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Garry Keown

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A week or two back I posted this pic of a few blades I had cut out and started work on
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I was able to get most of them done this week and as I had not done a dagger before I was rather pleased with how the 6 1/2 inch 1095 it came out. I have no use for this type of knife but it was a challenge to my grinding abiity to have a try at the double edge so that was the motivation for this one. 
I intended to do it very loosely styled on the Fairburn-Sykes knife with a through tang peened to a mild steel washer on the pommel of the handle
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After the tang was peened and the shaping was done I was reasonably pleased with the first try at this type of knife.
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The guard was piece of 1/2 x 1/2 brass that I ground the blade side curve on the 12 inch wheel before I started to do the tang slot and shaped the rest of the guard when it was all together at shaping time when the tip of the guard were tapered down to about a 1/4 in square before it was a rounded off. The walnut handle was polished with the same buff after the brass was done and this gave it a very nice dark finish.
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The Sgian Dubh is a single edged 4 1/4 inch dagger shaped blade of 1084 with a brass bolster, a black liner and a Jarrah handle on the stick tang
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There was also a J T Ranger completed with a OD canvas micarta handle on the 5 1/2 inch 1095 blade.
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Edited by Garry Keown
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I love the Sgian Dubh , very simple and pretty.

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Very nice Garry.

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I like them all Garry.  Nice touch on rotating your mark on the dagger.  Perfect symmetry is always pleasing to the eye.

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I think you should be very pleased with that dagger. Clean lines and nice flow. 

Nice work all around.

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8 minutes ago, Joshua States said:

I think you should be very pleased with that dagger. Clean lines and nice flow. 

Nice work all around.

It looks like I will have to make another couple of those to cover the "put my name on one of those" after I showed it on my FB page.

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