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EdCaffreyMS

"The Montana Bladesmith"
Trying to do my first dagger on a request from a friend. It's a learning experience to say the least. This one is ready for heat treat.

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There's a reason that for the ABS Mastersmith test, the applicant is required to present a European style Quillion Dagger, and one of the 5 test knives..... it is the most difficult knife design to accomplish correctly.

It's because a dagger is basically "double" everything of a single edged blade/knife. With a standard, single edged blade, you have a "face" on one side, and that "face" should match the "face" on the other side. With a dagger, you have TWO "faces" per side, and not only must the two faces on a single side match, but those must also match the two "faces" on the other side. The other unwritten rule for the dagger, is that it must have a fluted handle, with inlayed twisted wire.....usually either 24k gold, or 99.9 pure silver wire(s).

Personally, I made the blade of my dagger 3 times, and the guard & handle 5 times, before getting it right. So if anyone wants a "knifemaking" challenge, go build a European style quillion dagger! ;)
 

Sean Jones

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I've had almost no shop time lately. Myriad of circumstances including a bit of a bad back. Anyhow I've been working on a kitchen knife for my wife that's been sitting for a while. After some more cleanup on the scales I'll be gluing this up tomorrow. John Wilson blade and he supplied the walnut as well.

Knife No 9
 

Casey Brown

Well-Known Member
There's a reason that for the ABS Mastersmith test, the applicant is required to present a European style Quillion Dagger, and one of the 5 test knives..... it is the most difficult knife design to accomplish correctly.

It's because a dagger is basically "double" everything of a single edged blade/knife. With a standard, single edged blade, you have a "face" on one side, and that "face" should match the "face" on the other side. With a dagger, you have TWO "faces" per side, and not only must the two faces on a single side match, but those must also match the two "faces" on the other side. The other unwritten rule for the dagger, is that it must have a fluted handle, with inlayed twisted wire.....usually either 24k gold, or 99.9 pure silver wire(s).

Personally, I made the blade of my dagger 3 times, and the guard & handle 5 times, before getting it right. So if anyone wants a "knifemaking" challenge, go build a European style quillion dagger! ;)
This was one where my buddy has wanted one for a while, and I thought it would be a good practice to learn to make. I have a feeling I'll be doing some draw filing to clean it up once I get it to edge thickness. I am really close to that now, and just need to refine the edge thickness a little. I'm actually kind of excited about it.
 

John Wilson

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I've had almost no shop time lately. Myriad of circumstances including a bit of a bad back. Anyhow I've been working on a kitchen knife for my wife that's been sitting for a while. After some more cleanup on the scales I'll be gluing this up tomorrow. John Wilson blade and he supplied the walnut as well.

Knife No 9
I love what you’re doing with the handle. That’s going to be stunning when it’s finished. I can relate to the back issue. Hope you feel better.
 

Sean Jones

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I love what you’re doing with the handle. That’s going to be stunning when it’s finished. I can relate to the back issue. Hope you feel better.
Thanks John. Yes I'm liking the handle

The back comes and goes. I really need to get out and exercise more. I'm sure that would help. I went to the gym often before the Corona thing. I haven't done much physically since it hit and the back problems are part of that I'm sure.
 

KenH

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You gonna LOVE that tapmatic! I've got the same 30X and am constantly amazed how good it works for small taps, even the tiny 2-56 screws. Larger stuff I tap on the milling machine, but small stuff requires the tapmatic.
 

Nick Riggi

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You gonna LOVE that tapmatic! I've got the same 30X and am constantly amazed how good it works for small taps, even the tiny 2-56 screws. Larger stuff I tap on the milling machine, but small stuff requires the tapmatic.
Just have to fine tune some aspects- the stop arm doesn't just rest against a stop bar I set up- it actually clanks and hits it with each up and down- so not sure what I may be doing wrong on that front.
 

KenH

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Craig - color me impressed! I've never tried a double blade slipjoint much less a 3 bladed stockman. Keep progress photos coming.
 
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