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#5851178 - 07/27/15 09:26 PM Did I Ruin This Blade?
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I got a bit overzealous while hollowing the handle and ended up much narrower around the edges than I really wanted. The steel is 3/16" thick O1. The narrowest spot is a bit over 1/8" wide. I'd prefer the handle to have a bit more "meat" around the edges but I think it will be ok. What do you think, strong enough?

The scales are going to be carbon fiber or G10 bolted together with three 8-32 screws, so that should add a bit more strength.

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#5851190 - 07/27/15 09:36 PM Re: Did I Ruin This Blade? [Re: Misfire]
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#5851220 - 07/27/15 09:57 PM Re: Did I Ruin This Blade? [Re: Misfire]
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One of the features of a Bob Lovess knife is that he often tapered the tangs. I don't think taking a little extra off will hurt anything.
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#5851247 - 07/27/15 10:18 PM Re: Did I Ruin This Blade? [Re: Misfire]
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I always take a bit of excess out of the tangs to reduce weight and and balance the knife better but on this particular knife I took more than I typically do. I can't grind worth a darn so I don't do tapered tangs. I would imagine tapered tangs are a stronger option to reducing weight than what I do because of the intact tang but I really can't say for sure.

This one has more "meat" left on the outside edges of the tang and I'm much more confident in it's strength. The knife I posted above, I'm not so sure about.


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#5852647 - 07/28/15 08:09 PM Re: Did I Ruin This Blade? [Re: Misfire]
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PUT THE SCALES ON IT AND SEND TO ME FOR PRODUCT TESTING !
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#5854044 - 07/29/15 03:59 PM Re: Did I Ruin This Blade? [Re: Misfire]
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Might make it a little harder to balance, but shouldn't affect the strength of the handle with those type of scales bolted to it.
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#5866000 - 08/06/15 10:31 AM Re: Did I Ruin This Blade? [Re: Misfire]
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It will be fine; you have a lot more steel on the handle than most hidden tang knives.


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#5867432 - 08/07/15 05:54 AM Re: Did I Ruin This Blade? [Re: Misfire]
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I agree...I wouldn't worry about it
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