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There you go! Some hand sanding required and a forced patina after.

Awesome! It would be cool if it was in the handle though...........   Say you walk into a waffle house around 2am. The salty ol' waitress that didn't want to serve you throws your food down

Rear spacer done. For those who watch this and wonder how the texture is done on the copper, it's by peening with a small rounded punch. 

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Guard is finished to #400 and ferric dipped+mother's mag. I think it's nice and dirty wrought. The blade has some J hooks that I'm going to remove when the time comes to etch it, when the dry fit is completed. I still have to finish the habaki and make a rear guard copper spacer. 

 

On a side note, I think something is off with the proportions. Should the guard be slightly larger? Or it's just because there's no handle yet...I don't know.

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2 hours ago, Joël Mercier said:

I narrowed the guard to better match the ricasso. 

 

 

Much better.  I didn't realize what you were seeing when it didn't seem right.  Now I do.  Looks good.

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Rear spacer done. For those who watch this and wonder how the texture is done on the copper, it's by peening with a small rounded punch. 

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Still ways to go. I think the handle looks too chubby and is a tad too long. I'm going to shave around 1/8" off the width and length and see what happens...

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Thanks again billyO. Here's the handle shortened and slimmed. I decided to stop there and not work on it for a little while. Something is not quite right(again) and I have to figure it out. Maybe the overly long ricasso I had to do to properly design a sap sprout is making it difficult to design flowing lines, I don't know. But I always tend to rush handles so I'm fighting that urge :lol:

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It’s a beautiful piece of work Joel. Yes the tang is long, has a purpose. I went back to look at the sketch, does the handle now meet those dimensions on the sketch? Currently the handle looks to stubby.

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From here it looks like the front of the handle is too fat on the underside?  Maybe more of a straight line right behind the guarduntil the palm swell?

Lovely work, regardless!

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1 hour ago, Alan Longmire said:

From here it looks like the front of the handle is too fat on the underside?  Maybe more of a straight line right behind the guarduntil the palm swell?

Lovely work, regardless!

That's what I came up with as well, this morning. Thanks for confirming my thought.

 

Edit: now reworked, I think it looks much better!

 

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Thanks Brian and Alan :)

 

I applied two coats of alcool diluted Fiebings brown leather die with sanding in between. Then a first coat of TruOil. Now I think it looks very much like light maple syrup. 

 

On a side note, this is the first time I completely finish a handle before it's glued on the tang. 

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I really like that color. Looking very nice !

 

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I sorta feel bad for not completing this work in time, but life happens I guess. I lately amassed enough will to try and finish this project. Blade finished and handle glued up. Now to the butt cap...

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