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Jeff Kauffeldt




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PostPosted: Thu 05 Nov, 2009 9:51 pm    Post subject: How to making a dagger hilt.         Reply with quote

I recently pick up a bare damascus dagger blade off ebay( might not actually be damascus but for $20 who cares) Anyway, I'm looking to make it into a Holbine dagger for my early 16th century kit. Wondering what materials and techniques to use.
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JG Elmslie
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PostPosted: Fri 06 Nov, 2009 4:09 am    Post subject: Re: How to making a dagger hilt.         Reply with quote

Jeff Kauffeldt wrote:
I recently pick up a bare damascus dagger blade off ebay( might not actually be damascus but for $20 who cares) Anyway, I'm looking to make it into a Holbine dagger for my early 16th century kit. Wondering what materials and techniques to use.


well, personally, for that sort of thing I'd do a lost-wax sculpt for the end caps, get that cast in bronze, and then fettle and finish those myself by hand, and then do a hardwood one-peice hilt by drilling through the centre of the wood, and then taking a scrap of steel and grinding it to the same shape as the tang, heating it to red-hot, and using that to burn through the predrillee hole to get it to fit the tang exactly. finish off by peining the end of the tang over.
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