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Wire wrapped handle--What gauge wire to use?

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Hi fellow bladesmiths,


I am going to try my first wire-wrapped handle on a medieval style dagger.  Could anyone offer advice on what gauge wire to use please?


Appreciate your help,




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I was hoping someone with more experience would chime in, but in general you want it fairly fine. It will be thicker after twisting. Jim Hrisoulas talks about it in The Master Bladesmith, a book well worth having.

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  • 6 months later...

Thank you for your replies.  Made a little wood frame and using 20 gauge steel wire...



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