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September 19th, 2005

Talk like a pirate day [Sep. 19th, 2005|05:44 pm]
Doug Ayen
Just wondering, considering it's Talk Like A Pirate Day, if anyone would be interested in a cutlass? I was discussing the design considerations with some people over the weekend, and I know it's kinda hard to find a well designed and built cutlass. If there is interest, I'll make up a batch for sale. They look like fun to make.

(technical details: basically, they're fairly thin (about 3/16ths at the thickest, tapering to 1/8" for the final 2/3rds of the blade), with some distal taper, but not a whole lot. Edge needs to be hard and springy, but the back 2/3rds can be left soft to give added toughness. Ideal configurations would be either a Japanese style hardening, which would leave a nice hamon line, or for early period designs a wrough iron body with a hardened steel edge, which would give a nice pattern when etched. Overall length would be about 24", with 4" of handle and the remainder blade. Width is about 2" at the guard, swelling to 3.5" near the tip. Filework optional.)

Also working on a tanto for a charity auction this Friday. I thought the knife was ready-to-go, but it turns out there was blade corrosion, which means I had to completely re-polish the blade (did that at the event) and make a new sheath (tonight's project.) While I'm at it, I might redo the habaki and tsuba since I know how to do a better job now, but that will depend on how much time I can squeeze in before I hand it off to the auction Wed. I have a burl handle ready to go, so at least one bit won't need replacing.


--doug
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