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Forging a flamberge dagger


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At the request of my daughter who wants a "jewel encrusted" dagger, I convinced her to accept something less challenging/expensive for me to make, but would still be something I could hone my skills on--a flamberge blade dagger.  Using 5160 leaf spring, here's what I'm up to so far:

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excited to see how this turns out!

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On 5/16/2024 at 11:37 AM, nathan doss said:

excited to see how this turns out!

Thank you, glad to know.

 

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On 5/16/2024 at 12:53 PM, Alan Longmire said:

Ooh, good challenge!  Helpful hint: if using a belt grinder, grind with the blade vertical on the wheel. 

Always appreciate your tips Alan.  I have a 1/2 inch handheld belt grinder I am using.  Updates below on blade profile, cross-guard roughed out and the block of teak that will be the handle material.

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Getting some profile work done with round files on the dagger, what a contrast to making a saber!  Soon as I can define the ridge going down the center of the blade I will fit the cross-guard and then heat treat. 

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Your lines are starting to look good…. I think you should take this to 220 at least before you heat treat it …… 

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Hi Dick, thank you for that advice!  I was just thinking about how far I should refine the blade before quenching.   Here's where I am now, I've been working on the tang a bit and prepping the cross-guard which I want to spiral twist and make one side curve up and the other down.

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