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Making a guard


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Of course you can hot slit it,,And if you have alot of skill with that you can drift the hole to a real close fit and finish with files. I do not know of anyone that does those that way...You could also drill a line of holes smaller than the finished slot needs to be and file to fit...Or you could use a mill,,or you could have it laser cut or water jet cut. You really need a good book to work as a shop guide for this project as it requires a lot of skill and experience to fashion a sord and fit it properly. I always recommend that a new person to smithing spend a couple of years learning forging and metal work. then if blades call you a couple of years on knives...that time will allow you to follow your dreams where ever they take you. Without basics it is like entering a long distance car race without a motor.

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