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druid
12-22-2010, 04:15 PM
Let me tell you, I have a newfound respect for blade makers and machinists.

I started this Day Wear Scottish Dirk project some time ago but I didn't like the "end result" so I decided to "make it right"......

I started out with a 2" x 24" hunk of 1/4" bar stock and shaped it down but didn't like the point. I even handled it with wood but again...I don't like the handle.

So I decided to change it. I put a longer edge on the blade [old edge was too "short"], made a "false edge" that didn't previously exist but could still use some work and now have a large enough piece of antler for the handle.

...and by the way, all this was done with a common FILE :shock: .....


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Dirk%20I%20Made/12222010Take22.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Dirk%20I%20Made/12222010Take21.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Dirk%20I%20Made/12222010Take23.jpg

1/4" thickness, false edge at the furthest end from you:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Dirk%20I%20Made/12222010Take26.jpg

Full edge. It looks dark, almost like a "false edge' but trust me...she's sharp:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Dirk%20I%20Made/12222010Take28.jpg

Rest:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Dirk%20I%20Made/12222010Take25.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Dirk%20I%20Made/12222010Take24.jpg

The antler I got for the handle:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Dirk%20I%20Made/Antler1-2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Dirk%20I%20Made/Antler2-2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Dirk%20I%20Made/Antler3.jpg


Can I tell you how stiff and sore my right arm is??? However, I'm much happier with how this is turning out than what it looked like before.

marvin-martian
12-22-2010, 04:20 PM
That was done with a file?!?!?!? What is wrong with you? haha, It looks rough but effective enough. You going to do serrations on the other side?

druid
12-22-2010, 04:39 PM
Yep...a freaking file -.-

This is going to be a Day wear Scottish Dirk. There are no 'serrations' as is commonly known.

If you are thinking of "Jimping" then no. That's the design you see on the spine of a Sgian Dubh [black knife] in the sock.

This blade is 13" long from tip to hilt....and heavy. MORE than able to take on........uh.........."utilitarian" needs.......... :D

oldironmudder
12-22-2010, 06:05 PM
Dude, a belt sander would be so much better & easier. I know this after forging a knife out of a railroad spike.




Ninja edit: Oh ya, it looks good & cant wait to see a finished picture.

druid
12-22-2010, 10:06 PM
Thanks. Now...tell me how to "home temper" it..or at least...the edge of it.

oldironmudder
12-22-2010, 10:15 PM
From what I remember, heat it up & drop it off in oil or water.

oldironmudder
12-22-2010, 10:16 PM
Also, try google ;)

druid
12-22-2010, 11:00 PM
bleh. Google is overrated. :D

TheDarkShadow
12-23-2010, 09:03 AM
thats impressive that you used a file. it looks good too

oldironmudder
12-23-2010, 10:31 AM
Yahoo search?

druid
12-23-2010, 06:48 PM
Thanks TDS. My shoulder is finally loosening up...lol.

Did. And in looking around, this appears [by what I've read] that this to be "Case hardened" steel.

druid
12-24-2010, 11:53 AM
Here are new and better pics

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Dirk%20I%20Made/122420104.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Dirk%20I%20Made/122420107.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Dirk%20I%20Made/1224201013.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Dirk%20I%20Made/122420108.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Dirk%20I%20Made/1224201015.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Dirk%20I%20Made/1224201014.jpg

Here's one of the handle that I hate. It's coming off, in favor of the antler handle:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Dirk%20I%20Made/1224201010-1.jpg

slim and shady
12-24-2010, 08:34 PM
Looks great Druid. I cant beleive you did that with a hand file! looks awesome!

druid
12-24-2010, 09:50 PM
Thanks. I can't believe my arm hasn't fallen off yet :D

XSiv Force
12-24-2010, 10:47 PM
was just going to ask if the arm or hand is still there

druid
12-25-2010, 12:29 AM
yeah but I did not escape unscathed...lol. The tip got my index finger as I was making a pass with the file. Man the SunofAgun is pointy........:cussing: :tongue:

XSiv Force
12-25-2010, 09:14 AM
still attached right..........no 9 and a half digits right

leed
12-27-2010, 12:19 AM
Noob, your dirk is upset that your pictures don't do it justice, so it scars you so you will never forget.

PS. I thought you got a new camera a while back?

druid
12-27-2010, 09:07 AM
I did...but the 14yr old lost it on a trip -.-

That's OK, I got the OK to buy a coolpix L110. Now...to go work an overtime or 2 :D