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Saw-backed Knives

Discussion in 'Filework' started by Pioneer 54, Feb 14, 2021.

  1. Pioneer 54

    Pioneer 54 New Member

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    So I'm planning a couple different reproductions of historical knives that were typically saw-backed. I know that these are rarely very useful compared to a normal saw but is wanted for historical significance.

    Is there any really good techniques outside of tons of hand filing with a triangular file? I have modified a triangular file to have a safe side with one facet ground off so I hope that helps.

    Pic for interest - 1856 pattern pioneer hanger

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  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker

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    I'd probably use the stationary band saw to cut, then file to the line. Another option would be to mount an angle grinder to the bench and make a slotted table so you can approach the disc nice and smooth. You could add a guide to direct the blade into the disc at the same angle repeatedly.

    Cool how the teeth cut in the push direction. As though to say "we mean business."

    Dan
     
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  3. Pioneer 54

    Pioneer 54 New Member

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    Yes, I was thinking of making a small version of a table saw sled on the band saw with a 45 degree angle and then filing every other tooth in the opposite direction.

    I've handled one of the hangers in the photo and it would have been super awkward to use as a tool but a fearsome short sword. Historically this is now the sword carried ceremonially by the Pioneer Sergeant in an infantry unit but back in the day would have been a common issue to the Pioneer troops.
     
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