Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A pair of short bush swords

This pair of bush swords was ordered by a custom knife dealer who has been a good customer. :) He wanted me to match a couple that he had ordered in the past, with similar but slightly different blade profiles.

The blades are 12" long, forged from 5160 and given my standard triple normalized, triple hardened, triple tempered heat treatment I use for that steel. Integral socket handles, one deliberately given more drop than the other.

Just prior to heat treatment:

And after heat treatment, with the handles wrapped in hemp cord with cotton cord two-strand Turk's head knots, all sealed with black shellac. The cutting edges are shaving sharp.

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