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2nd & 3rd knife: Stock removal from old files using hand tools


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Hi All, 

My first knife was not too good (tried to make from stainless, screwed up HT), but my second one I'm quite proud of.

Made by stock removal from an old file (the one I dulled filing stainless....), using only hand tools, except for drilling the two holes in the handle.


No Jigs used, mostly filing by hand (and eye) and using grindstones from my lansky-set to smooth the surfaces. HT done in purposebuilt charcoal forge from bricks, quench in sunflower oil.

For my next one I hope to start with a bit of forging before I start the filing.

video of het treat: 22222625_1617613648262066_7814047959703617536_n.mp4



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  • Jasper changed the title to 2nd & 3rd knife: Stock removal from old file using hand tools

Had another annealed file laying around, so I decided to do one more stock removal knife. The first picture shows a rough profile of the new knife. All work done only using a file and a hacksaw. The second picture shows the roughly shaped file next to my second knife (already finished, and now with a japanese tsukamaki-inspired handle wrap).



This new knife is going to be a tanto-ish blade. I plan on doing a shinogi style grind, with a chu-kissaki style tip, and to make a saya and tsuka for it, fixed by a mekugi. The one thing I'm not sure about is making a habaki. Maybe I'll just leave a ricasso area, and make a copper ended tsuka to meet up with the blade.






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  • Jasper changed the title to 2nd & 3rd knife: Stock removal from old files using hand tools

Looks good. I havent worked with any old files yet. Its all been 5160 plate stock. You seem to have a good eye for form. Thats probably the most important thing along with a good heat treat. Im also working in stock removal but hope to get into some forging in the future. Either way your doing some stock removal, its just a matter of how much. Are you going full traditional on your tanto construction?

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Thanx David.

I'll probably leave out the habaki (a bit afraid of hard-soldering), but I do plan on carving the sheath and handle, the latter to be fitted with a wooden pin. The wrapping of the handle might end up being flattened paracord in stead of silk.

The tang might be a little bit more tapered than on other tanto's, but for the rest I plan on quite traditional looks.

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