3 1/2-inch Hidden Tang

Here is a one-of-a-kind piece that I just finished. This blade blank has been gathering dust for a while, and it finally got finished! The steel is 1/8″ thick 154CM. Overall length is 7 inches, weight is 3.6 ounces.  Handle is green canvas micarta. The brass guard is big enough to provide a measure of safety and aid in sheath retention, but not so biknife and sheathg as to be awkward.

If you’re looking for a knife with a little more blade and a little less handle length, this one qualifies!

It could be yours for $229.

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Horizontal and Vertical Sheaths with Firesteel Mounted

knife with sheaths and firesteelsThe sheath on the left is a standard vertical pouch. On the right, is an ambidextrous horizontal sheath. The knife is a 3-inch Compact, in O-1 Tool Steel, and brown canvas. Firesteel handles are also brown canvas micarta.

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Securing the Firesteel

Seems that a friction-fit on firesteels just doesn’t cut it. We need to tie them in.knife in sheath with firesteel
Here, we have a nice matched set in mesquite. Notice that the rod protrudes far enough past the mounting loop that we can run the thong around it, and tie it down, keeping the handle from rising.
Other options might be using stretchy shock-cord, or using a toggle to tighten things up.

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Imperial M-7S Surival Knife

Someone brought a blade in, and I finally deciphered the “S” from the tang stamp, with help of the www. Evidently, Imperial decided to use up a bunch of leftover M-7 bayonet blades, and put a cross-guard with screwdrivers, and and nail-pulling-claw buttcap, on them.Imperial M-7S knife blade, exposed tang
Anyway, I’m guessing that this one met its demise by being used to actually hammer on something. (The rolling on the tang indicates hammering, rather than nail-pulling.)
Also, the owner obviously didn’t like the saw-teeth on the spine. Can’t blame anyone for that! Good riddance.

Here is a link with a picture of the original item: http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/imperial-m7s.68435/

The M7 bayonet was designed for, and introduced with, the M16 rifle in 1964.

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New Cloth on an Old Garment

“No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.” Matthew 9:16. (Also Mark 2:21)

dsc02433Seems we have an illustration here!

At least the hole is somewhere other than the usual place.

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Primitive Technology–Primitive Forge Blower

Here is an excellent piece of ingenuity!

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Primitive Arrowhead Option

copper arrow head and tools used in making it.Here is a copper arrowhead that I just made out of a 1-inch piece of 1/2-inch water pipe. Sitting on the anvil around it, are all of the tools used.
You can see that one side is filed smooth and sharp, the other is only shaped with the hammer and chisel. A stone could be used instead of files. A chisel could be made from a large nail (possibly even from a stone. A stone could be used for hammering.
There should be 2 arrowheads, but one went flying when I was separating them, and I haven’t found it yet.
Hammering the copper work-hardens the metal, making it stiff and more capable of taking a sharp edge. Stop before it begins to crack, though. If you need to shape it more, heat it up until it just starts to glow red, and then quench it in water. This will soften it, and you can continue hammering or flexing the metal until it hardens up again.
Remember the Bronze Age?

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