Needle files, I got cheapo chinese diamond needle files from Harbor Freight or Tractor Supply.
Use a sharpie, color the Inside of the guard.
Fit it to the tang, pull it off, and file a little where it rubs.
If you take your time it will appear as if there is no seam.
I've did an Cold Steel SRK...
I've come full circle too.
Mora, Opinel, SAK, and Chinese made Buck StockmanFTW.
I used to turn my nose up at anything less than $100.
I still have a few of them.
And yes, 440C can be very well done. I have some kitchen knives made by an older gentleman who worked in nothing but 440C...
I had a gap like that in mine. I dribbled epoxy through that gap before sanding them down.
After sanding them I gave them a few coats of minwax wood hardener, then some type of oil finish. I think BLO.
I like your home made micarta.
From the video it appears that they heat treat and quench the entire head.
However, wouldn't the edge heat/cool faster than the other thicker parts?
Allowing the edge to be harder than the rest of the body?
Been looking for online reviews, and I havent found any.
I thought there might be some in the "blunt object/weapon" threads here and in Practical Tactical, but I havent found any there either.
Anyways, I'm interested in the Octagon Tire Knockers, the Stockman's Walking Canes, and the...
Thin vs thick.
Thin can be used for everything but breaking down primal cuts. Research Nakaris, thin vegetable knives that are awesome for what they do.
Then research Chinese Chefs knife.
You don't have to spend much. Well... Unless you want to.
Think of it this way. If you had to feed a couple...
I have several Imcasa machetes.
My most often used is the 14" bolo, it looks like a duckbill. Lots
Lots Of thin steel out front if you wanted to grind
It into a 14" clip point and sharpen it like a Bowie.
I use the back side for roots and grubbing around.
I also have a 36" Imcasa Latin machete...
Chefs Knives to Go has a lot of great YouTube videos on the products that he offers.
Incredible stuff that is hard to find elsewhere on his site.
I've ordered this and that from him, but nothing in the over $100 before. I have plans to though.