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Ericfg

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Meaning I have a full tang that is not even remotely close to the same thickness from bolster to end. Is there something that can fill the gaps between the flat, straight scales and a wavy tang profile?

I suppose I could color/dye some epoxy and apply that to the tang and sand it flat but that seems like a lot of work. Or inject it into the gaps...?

Have you ever seen some material that can expand and contract into gaps or voids between the scales and tang?
 

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if the gaps are small and not structurally necessary you can use super glue + dye. fiber liners are somewhat compressible but not like a foam or anything.
 

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if the gaps are small and not structurally necessary
The tang is ~5mm at the bolster and narrows rapidly to ~2.5mm in the center and then gets a bit wider at the end (~3mm). So it's a major, relatively, deviation. Plus there's major pitting on the tang as well.
 

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If you intend for the handle install not to be permanent, you can use hot/melt glue to secure the handle. And fill in any gap where the tang goes into the handle with beeswax. For a permanent solution, use epoxy.

The bottom of the hole only needs to be big enough for the end of the tang. Some friction fit will help secure it better.
 

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I should've clarified that this is a full, Western tang that'll be exposed when the 2 scales are installed.
 

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If you intend for the handle install not to be permanent, you can use hot/melt glue to secure the handle. And fill in any gap where the tang goes into the handle with beeswax. For a permanent solution, use epoxy.

The bottom of the hole only needs to be big enough for the end of the tang. Some friction fit will help secure it better.
I like this. Dye the epoxy to fill the gaps. I have done this but slightly differently.
 

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Convert it to hidden tang.
 

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I should've clarified that this is a full, Western tang that'll be exposed when the 2 scales are installed.
Oh. Ignore me then.
 
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