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12/19/2006 8:59pm,
I just finshed shaping a smatchet blade. Any good ideas on what kind of handle would work well? Its a full tang design: I was thinking I'd make some wooden handles and bolt them to the sides, then wrap the handle in something. I'm also trying to make some kind of guard. I was thinking about using one from a ninja sword wall hanger for fun.

Antifa
12/19/2006 9:09pm,
I just finshed shaping a smatchet blade. Any good ideas on what kind of handle would work well? Its a full tang design: I was thinking I'd make some wooden handles and bolt them to the sides, then wrap the handle in something. I'm also trying to make some kind of guard. I was thinking about using one from a ninja sword wall hanger for fun.

pics?

DayOfTheJackass
12/19/2006 9:27pm,
hmm i have a sword blade hanging around that also needs a handle...someone reply to this guy (if i'm messing around with something like a blade it means i'm very very bored even though I should be working)

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12/20/2006 1:54am,
I'll post some pics when I'm all done if I can find a digital camera.

Muqatil
12/20/2006 8:52am,
If you can get your hands on some G10, that always makes a nice handle. You can grind it into whatever shape you want.

Pics?

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12/29/2006 7:16pm,
The blade ended up being shaped into a bowie knife on account of I didn't really like how it turned out as a smatchet, and the steel was kind of thin for that. Its got a ten inch blade, 20 degree angle on its primary edge and 30 on its back edge. Pl4sma should appreciate the guard.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g309/RossMakoske/2knives1.jpg
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g309/RossMakoske/knife2.jpg
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g309/RossMakoske/guard1.jpg

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1/30/2007 3:03am,
Finally finished. I'm not too happy about how it turned out, but its alright considering the tools I had to work with.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g309/RossMakoske/finishedknife2.jpg
I cut myself pretty good in the production process:
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g309/RossMakoske/cut.jpg
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g309/RossMakoske/bandaid.jpg

bricco
1/30/2007 7:18am,
A hint to obtain a quick mirror polishing: take a 300 or 500 grit sandpaper and paper glue it on a piece of thin cardboard. Draw a circle of approx. 5 cms' diameter, punch a hole in the center and cut along the circumference. Take a 2 mms screw and a fitting bolt, and mount the disk of sandpaper on it, then mount the whole thing on a drill. Always grind away from the edge of the blade.
It works better than its commercial equivalent and it's cheap.

bricco
1/30/2007 7:19am,
Besides, that handle totally needs some refining, man.

plasma
1/30/2007 8:00am,
Finally finished. I'm not too happy about how it turned out, but its alright considering the tools I had to work with.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g309/RossMakoske/finishedknife2.jpg


Looks like you cut the claws into studs. That will work better when striking with the handle.

Looks good.

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1/30/2007 3:08pm,
A hint to obtain a quick mirror polishing: take a 300 or 500 grit sandpaper and paper glue it on a piece of thin cardboard. Draw a circle of approx. 5 cms' diameter, punch a hole in the center and cut along the circumference. Take a 2 mms screw and a fitting bolt, and mount the disk of sandpaper on it, then mount the whole thing on a drill. Always grind away from the edge of the blade.
It works better than its commercial equivalent and it's cheap.

Good to know.

Dirty Rooster
2/01/2007 2:46pm,
It looks very strong!

And mean!

Petty Arson
2/01/2007 10:15pm,
okay forgive the noobness (or not) and can someone explain what a smatchet is exactly (or vaguely) ?

Rigel
2/01/2007 10:20pm,
okay forgive the noobness (or not) and can someone explain what a smatchet is exactly (or vaguely) ?

Use Google Image search:

http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=smatchet&btnG=Search+Images

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2/02/2007 12:45am,
A Smatchet is a British WW2 era short sword, designed mostly as a close quarters weapon (most big knives are a tool first and a weapon second). my blade originally had the leaf blade shape, but I didn't really like it.

Ken
2/02/2007 3:57am,
Basically a barong without the forward rake.