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Stag Backpacker Knife and the Workbench

I just finished putting the final edge on this little backpacker’s knife. I forged this one out of that high manganese 1084 carbon steel I’ve been using lately (I really like this stuff). After I forged, ground, and heat treated the blade I drew back theĀ tang and spine with a torch, hand rubbed the flats to an 800 grit satin finish, andĀ slapped on a nice set of sambar stag scales.


The handle scales are held on with a thin layer of epoxy and some stainless steel pins that I peened over slightly to keep things nice and tight. I also put in a stainless steel lined thong hole at the heel. The blade on this knife is a hair over 5 inches and the overall length is about 10 inches. Next, I’ll need to make a leather sheath to carry it in.


Meanwhile, I have several other knives in various stages of completion cluttering up my workbench, and hopefully I’ll get a few more completed soon.


More to come soon… I hope