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Recurve fighter with Wenge and Micarta Build Along

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I drew up a design, and got to forging the knife from some 1/4" x 1" 1075.  The blade is 8" in length, 1 1/4" tall.

It's not my regular style of as forged finish, but it should be nice no less.

Here are some photos of the progress...


The concept:

Mid Forging:

As forged:

After some intimacy with the grinder and a 50gr belt:












I made the guard out of black linen micarta and put a wenge handle on it. I heat treated it tonight as well. It's got a differential heat treatment, edge quench. I just have to finish sand the handle. I always plan on doing the blades like this with a clean satin finish but I love the way they look after normalizing cycles and the quench.

So here it is as of now... A few hours of hand sanding and it should be good to go. This blade is so light, its crazy. I'd say this one is lighter than a drifter as well.


This thing is SUPER light weight and feels great in the hand! It was forged from 1/4" x 1" 1075. The knife measures about 14" in overall length. It's got an 8 1/2" cutting edge. The blade is 1 5/16" tall. The spine thickness starts at 1/4" and tapers evenly to 1/16" at the tip. There is a 45deg bevel/chamfer/false edge along the first 6" of the spine. The blade has a slight recureve to it with a drop of about 1/8" along the edge. The tip of the blade sits about 1/8" under the center-line. The handle is 5" in length and 7/8" tall at the narrowest, and 1 3/16" at the palm swell. The handle measures 3/4" thick at the guard and is 15/16" thick at the palm swell. There is a single 1/8" brass pin through the handle and tang.

Here are a few photos of the finished knife. It still needs some more oil on the handle and the edge needs to spend some more time on the wet stones.






Thanks for looking,
Matt P.


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Tantrum, the blade is just as it was from normalizing hardening and tempering, with a little oil on it.

Thank you Zanshin. I don't like grinding, so I try to get them 90% shaped with the hammer instead of 10% hammered and 90% ground - not that there is anything wrong with ether way..

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I can totally Understand. Plus, hammering gives to the metal better mechanical properties and allows you to save a lot of metal, which is very important sometimes. However, to hammer-shape so precisely, one has to be very, very, very good at forging. Again, wonderful job!!!!

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