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Khyber Knife

Discussion in 'Siegle Knives' started by Bill Siegle, May 20, 2018.

  1. Bill Siegle

    Bill Siegle KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 3, 2000
    Finally got around to making a Khyber Knife or a Charay. Been wanting to try one of these forever but just hadn't gotten around to it. Using my Reality Check recipe, I made this version this weekend :) about 23in overall with a 17 3/8in blade from 1/4in thick 5160. I don't forge so instead of the "T" back spine, I kept the full thickness of the blade to just before the point. This cuts with real authority!!!! Very sword like for sure! Very fun and challenging piece. DSCF7714.JPG
     
  2. SpySmasher

    SpySmasher Lead Guitar Platinum Member

    Sep 1, 2016
    Wow. Awesome. Love it.
     
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  3. gunspease

    gunspease Gold Member Gold Member

    98
    Nov 9, 2002
    That looks good Bill
     
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  4. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    nice
     
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  5. willrise

    willrise Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 9, 2003
    Sweet... Any coming up for sale??
     
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  6. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    That's a good looking knife.

    n2s
     
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  7. Bill Siegle

    Bill Siegle KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 3, 2000
    Eventually this one will make it to market :) I think this size might be a one of a kind but I’m already thinking of a smaller sized version. Lots of possibilities with the concept.
     
  8. willrise

    willrise Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 9, 2003
    Sweet, Not sure if you recall that big black Khyber you made for me some years back! I was trying to find Pix o fit but could not. I sure do miss it.
     
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  9. Bill Siegle

    Bill Siegle KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 3, 2000
    I do recall those! They were born from the same concept but took a little bit of diversion from traditional designs.
     
  10. protourist

    protourist “Where's that confounded bridge?" Platinum Member

    Aug 19, 2007
    Oooooh, I like that.
     
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  11. scrappy

    scrappy

    844
    Jul 7, 2007
    Nice work Bill
     
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  12. WILLIAM.M

    WILLIAM.M Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 14, 2006
    Sweetness!!
     
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  13. Bill Siegle

    Bill Siegle KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 3, 2000
    I couldn't leave it alone! After handling it for a few days, I decided to change it just a bit by raising the bevels a bit and eliminating the wide flats on the blade. Wish I'd have weighed it prior but it is now 2 pounds. The extra material removal moved the balance a little more towards the handle and it now balances about 2.5in in front of the handle. The spine itself is still full thickness to within 1.5in from the point. I thought I was happy with it before but now it feels even better in my hand!!! DSCF7736.JPG
     
  14. WILLIAM.M

    WILLIAM.M Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 14, 2006
    Bad to the Bone!!
     
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  15. scrappy

    scrappy

    844
    Jul 7, 2007
    Nice work Bill. What is the story behind that design. I assume it's supposed to be good for something other than stabbing
     
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  16. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    Despite appearances, Khyber knives were historically used for slashing rather than stabbing.

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    Bill, it would be cool if you could add a small fuller near the spine, for 1/2 to 2/3 of the blade length. It would give the whole the appearance of the classic T spine.

    n2s
     
    Last edited: May 28, 2018
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  17. Bill Siegle

    Bill Siegle KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 3, 2000
    I believe the skinny point was designed to pierce chain mail armor. The original T shaped spines add rigidity to the thin edges and increase lateral strength. It’s a very efficient design and well thought out for it’s intended purposes. In this size, it is suitable for knife and short sword roles. I’d think they were used similarly to how the Samurai used the wakazashi.
     
  18. other memory

    other memory Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 15, 2012
    Nice piece. Over and over and over you bust out unique work. Keep it sharp! Hardy har har...
     
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