Knife 33 – Hidden Tang Antler Handled Hunter
The Knife 33 – Hidden Tang Antler Handled Hunter knife was made from a file using the stock removal technique.
I typically anneal the files buy heating them to nonmagnetic then just shutting down the forge and sitting some firebrick to close of the doors. I leave them over night. Another process I have used with success is heating the files to nonmagnetic then putting them in a container with wood ashes. Again, just leave them overnight.
Day 1 started at 12pm, done at 4pm
- Layout. I designed based on the file size and what I was trying to achieve.
- I cut the jimping. I marked grooves 5/16″ apart (see Adding Jimping to your knife )
- I cut a rough profile with the bandsaw
Then I went to the grinder and ground and finished up to 320 grit
The bevel was ground with the bevel jig
- Added touch mark
- Hand sanded the knife. I started with 100 grit and went to 600 grit I found a piece of brass to make the finger guard. I used the milling machine to cut out the finger guard but drilling a couple holes and filing with a round or needle nose file works as well.
- I fitted the finger guard. Final fitting was completed by hand filing.
- Last thing of the day was Heat treating the knife
- Hand sanded again (I eventually learned not to do this twice)
- Fitted the finger guard
- Drilled and fitted the antler epoxy the antler on
A little research showed that there are several ways to mount antler on a hidden tang knife.
You can burn the antler in. Like burning in a wood handle. You drill a hole smaller than the tang. Heat the tang and push the handle down on the tang so it burns in. You repeat the process until the handle is in place. You’d want to do this before heat treating or wrap the blade with a wet cloth. I tried this process, but it didn’t work very well on this antler so I decided to file it out.
You can also boil the antler then push the antler on the tang. You repeat this process until the antler is all the way on. Try to push straight with no side to side movement. Once in place hold it until the antler cools. The material will cool and bond like glue and hold the handle in place like it was epoxied on.
I filed the hole until I was able to get the antler in place. I then filled the void with epoxy and clamped it to dry. I wiped any excess epoxy with a rag and denatured alcohol.