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Posted 22 December 2010 - 05:12 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: .....


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

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

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Rest:

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The antler I got for the handle:

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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.
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Posted 22 December 2010 - 06:41 PM

Stolen from PBN small talk?
who knew you would dare venture into PBN's ST

Its a sick knife though. Did you get this in a email or did you do it?

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 10:37 PM

LOL...I've been a member of PBN for years. I just don't post much. Actually...I had "druid" as my original SN but forgot my password and never got a PM back from a mod or admin about it...now I have "1st ancient warrior" as my username.


This is my creation...and my arm is soooooooooooooore.

EDIT: go back to Nation and look under my avatar. It says "this is druid"

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 08:59 AM

Yeah I saw that once I looked in the other thread.
Did you finish the handle yet?
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 04:50 PM

nope, didn't even start it yet
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Posted 24 December 2010 - 12:50 PM

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Here's one of the handle that I hate. It's coming off, in favor of the antler handle:
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Posted 24 December 2010 - 10:58 PM

Very nice. You did all of this yourself? What kind of steel did you use?

I've Wiki'd the blade, but there isn't much info. Would they typically be sharpened on both sides?
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Posted 25 December 2010 - 01:21 AM

View PostMaDuce, on 25 December 2010 - 12:58 AM, said:

Very nice. You did all of this yourself? What kind of steel did you use?

I've Wiki'd the blade, but there isn't much info. Would they typically be sharpened on both sides?


Thanks. Yes, I started with a 1/4" x 2" x 24" hunk of steel I found next to a dumpster. What kind it is, I have no idea but I know it's a hardened steel, based upon how it files. It's about burned out my [almost new] mill file...lol.

If you are looking for info, research "Scottish Dirk" blades. Most have been built from the tips of 'broken" sword tips but they are actually more of an adaptation of the Bollock Dagger. The Bollock Dagger was dual edged because...well...it's a dagger...lol. The Dirk is more closely acquainted with...believe it or not...a 'butcher's knife'...even though the word "Dirk" means 'dagger'.
The earliest specimen found dates back to ~1500-1300 BC and is made from bronze.
Over time, the Dirk has undergone several metamorphoses, from a plain "V" shaped blade and wooden grip [some dual edged, most single edged] to very ornate version you might see with jewels and chrome [called a "Bonnie" Dirk].

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirk

http://www.myarmoury...spot_dirks.html

It's not a "primary weapon" though. The Scots used a shield called a "Targe" [pronounced "Target" ] on the weak side and the Dirk was held in this same hand, point facing downward. About 4-6 inches would "stick out" below the Targe. They would "block" an attacker's advance with the Targe and then thrust the Dirk down into their abdomen or lower extremities and swing their primary weapon in their strong hand.

The version I'm creating here is one you might find from the 1600-1700s. However, I want neither a wooden grip, nor an ornate grip. That's why I'm ditching the wood and installing the antler.
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Posted 27 December 2010 - 01:19 PM

very cool druid. Will have to make me my own blade like this. how are you making the handle? lathe?
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Posted 27 December 2010 - 07:40 PM

HEy Druid. Didn't know you where a Spec OPS member. I'm Lt.COl.Vortex from the X7 OG. Nice seeing you around.
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Posted 27 December 2010 - 10:27 PM

View PostThe Hobbit, on 27 December 2010 - 03:19 PM, said:

very cool druid. Will have to make me my own blade like this.
how are you making the handle? lathe?

Thanks. It's not difficult...with the exception of the 'hardness' of filing the steel.

The Antler one? No. I'm going to cut the antler about 5-6 inches below the rosette, shape it down [taper it on face and reverse], make a thin aluminum "cap" to protect the blade-end of the grip [think of a leather washer used on a KABAR handle as a "finger guard"] and finish the center of the rosette with a decorative cap.

The wooden handle I made, was also done by file and Dremel.

View PostJack the Ripper, on 27 December 2010 - 09:40 PM, said:

HEy Druid. Didn't know you where a Spec OPS member. I'm Lt.COl.Vortex from the X7 OG. Nice seeing you around.


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