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 big 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.
The 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.
“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)
Seems we have an illustration here!
At least the hole is somewhere other than the usual place.
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?