Gary Mulkey Posted June 6, 2017 Share Posted June 6, 2017 Since I recently decided to flute the handle of my most recent dagger and I thought that some might enjoy the process. As I am self taught in this so my technique may vary from others but hopefully this will give you an idea of how I go about it. A traditional dagger hilt is to carve twisted flutes into it along with some twisted silver wire inlayed to separate the flutes. In this hilt, I chose to give it eight flutes each having a 360 degree twist. [The number of flutes and the amount of twist is a matter of taste. I have used as low as four flutes each having a 180 degree twist up to eight flutes each with a full 360 degree twist as with this one.] My first move is to cut equidistant slots in each end of the handle; the number matching the amount of flutes to be given to the handle. These are just deep enough to match the diameter of the twisted wire inlay. Then a grid is drawn out on the handle with pencil. First connect the slots on each end of the handle with straight lines. Next draw equally spaced lines around the handle perpendicular to the others. The number will determine the amount of twist to the flutes. Since I wanted 360 degree flutes with this one, I drew eight grid lines (matching the number of flutes). I then drew diagonal lines going corner-to-corner on each square of the grid with pencil and cut a kerf on each line with a fine toothed hacksaw blade. [The kerf should be as deep as the diameter of the inlayed wire.] These can be cleaned up with checkering or riffler files. Once you have the inlay kerfs cut, carve (or file) half round grooves between the kerfs with a tapered rattail file. (It's important to use a tapered file as the grooves will need to be different widths (unless your handle is perfectly cylindrical). The next step is to twist the silver wire. This is done easily with any hand held drill and a vice. Once twisted, super glue strands of the wire into each inlay slot while wrapping both ends around the end of the handle and into the tang cavity of the handle. I hope that this helps show how the fluting can be done. I'm sure that there are other methods to accomplish the same outcome but this one works for me. 3 Gary ABS,CKCA,ABKA,KGA Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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