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    I say go all-out with the handle, but take your time like said above.

    That's an awesome trick, and it's a great looking blade.

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    That looks awesome man!! I would say do a little practice handle and get your bearings first then work on a final handle for it!!

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    I missed the whole Forgecraft story, but this really looks nice, great job. The handle doesn't look bad, but I would probably also try and go all the way. Of course, I still haven't made a Western handle myself, so I should probably just shut up

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    Update with questions.

    HELP! I want to jump in this thing in the worst way. But I want to do it right. I got the old handle off, it was easier than I thought it would be too.

    I have layed out what I think I should do to the tang. Too short? Thoughts? Also I'm thinking a one piece handle for the first try is the way to go. Thoughts? Got some blocks at Woodcraft today. Hopefully I can get one decent handle between them.




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    The steel under that old handle looks great. The tang looks a little short try to extend it past the second rivet hole. I hope you don't mind me adding a pic to your thread. Forgive me please
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    What are the woods you got?
    I assume you are going full-on wa with the tang you're going for?
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    Yes, full-on WA has been my goal from the start really. The dark wood is ironwood, and the lighter color one I don't know. I got it from the $3 a lb. bin at Woodcraft based on it's size more than anything else.

    mhenrey, pics are awesome! That picture is exactly why I asked this. The small cleaver conversion you did had the tang cut closer to how I layed mine out. I looked at the pictures again and it made me wonder. If you hadn't noticed I am very much running a copycat on what you did in that Forgecraft thread, I hope YOU don't mind. Thanks!

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    I don't mind at all, its cool that you are using my thread as a guide Let me re-phrase, TRY to keep the tang as long as possible. The tang you have laid out will work fine. I just think the longer the tang the stronger the knife will be. I could be wrong though

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    The tough part for me in relation to the tang will be drilling the handle. The longer the tang the harder it will be for me to drill. The bits I have that are the proper size are fairly short.

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    Looks great, but would be a shame if you converted the handle to wa.

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