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Pommel Caps


Joshua States

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Pommel caps or butt caps, whatever you call them, they are a classy finish to a solid handle, especially antler.

Here I have two separate antler handled knives each with a pommel cap of 1/8 inch nickel silver.

 

Pair of caps.jpg

 

One of them looks much thinner than the other, even though they are the same thickness. The difference is the "thinner" one has had the edges beveled down.

 

Pair of caps top.jpg

 

So if we take this thicker looking cap 

 

Thick Cap.jpg

 

And thin down the edges a bit

 

Thick cap with Beveled edge.jpg

 

And buff those bevels to a mirror finish, it looks like this.

 

After buffing (2).jpg

 

After buffing.jpg

 

How far up the face you take the bevels is a matter of personal choice.

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5 hours ago, Doug Lester said:

followed the contours of the antler

 

That's a time-honored finish, especially in German knives from the Black Forest region.  I have also been known to cheat by beveling the end of the antler and insetting a cap.

 

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This is handy when the crown was cut wrong and the pith is showing.

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That's a good cheat Alan!

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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5 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

That's a time-honored finish, especially in German knives from the Black Forest region. 

 

And it's surprisingly easy to do. You just need a couple of blind pins to keep the plate oriented and a through-rod with nuts and washers. That allows you to scribe the outline and cut away what's outside the lines.

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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