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Looking for input on hidden tang blade designs

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by groy87, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. groy87


    Feb 11, 2016
    After a lot of encouragement from fellow members on the forum I've finally decided to jump into the deep end and try my hand at making my own blades. I've sketched up several designs that draw inspiration from knife makers on and off the forum and adapted them to the hidden tang configurations that I am partial to. I would appreciate your thoughts on the general design and words of caution if any feature of the design (ex the plunge/bevel design) may be difficult for a newbie at blade grinding.

    I'm looking to develop a basic foundation before I try anything too fancy....and to minimize the amount of 'oops,' that will surely happen as I learn :D

    Thanks again!


  2. Frank Niro

    Frank Niro Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 10, 2000
    Good looking blade shapes, but do away with the choils. In fact they are a nuisance to have on the blade.
  3. kuraki

    kuraki Drinks Pearl in a can. Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 17, 2016
    I don't like them either but some customers want them. I don't mind the type like the third blade from the left in your first pic.

    The first one on the left will be the easiest to grind. Square or angled plunge- common consensus is that the plunge line should match your guard or bolster or scale angle. If the guard is square and plunge angled, some people think it looks wonky. Personally I don't mind and think perfectly square plunges often look wonky.

    You don't need so much radius on the shoulders where the tang meets the ricasso. A radius yes, but what you have drawn is just more work fitting the guard than necessary, in my opinion.

    Otherwise I think they all look like nice designs. Put a harpoon on the third from the left and you basically have my most requested knife design. I really like the first on the left and am making some very similar to that with full tangs as "tradesman" knives.

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