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Make an Indian Katar Dagger - Part 3


In this part of the tutorial we continue working on the Indian Katar.

Part 1 of this tutorial, including the video is right here



The activator lever

Next we put the push/pull levers on the katar, both left and right. This picture shows the lever.








Glue the lever on

Glue the lever onto the spacer just as you see here. Center the hole around the ear on the sheath.

Do the same thing on the other side with the other lever and sheath.








Now you can gently pull on the lever to see if the sheath opens smoothly. Make any adjustments as needed for smooth opening.

The katar opens nicely but it doesn't close on its own. We will add some rubber bands to it in order to make it close automatically.




Draw four slots in the katar where the X's are. These are for the rubber bands.









Use a sharp knife and cut those four slots out.










Tie in rubber bands across each pair of slots like you see here. Notice how the handle is in the forward position up against the sheathes and the rubber bands are moderately taut. This is what will pull the handle closed.

Put a dab of glue on those rubber band knots so they don't come undone.






Test it to see that it opens and closes smoothly. Pull the handle and it opens, release the handle and it closes on its own because of the rubber bands.



Ok! The assembly is done. Let's paint it!



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