tang clamp

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The other day I posted a picture of this clamp I made and someone asked me to post a picture of it in use! I got a knife ready today for a guard, so I got a few pictures.
It just holds the clamp in place while soldering a guard on a hidden tang knife.
These are sold on Uncle Al's site. I just made my own to stay in practice!
 
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Very nice! I'm not that imaginative and just use an old valve spring with the tang through it and cinched up in the vise so it exerts a little pressure on the guard to hold it in place.
 
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Mike, I used to do the same thing and have valve springs laying all over. I usually throw them at the squirrels.
Now I use this guard clamp because I solder the guard from the rear! Can't do that with the spring in the way.
No solder out front.
 
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Thanks, rlinger. I forge all my stuff down from 1" stock, so it's a little difficult to get good dimension with out a surface grinder. That guard's a little sloppy, but I tightened it up! Set it on the anvil and give it a good WHACK!
 
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Also, notice that little pin hole in the back of the guard? There's one on theother side, too. They're for alignment pins that go into the face of the handle material about 3/16" so the handle can't in any way twist at all! Also, up until final assembly, I can "work" the knife assembly and have everything remain together and in alignment. Know what I mean? Sand and grind the guard/handle union and have it remain stationary. Every time you put it together, it's in EXACTLY the same place!
Also, this is a mortised Micarta handle. These two pins will ensure the mortised sides CAN NOT! come apart! Ever!
 
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kbaknife said:
The other day I posted a picture of this clamp I made and someone asked me to post a picture of it in use! I got a knife ready today for a guard, so I got a few pictures.
It just holds the clamp in place while soldering a guard on a hidden tang knife.
These are sold on Uncle Al's site. I just made my own to stay in practice!

I'm giving you the Higgins Gadget & Jig Seal of Approval on this one! :thumbup:
 
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