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    Making a sgian achlain (gesundhiet)

    Was hunting around the internet trying to find an armpit dagger. Lots out there, but just spent a pretty penny for a murdoch pistol so no more toys for a while.
    Was cleaning out the man cave (well grotto, anyway) and spied an old period butter knife I've never used.

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    It has a pretty hefty blade.

    Here is phase 1.
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    Straightened out the top and smoothed it. (With a dremel tool)

    I'll cut off the bottom to make a wedge shape this weekend.

    More later...
    Konn
    Last edited by Guinach; 27th December 12 at 06:02 PM.

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    Off to an excellent start -- I'm looking forward to seeing how it progresses!!
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    Here is the model, among others...

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    Great idea! I have a number of period table knives like that in our camp chest. May have to sacrifice one of them....
    Brian

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    Phase 2
    Did some more shaping of the blade.

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    Smoothed and began shaping the edge, which will take some time because the blade is pretty thick.
    I'll start working on the scabbard as well.

    and here is Phase 3
    the almost final product.
    Grinded the edge down to something serviceable if not yet sharp. Shaped the point. Polished all the metal with brick dust, olive oil and a leather strap to get most of the grinding marks out.

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    A dozen events or so, and the grinding marks will be gone and the olive oil/brick dust gives it a great gunmetal-gray patina.
    Konn
    Last edited by Guinach; 30th December 12 at 03:49 PM.

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    Total Cost,
    $0.00 since everything needed was already lying around and just re-purposed an unused knife.
    !!

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    Will you put the decorative file marks on the spine (typical of Scottish sgians)?

    Brian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodsheal View Post
    Will you put the decorative file marks on the spine (typical of Scottish sgians)?


    Not purely decorative! As a weapon, they're designed to do maximum flesh damage when "inserted" between an enemy's ribs!
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    I'm thinking about it.
    I have to see if I have a file or grindstone that will make the cuts.
    The other problem is the thickness of the blade. It's on the narrow side...

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    Might try putting on the false edge and shallower notches.
    Last edited by Guinach; 1st January 13 at 04:22 PM.

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