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Starting a New Dirk/Dagger

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I had enough steel left from my last damascus billet to make a  small dirk/dagger from it.  This one will get a frame tang, mastodon scales & 416 fittings:

 

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Alrighty then. Let's see the old Mulkey Magic!:)

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This otta be interesting.

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Pop corn and cold drink is out.....................:D

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It shouldn’t be possible to get excited about a blank and some fittings sitting on an anvil but it is.

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It is amazing to see where some of these works of art start out and the incredible journey they take to completion guided by a skill that so many of us can barely credit.

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After a rough grind & a quick etch to see what the pattern looks like:

 

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For some unknown reason, the pattern got off a little off center toward the back end of  the blade.  That sometimes will happen at the very back end of  the billet as that's where distortion is most  likely to happen.  But then again, I've never made a perfect piece of damascus.;)

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I think it adds character, myself. B)

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7 minutes ago, Alan Longmire said:

I think it adds character, myself. B)

I'm debating as to  whether or not to remove 1/8" off of one side of the blade & regrind to center the pattern better.  I'll probably leave it alone.

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I agree with Alan....................

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Today was a day for experimenting.  After spending the majority of it making different styles & shapes of guards for this little dagger I went back to the original forged ball-tip guard from 416 and sent the rest to  the round file.:)    (the shiny spots on the side of the guard is where I had to grind the sides parallel in order to chuck them up in my mill for making the tang slot.)

I plan on adding a front handle spacer from some left-over mosaic damascus to this hilt but found that it needed to be annealed before I could mill a tang slot in it  so  that's a job for tomorrow after it comes out of the annealing oven.

You can't really see it here but the mastodon scales for this one were too thin for what I wanted to do so I added some 1/8" ivory micarta to the back of each one for added thickness.  Once everything gets ground to shape & polished I think you'll like it.

 

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1 hour ago, Gary Mulkey said:

Once everything gets ground to shape & polished I think you'll like it.

I think I like it already! :)

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I got the last of the pieces roughed out today.  I think that I'll wait until tomorrow to begin the hand sanding & etching of the blade as well as the final fit-up & polish of the hilt.

 

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Yup Gary I like this one.  Is it me or does the tang look a little wavy?  Unless it's just the camera angle that's doin that to it.

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3 hours ago, AndrewB said:

Yup Gary I like this one.  Is it me or does the tang look a little wavy?  Unless it's just the camera angle that's doin that to it.

The top & bottom may not be perfectly straight.  The tang is straight side to side.

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1 minute ago, Gary Mulkey said:

It may be.  Since it's hidden, I don't really care if it's perfectly straight top & bottom.  Side-to-side yes.

I was just curious sometimes the cameras play funky tricks.

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OK, now we all wait for the magic to happen......because that's what it always feels like: some WIP photos, some magic, then a beautiful knife!

Can't wait to see the end result Gary, I'm inspired but scared! :D

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Posted (edited)

I've yet to do the final  fit up of the handle pieces but I'm getting close:

 

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Posted (edited)

I've left this one alone for the past week to think about it.  It just felt like  it needed something more.  I finally decided to add raised pin heads to the ivory hilt to  give it more of a historical look:

 

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Here you can see the ivory micarta that I used to make the frame tang rather than using stainless as I normally do.  Let me know what you think.

 

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Knocked it out of the park as usual Gary!

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I like the micarta frame.

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3 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

I like the micarta frame.

Thanks, Alan.  I thought it gave this one a nice touch.

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I think the frame looks real good to with the micarta. I also like the bigger pins also

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