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Thread: The "S" in guard

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    The "S" in guard

    Always had a thing for "S" guards. To me its like adding a cherry to the top of an ice cream Sunday.

    I ended up making a replacement blade for the two I broke a couple weeks ago. This one has been going much better. Still a ways from being done with the fittings. I'll be doing more of a custom sheath with this one.







    Last edited by Raymond Richard; 03-08-2013 at 05:40 PM.
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    That S guard looks great! I've always liked them on your knives too. It's difficult for a stock removal maker to do this though; it really needs to be done by heating and forging the guard into shape. I have done it before by cutting and grinding away at a large block of brass, but that's a tedious process. And I like iron better for this use anyway. Nice going Ray! Can't wait to see the finished product.
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    I want more pictures Raymond. It looks like the "S" guard is flat and formed into an s shape. If that is the case, it could be done by stock removal, but if it is contoured it would require a bit of work.
    But isnt that what this is about...a bit of work...?
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    Looks good to me. S guards are easy to "over do" in my opinion, yours is right on. The cattle are in good shape too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lagrange View Post
    I want more pictures Raymond. It looks like the "S" guard is flat and formed into an s shape. If that is the case, it could be done by stock removal, but if it is contoured it would require a bit of work.
    But isnt that what this is about...a bit of work...?
    Eric, I did do a little forging on this one before I bent it but they can surely be made by stock removal. It certainly will help to heat the material up before bending into the "S". I'll take one step backwards when I head out to the shop and take a picture of the guard and my bending set up. Down right cave man but it works.

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    Here's a photo of how I bend the tops of the S's. I used a chunk of 1" mild steel I'd picked up at a military surplus store nearby. I just ground a radius on one corner and this way I can repeat the same bend. C clamp it to the chunk of steel. Heat the top section with a torch and bend it over with a small hammer. Before I bent the iron I did forge a tapper on the ends of the iron using the forge and anvil. That's really not necessary since it can also be ground. The holes in the bending die are insignificant. They were there when I bought the chuck of steel.


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    Raymond I suppose the cows have already seen enough "S guards" as they are not too interested in this one. I like it though.
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    Bruce, Cows are pretty basic. No interest in anything except if they can eat it. No sword swallower's in this herd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymond Richard View Post
    Bruce, Cows are pretty basic. No interest in anything except if they can eat it. No sword swallower's in this herd.
    My regards to cows are quite similiar.
    Eric Troyer
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    Started a very simple 2 sided inner sheath yesterday. Last night I just worked on the 4th Inf Division emblem. Time consuming to say the least. The sheath is done now except for the sealer. The knife is pretty close to being finished.




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