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Issue #216 January 2009


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These are simple handles that require basic techniques suitable for beginning blacksmiths. The first step is to split the ends of square stock by sawing or hot cutting. Hot cutting is the traditional method, but sawing is easier and less time consuming. Both methods are shown.

A triangular cross section is required for this handle. Since this shape isnít available as bar stock it is necessary to swage it first. We didnít have the 5/8Ē V-groove swage block, so one had to be made before work on the handle began. Making the block is a simple 3-part process: groove with a hot cut, fuller with a piece of square stock, and weld on a hardy stem.