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Ahoy folks,

 

Only at the rough fitting and head scratching stage at the moment, but here's number three from me. Again, forged from an old cold chisel with the bevels badly forged in. But forged in nonetheless. It will be fitted with a brass bolster and tang block on Ash but I need suggestions; The tang block should be reduced in size I'm thinking, but do you guys reckon the bolster should be thicker? I have a small thicker brass plate shown in the picture that I could use instead of the current one.

 

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I'm excited about this blade as "touch wood" it's my best heat treatment to date, ( I use the term Best loosely :D) and as such I'm damned well going to try and give it a decent finish. Any and all suggestions welcomed, if that includes "Scrap it and start again" So be it!

 

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Thom

 

 

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Brass is beautiful , the more the merrier . Use the thicker piece for the bolster! Looks great other wise. Thats my opinion for what its worth.

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Use both pieces. Thicker one, darker wood spacer, thinner one, and then the handle. This one is very nice. I like it!

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Use both pieces. Thicker one, darker wood spacer, thinner one, and then the handle. This one is very nice. I like it!

 

Nice one George, I like that idea! Much obliged, and thanks too Ron.

 

Hmm, I have some Yew that might work.....or Walnut.... Time for another head scratch.

 

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Thom

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I like the shape of the wood so far. The swell towards the pommel is visually nice and would be rather comfortable in the hand. Of course, it needs a bit of cleaning up, but I could definitely see it curving in to mate with the brass pommel. It would make for a rather nice bulb end for something of a persian look.

 

The blade has some great lines and I like how they flow smoothly into the handle. The only concern I have would be to better balance the piece with equal amounts of brass fore and aft of the wood. It just looks right to me.

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I too like the shape of the blade. I also agree about making the handle rounded at the pommel end. Great for a third knife. My first 15 or so were UGLY. you are off to a killer start.

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I see no photo :wacko: of the blade or work /

 

Sam

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Thanks Vaughn and Kevin, it's still on the bench (work does tends to get in the way of fun doesn't it?) hopefully I can get back to it soon.

 

Sam.....I don't know what to suggest, :blink: ........if it were me, this'd be the point when I poke the hamster powering the PC to get back on his wheel.....technology is not really my friend.

 

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Thom

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Ok Now I can see them . Yes I would go with a bit more brass or even a Buffalo furl at the bolster, I like the thought of Yew it is very nice when done right (remember to wear your respirator) Yew is very toxic to breath and burns/stings some folks when it hits their skin. a sub/small washer at the pommel will aid when penning the tang over and with the fit & finish .

 

Looking good so far keep up the good work .

 

Sam

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Thanks Sam. I work with Yew quite a bit and either as a result, or just good old tough callused hands, it doesn't give me any skin irritation.

 

I've got the blade ground and near to it's final edge, but it now has a completely different feel to it, (To my eyes at least, I'll get a photo up when I find my camera) and I'm rethinking the whole handle situation..... Currently thinking Yew with some Copper and Fallow Antler that I have.

 

Gotta find my camera.....

 

Regards

 

Thom

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Great start! I really like the shape. George's suggestion using both pieces of brass sounds great. How are you thinking of finishing the pommel end? Not that structure has anything against using a hex nut to screw it all together, but... Peening is just as sturdy and, like Sam said, will go miles for your final fit and finish. Just try to have as small a space as possible between the tang and peening block/washer/whathaveyou. That makes the fit much tighter and easier. Keep up the good work!

 

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Make a washer and recess it slightly, then peen against it. I make my washer out of the same material that I use for my guard or spacers.

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Don't worry, the Hex nut is only temporary.....

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I love the Puukko blade style . Here is a few Ideas about the style handles and shapes I was talking about --

 

http://www.knifeforums.com/forums/showgallery.php?fid/125/

 

there is some very excellent work there and the inspiration for a new batch of Knives I am set to make very soon .

 

Sam

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  • 3 weeks later...

Hi all,

 

There's not been much progress with this I'm afraid. Work and family distractions have meant its still on the bench. However I decided I'd invest in some hardness testing files and when they arrived I gave it a quick go and this blade seems to be coming in around the 55 to 60 side of things..... is that about right or should I be aiming for a little higher?

 

You buy something thinking it'll take some of the guesswork out for you.....and in the end it just makes you ask more questions......Ahhhh life!

 

Regards

 

Thom

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I like my edge around 60 and the spine about 55.

”Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity, and honor!”

 

George Brackett

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