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Old 01-31-2016, 05:55 PM
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Nessmuk style underway

Hey all,

So I am finally able to get a bit of shop time in since Christmas and I am onto knife number 5. For this one I wanted to do something in a Nessmuk style and drew it up myself. The steel is 1084 carbon and the handle is moose antler. This is my first attempt at a hidden tang knife. I was contemplating playing around with dying the antler but I am really digging the natural look. I am planning on using a 1/8th brass pin to secure the tang (along with epoxy of course). I would go with stainless steel but I think as the antler patinas, the tiny bit of brass will look nice.

Does anyone here offset the pin hole in the tang ever so slightly to tighten up the handle to the ricasso a bit better? I have read that and it completely makes sense to me as we do a similar thing win woodworking when making mortise and tenon joints (called drawboring). Also, on the very front of the handle where it comes into contact with the ricasso, the drill hole edge is still visible. I am assuming I should be able to take some antler dust from sanding and mix it in with epoxy to fill those spots and be a bit more camouflaged? Does that sound reasonable?

Anyways, I would love a bit of feedback and will follow up later with more pics and I close in on completion...


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All my handles are made with offset pins and have been for many years. But, the process works best with a very stiff pin. If you're going to use brass you might be better off using a 3/16. If you assemble and disassemble the handle a few times as you work on the knife then use a fresh pin for the final fitting as the brass will get shaved down as you push it in and out of the tang...


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Old 01-31-2016, 07:31 PM
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All my handles are made with offset pins and have been for many years. But, the process works best with a very stiff pin. If you're going to use brass you might be better off using a 3/16. If you assemble and disassemble the handle a few times as you work on the knife then use a fresh pin for the final fitting as the brass will get shaved down as you push it in and out of the tang...
Makes sense... Thanks!
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