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How short can hidden tang be?

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

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

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59 minutes 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.

So you are saying size doesn't matter?? :blink:

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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).

tang3_640.jpg

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

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Thanks! That’s a good idea, I’ll look into it.

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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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