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How to Make a Dagger - part 3

In this part of the tutorial we finish making the temporary handle.


Clamp the wood to the handle

Next I cut myself two pieces of hardwood that will become the handle. They are a little bit and a little long. ( I am using purpleheart wood)

Put the brass guard on the knife then clamp one of those wood handle pieces to the knife right in the proper position.


Purpleheart 3/8" x 1-1/2" x 5" Knife Scale 2-piece

A knife scale is a pair of wood pieces made specifically for knife handles. Just make sure it is bigger than the knife handle you are making.

Drill the holes

Then drill through the holes in the knife handle and right through the wooden handle piece. This puts those handle holes in the right spot.


Drill second half

Now, one half of the handle is drilled. Clamp the second half onto that whole assembly.

The picture shows the drilled half is underneath. And the new half is on top.

Now flip is over and drill through those holes until you drill all the way through the whole assembly.

Pin the sides together

Then you can put wooden quarter inch pins through the whole thing. This is just a temporary setup so we can work on the shape of the handle. We will be removing those pins so the blade can be hardened and tempered.

Trim those pins down with a saw.

Shaping the handle with a rasp

Now you can use a variety of tools to shape the handle into the desired shape. I clamped it in a vise and used a rasp. This makes easy work and quick.


Handle is complete

Ok and there we go. The handle is shaped and complete. See the wooden pins? Now we can take this thing apart and harden and temper the blade. Then we will reassemble it using permanent brass pins.


NextOk, Let's harden and temper the blade of this dagger




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