Step 8: Handle or tang

Picture of Handle or tang
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Oops, cut the handle a little short. Oh well, design modification time. Instead of a full tang this one will be a rat-tail tang. I'm not impressed enough with the overall shape to try an make a looped blacksmith's handle.

Drawing out the handle is done by heating it up, hitting it a few times on one side, then rotate it 90 degrees and hit it a few times, rotate back and repeat.