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Glaive, Basilard and Ka-bar


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Thought Id post some recent work. None of its as polished as it should be, but hope its a little unique and of interest to someone. Thanks for checking it out.

Here is a close up of my attempt at a glaive which was for Forged in Fire. It was made from iron pipe, a truck leaf spring and VW flat torsion springs for the langets. My only major regret is not having time to try any etching on it,  Id also like to try a big integral socket sometime, just not under that kind of pressure.

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Next a basilard for medieval reenactment. I experimented with home made plywood from oak veneer for the sheath and handle and my wife card wove a nifty belt for it. Its a medium carbon lawnmower blade that had to be water quenched. I should have lined the sheath as you can see by the wear on the bluing of the blade.basilard.jpg

Lastly my own version of a ka-bar. It took a little longer than six hours... Its EDC sized with a 3 inch blade from truck leaf spring rust blued, color case hardened wrought iron fittings and a figured maple handle. I used anilin dye, wish I had tried acid dyeing the handle. Leather sheath  is decorated with the snake which is the symbol of the town of Itri, Italy its dyed to match the handle. IMG_0340.JPGIMG_0343.JPG

 

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Nice to see the glaive that you made for FIN.  It looks great and it really did a job on that deer carcass.  The basilard wood look better if it had a triangular blade but the handle is nice.  The Ka-bar looks nice also but it seems like the blade is a little short.  The maple handle is ok but I keep trying to picture it with an African blackwood handle to go along with the blackened blade and furniture.

Doug

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Thanks for the interest and the comments!

With the basilard most of them seem to have a dagger style blade but I have seen some pictures of Italian ones that are single edged with that kitchen knife profile, some with a fuller. That was what I was going for, though I didn't get the shape quite right and should have started from thicker stock.

On the ka-bar I was trying to push it as small as possible and still look a little like a ka-bar. Although I wanted a traditional color scheme I wasn't that happy with the way the maple came out, the figure got lost in the texturing. But my current knife project should have blued fittings and a ridged blackwood handle when its done! I should also note I followed the instructions on color case hardening from this forum and it worked first try.

Gerhard do you have any idea what those flat springs are made of? I have a big stack of them in all sorts of sizes from about a half inch to over an inch wide, they were my cut from an adventure which involved camping out in a moving van parked in front of an Audi/VW repair shop in the Bronx quite a few years ago.  Iv used them for small knifes and tools and they seem like they are water hardening?

Thanks again.

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On 8/2/2018 at 1:09 AM, nsantella said:

Gerhard do you have any idea what those flat springs are made of? I have a big stack of them in all sorts of sizes from about a half inch to over an inch wide, they were my cut from an adventure which involved camping out in a moving van parked in front of an Audi/VW repair shop in the Bronx quite a few years ago.  Iv used them for small knifes and tools and they seem like they are water hardening?

Thanks again.

My google-foo wasn't strong enough to find out the steel, obviously a spring steel but I don't think it's 5160.....just a feeling from working with it.

I quenched in Canola and very happy with the results......so far. I'm sharpening both tonight, will see how they hold up.

 

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