Steel is  1080            Scales are Mahogany

As with other stock removal knives of mine, the profile was marked out with a maker. The basic shape was uncomplicated and that of a typical hunting knife.

The U shaped brass finger guard was fitted buy cutting the slot, then slowly filing it until it fit. The blade was also filed slightly to create a very shallow shoulder for the brass to slide up to. It was then drilled for 2 brass 1/8” rods which were peened on (after heat treating).

The cap was fitted in the same manner, but it was held in place by peening the tang.

Knife 45 - U shaped Brass Finger Guard

Both the cap and finger guard were fitted prior to the bevel being ground.

I made a small mistake on the scales when I put it together. I didn’t make the scales flush with the top of the cut out for the cap. My thought was peeing would tighten the whole thing. What I didn’t anticipate was the small gap. It’s not a terrible gap, but I know it’s there.

So, the lesson learned is dry fit your design and inspect it very carefully. I should have caught the mistake, but I did not.

Knife 45 - U shaped Brass Finger Guard
Knife 45 - U shaped Brass Finger Guard
Knife 45 - U shaped Brass Finger Guard
Knife 45 - U shaped Brass Finger Guard
Knife 45 - U shaped Brass Finger Guard

Although not completely necessary, i slightly taper the holes from each side to help the peening action hold the guard in place.

Knife 45 - U shaped Brass Finger Guard

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