View Full Version : Should I distil taper
05-19-2010, 10:35 AM
I'm working on knife # 2 and after reading some of the tutorials I wanted to give a tapered tang a try. thanks to the tutorial it came out nice but I'm wondering if a knife with a tapered tang should also have a distil taper to the blade. I sure it's a matter of personal prefrence but would like yall's thoughts and ideas
05-19-2010, 12:13 PM
I personally like the way a tapered tang and distal taper mirror each other. In fact, I think a tapered tang without a distal taper looks a bit odd, though the opposite doesn't seem to be true. A distal taper pretty much happens naturally on a drop point with a flat grind.
05-19-2010, 12:47 PM
Are you flat grinding or hollow grinding?
05-19-2010, 12:57 PM
The knife I'm working on is a drop point hunter and I will be flat grinding. I'm using the little 1" x 30" grinder from harber fraight so hollow grinding is not an option for me at this time.
05-19-2010, 01:20 PM
From what I've seen, the distal taper of the blade is pretty much a natural tendency of flat grinding itself. Got a pic of the blade shape?
05-19-2010, 01:56 PM
ok I guess I'll start grinding and see if it comes out naturaly I will have to borrow my doughters camera and see if I can get some pictuers up
05-19-2010, 02:02 PM
I like distal tapers on almost all blades unless it's purposely meant to be a big heavy chopper, that needs a more forward balance. It looks good, helps the blade balance nicely, and removes some weight without taking away very much strength.
05-20-2010, 01:51 PM
Well guys I went ahaed and flat ground the bevels and what do you know the distal taper naturaly came out. thanks for the help.
05-20-2010, 03:37 PM
Are we talking A)- a full distal taper that gradually gets thinner all the way from the ricasso to the tip, or B)- the tip being thinner because of the bevel following around the belly of the edge? Of course B) certainly will just happen. :cool:
A true full distal taper doesn't "just happen" for me, I have to work at it. Maybe I'm doing it wrong? :confused:
Not trying to be snotty, just trying to get this clear in my head.
05-20-2010, 11:29 PM
James it started out like "B" but I did not really liked the way that looked so I took it back some toward the ricasso but it's not a full distal. I will have to go and read the tutorial on posting pictures and see if I can get some up. I may try the full distal on my next knife, scared to put to many first into one blade this will be my first one to have a tapered tang and also the first with a guard. don't know if i'm chicken or just conservative.
05-21-2010, 05:16 AM
I hear ya Rodney. I've messed up a couple and only gotten a couple right :o They're mighty sweet when they come out right, though.
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