Bill Schmalhofer Posted August 24, 2021 Share Posted August 24, 2021 Here is the latest I made. It was a first for me on so many levels: First full tang. First multi-block construction on a curved tang. First metal turning (turned the brass pommel nut on my wood lathe using hand held carbide cutters - would not recommend this...). First take down. Took four tries on the wood for the handle, four times on the guard, and two times making the pommel nut. Still not totally happy with it as there are some cosmetic defects (not shown in the picture) that I just can't seem to fix (thus the reason for so many attempts on the different parts). I really need to learn how to do the "floating" threads for the pommel nut and I need to get a metal lathe. But this is not the reason I am posting this knife. The pattern I was shooting for in the blade was inspired by a picture in @JPH's first book; and I hope he doesn't mind me posting a picture of it - if he does, let me know and I (or a mod) will remove it. From the first time I saw this after I bought and read the book (too many years ago to count), I wanted to make this pattern. Other than the "deep hollow grind" I think I followed the directions. I've tried twice and this is the closest I've got. The blade is ~150 layers 15N20 / 80CrV2. Was forged to a 3/4 inch square bar, twisted to about 4 per inch, rounded, and forged flat to ~1/4 inch thick. The tang and profile were then forged in, but the bevels were completely ground in. Spine thickness is now just over 1/8 inch so I've cut into the middle quite a bit equally from both sides, but it falls way short of the pronounced stars in the book picture. My question is; Am I on the right path and just missing the hollow grind or am I missing something else? Thanks for any comments / constructive criticism. 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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