKreTgdMc8?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-6PfgVql83Fo/UBiI_hLAbBI/AAAAAAAAA0E/ntfJsjeL0o4/s640/100_0682.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/AJChalifoux/Wapoosoos?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIea76W42rugrQE&feat=embedwebsite">Wapoosoos</a></td></tr></table>

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