A Dagger and friends

Von Gruff

KNIFE MAKER
A week or two back I posted this pic of a few blades I had cut out and started work on

I was able to get most of them done this week and as I had not done a dagger before I was rather pleased with how the 6 1/2 inch 1095 it came out. I have no use for this type of knife but it was a challenge to my grinding abiity to have a try at the double edge so that was the motivation for this one.
I intended to do it very loosely styled on the Fairburn-Sykes knife with a through tang peened to a mild steel washer on the pommel of the handle

After the tang was peened and the shaping was done I was reasonably pleased with the first try at this type of knife.

The guard was piece of 1/2 x 1/2 brass that I ground the blade side curve on the 12 inch wheel before I started to do the tang slot and shaped the rest of the guard when it was all together at shaping time when the tip of the guard were tapered down to about a 1/4 in square before it was a rounded off. The walnut handle was polished with the same buff after the brass was done and this gave it a very nice dark finish.

The Sgian Dubh is a singe edged 4 1/4 inch dagger shaped blade of 1084 with a brass bolster, a black liner and a Jarrah handle on the stick tang

There was also a J T Ranger completed with a OD canvas micarata handle on the 5 1/2 inch 1095 blade.
 
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springer82

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They all turned out great. My favorite of them is the dagger. I can't wait to see your version of the Fairburn-Sykes. That is my favorite!!! That was strapped to the inside of my right leg for many years.
 

Von Gruff

KNIFE MAKER
They all turned out great. My favorite of them is the dagger. I can't wait to see your version of the Fairburn-Sykes. That is my favorite!!! That was strapped to the inside of my right leg for many years.
The dagger shown is, as I said, very loosely based on the Fairburn-Sykes and was not intended to be a copy as such.
 

opaul

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Really liking that work Gruff. Did you free hand the grind or use a jig? Would love to see how you did that - beautiful work.
 

springer82

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Hey Guff. If you have a pic of the tang peened to the pommel I'd love to see that. When you heated up the tang how did you keep from cooking the handle.
 

Von Gruff

KNIFE MAKER
Really liking that work Gruff. Did you free hand the grind or use a jig? Would love to see how you did that - beautiful work.
I used a jig to do the grinding OP.For me anyway, that takes the risk of having to bin too many blades way down to the exceptable level.
 

Von Gruff

KNIFE MAKER
Hey Guff. If you have a pic of the tang peened to the pommel I'd love to see that. When you heated up the tang how did you keep from cooking the handle.
Will get a pic later in the day but with the tang annealed and peened cold it is just a case of 100's of little hits
 

Von Gruff

KNIFE MAKER
Garry...you gonna start making those?
I had a "put my name on one of those" within minutes of showing it on my FB page but I may just sell him this one and let it go at that. The dagger only has one purpose and I am not sure I want to be facilitating that or the intent or even the thought behind them. I had always wanted to test whether I could actually make one that was the impetus for this one so dont intend to repeat the process.
I am primarily a hunting knife maker but the chef and table knives do seem to have taken a larger part of my order book than I ever thought they would as again it was to test whether I could make a decent one that bought about me doing them originally. I suppose I just enjoy the challenge of trying something new.
 

springer82

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The dagger only has one purpose and I am not sure I want to be facilitating that or the intent or even the thought behind them.
Your right. With that, not everyone that buys a dagger will want it for that reason. There is a group of people called collectors.
 

Von Gruff

KNIFE MAKER
Your right. With that, not everyone that buys a dagger will want it for that reason. There is a group of people called collectors.
Yes I understand that and the guy who has ordered it is ex mil and a collector who owns one of the gunshops that carries my knives so I have no qualms about him having it.
 
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