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    Re: Make your own Athame

    I am thoroughly impressed, Corbin.

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    Re: Make your own Athame

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    Re: Make your own Athame

    Quote Originally Posted by B. de Corbin View Post
    Thjoth, when you put the blade in the vice, what do you use to protect it from the jaws? The paper towel trick won't work if you clamp hard enough to hold the blade while you are hammering. Do wooden blocks work?

    I knew the trick about making the slot just a tiny bit too small, but I never thought about staking it in - the would really hold the guard in there nicely.
    Wooden blocks should work, theoretically. The guy that taught me the trick had some old rubber pads that he'd cut out of an old pickup truck bed liner that he used, and that kept the blade from getting all marred up. The few times I've rehandled blades, I've used a similar piece of rubber padding, although mine came from the rubber floor mat that lines the bottom of a horse stall. That seems to be the best solution. Something else he did was stick another wooden block under the point of the knife as it stuck through the vice, so if it did slip, it would drive into the wood and hopefully stop there so that it wouldn't slam into anything that might break the point. With blades that have as many hours as he puts into them, a broken point REALLY sucks, so he does all he can to keep that from happening.
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    Re: Make your own Athame

    I have some rubber mat used to hold boards in place while I sand or route them - a little chunk of that would work perfectly. I have a rondel dagger in the works, and I want to peen the end, but I've been worrying that I won't be able to hold it securely enough in the vice. The matting and some thin hardwood blocks ought to do it.

    That's a good tip on protecting the tip - I dropped a blade once and it was a royal pain refiling the tip configuration... it was already in the handle, so I couldn't just get a new blade.
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    Oh, but I've enjoyed this thread! I might never make one myself, but I've really enjoyed - and appreciated - seeing how it can be done! Absolutely wonderful!
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    Re: Make your own Athame

    Quote Originally Posted by Thjoth View Post
    Wooden blocks should work, theoretically. The guy that taught me the trick had some old rubber pads that he'd cut out of an old pickup truck bed liner that he used, and that kept the blade from getting all marred up.
    Wooden blocks work just fine. I use a set of pine blocks while I'm fitting the grip furniture on the swords I make. Pine is nice and soft so it grips well and conforms to midribs, fullers, or even just the typical diamond cross section found on many blades.

    I really do like the rubber idea though. Depending on the type of rubber it probably works even better than wooden blocks.

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