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First double edge sword attempt....

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by stevebates, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. stevebates

    stevebates Active Member

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    So I've taking on a project that's kind of been on the back burner a while, I was asked to make a weapons demo sword for a martial artist to use in co petition. Needless to say swords aren't really my thing but I decided to give it a try. Here it is so far it's 1084 steel, 18" blade with an 8" handle and my first attempt at grinding a double edge. I thing it's turning out alright so far but I have no idea what the end product will look like...lol! But it will have nickel silver bolsters (or whatever you call it on a sword) a kind of Si type guard and I have black ebony for the handles. Let me know what you guys think and if I'm heading somewhat in the right direction on this (completely new to this type of build). Oh yeah it seems to be very hard to take pics of double edged thingy's...lol!!!

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  2. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    For a first attempt, I think you nailed it. That's a nice looking blade. Can't wait to see the finished sword.
     
  3. Rob W

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    Wow impressive there Mr Steve !!!
     
  4. stevebates

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    Thanks guys that's encouraging...also first time using 1084 and for a very inexpensive steel it sure shines up nice!!!
     
  5. Brad

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    The grinds and polish look great.
     
  6. Foster J

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    That's a lot of steel, very impressive. Hope to see it finished soon.
     
  7. Grayzer86

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    Very nice work. That looks like a painful amount of hand sanding and polishing.
     
  8. stevebates

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    Your deffinately correct Grayzer not one of my finest moments.... But music helps :)
     
  9. stevebates

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    Well not really my cup of tea but here is possibly the finished product...lol!!!
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  10. Rob W

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    Very cool steve !!
     
  11. Ryan Ladurantaye

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    Looks good. How's it feel? I haven't attempted one yet. But there's definately one or so in my future.
     
  12. shadman

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    very nice-i like the look
     
  13. stevebates

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    Thanks guys, it feels good and comfortable in the hands a slight bit heavier on the handle side as the buyer wanted a full 8" handle but all in all not to bad. Now back to knifemaking...lol!
     
  14. Foster J

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    Oh yea, looks very cool. What's the handle made of?
     
  15. stevebates

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    Handle is made of black ebony
     
  16. metal99

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    That looks awesome man! I couldn't imagine heat treating something that long... My little blades warp enough lol
     
  17. stevebates

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    Thanks Metal, had to use a 4 foot chunk of 4" PVC capped at one end and filled with oil so I could get a nice and straight vertical quench. It worked great but not sure what I will do with that setup now...lol!
     
  18. metal99

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    That's cool man, you could always make more swords!
    Do you have any advice for somebody that wants to attempt their first double edged blade?
     
  19. stevebates

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    Lol... Hey Metal, I am definately no expert as that was my first double edged grind. Truth be told it was fairly easy metal I just picked a lot of steel to grind. I would suggest scribing the center as well as the edges and grind normal. As you get within a 1/16" of center start with your higher grits that way as your rough grind is polishing up your slowly meeting the center line. Hopes this helps there maybe other ways as well. I think a normal size knife blade you would find no problem!
     
  20. metal99

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    Thanks for the tips man, I got an order for a double edged dagger and I'm kind of scared lol.
     

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