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Forge a steel sword quickly - Part 4

In this part of the tutorial we take the sword into the shop and finish it off.

Part 1 of this tutorial is here



Center punch locaitons

We are going to add a handle to this sword. And to do this we drill two holes in the tang. Use a center punch and mark the location of two holes.


Drill holes

And drill out two quarter inch holes.


Handle wood


Cut a piece of wood to about the size of the handle you want. And then cut it in half length wise. Here you see that I have cut a piece of wood to about handle size and I am scribing a line down the center length of it so I can cut it in half.


Drill handle wood

Clamp the tang to those handle halves and drill through the wooden handles.


Gorilla glue

We are going to glue and pin the wood handle halves to the tang.

Glue handles to tang

Apply a liberal amount of glue to all the pieces and glue them together.



Insert wooden pins into the holes and clamp the whole assembly down.


Rasp handle shape

Once the glue has dried we rasp the handle into a comfortable shape.


Sand handle

Sand the handle smooth.


Apply tung oil

Apply tung oil to the handle.


File sword edge

Now you can bevel the edges of the sword with a belt sander or a file.



And That's it! Your sword is done.

The finished sword



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The Complete Bladesmith: Forging Your Way To Perfection

Looking for instructions in bladesmithing that'll put you on the cutting edge of the custom blade market? Then this definitive guide to forging world-class blades is for you. Written by a master bladesmith, this book tells you how to set up your forge, select your materials, fashion grips and hilts, grind edges and much more!



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