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Small Tanto

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This is a small tanto I made for my brother. Handle is the end of a broom. Blade is 4 inches. Polished and sharpened.
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Definitely a place to start from. I think you might want to extend the steel a bit further into the handle though. I think the basic rule of thumb is to have the steel at least 3/4 into the handle for stability. Have you had a chance to pick up any books yet? If not it might give you a leg up and help you get past some of the harder things to learn on your own. Whatever you do just keep at it untill you get where you want to be.

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very good, what shap of meterial did you start from? (ie. roundstock, barstock, ect..) and do you know what type of steel it is? what did you quench in? what temper color did you draw too? wow, thats quite a few questions. sorry, just don't answer the ones you don't know.

looks much better than all of my beggining tries. nice work!

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Candidquality, I have gotten and read a few books from my library, but none of them go into details on bladesmithing. squeezplay, I started from bar stock, no idea on the steel type. Quenched in water, dont know what temper colour.

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I would recommend going here Books by Jim Hrisoulas
Some great books and when he's not so busy you might see him lurking around here. Nothing beats having a hands on instructor in the room with you. But these might help you past a few problems you might have run into.

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