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How short can hidden tang be?


Conner Michaux

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One of my friends gave a piece of Damascus for bolster material, its about 3-3/4 long, But I want to try making a small Puukko, or Seax out of it, I want the blade to be about 2 inches long, So that would leave about 1-3/4 for the tang, If I where do put a pin through it would that be long enough for a hidden tang?

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1 hour ago, Joël Mercier said:

It's one of those time when forging would come handy :P

I believe it'll do just fine for a 3 finger knife.

This is true.. I could forge out the tang, I’m getting a little disc sander so I’ll be able to flatten it out, I’m still not very good at forging things flat..

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Back in the 1800's the companies that were suppling the trappers and traders. They were suppling a half tang knife they called a scalper!! Today it would be a full tang knife all the way to the but of the handle. 

You can do a threaded extension on a hidden tang!! 

OK I borrowed this from a site called knifekits.  pmb13_1_600.jpgIt shows a hidden tang that will have a threaded pommel. The top pick would be like that half tang knife, except they had two pins/rivets to keep the blade from pivoting! 

Here is more of what I was thinking of, (borrowed from the net).

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It shows a very short tang with rod silver soldered to it! You can let this run out the back of the handle and either thread it for a pommel of a pommel cap and peen the rod!! Hope some of this helps!

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This shows a half tang that will have a threaded pommel. The top pic would be like that half tang knife, except they had two pins/rivets to keep the blade from pivoting! 

knife-tang-diagram.jpg

C Craft Customs ~~~ With every custom knife I build I try to accomplish three things. I want that knife to look so good you just have to pick it up, feel so good in your hand you can't wait to try it, and once you use it, you never want to put it down ! If I capture those three factors in each knife I build, I am assured the knife will become a piece that is used and treasured by its owner! ~~~ C Craft

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I have done them by splitting the 1/4 inch rod and putting 2 pins through it and the half tang rather than soldering or welding it

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