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How to Make a Hidden Tang Knife

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This instructable will teach you how to make a Hidden Tang knife on your own. It will walk you the process from start to finish. When completed, you will have a One of Kind, Hand Crafted Creation that you designed and made yourself.

With a hidden tang knife the tang goes through the center of the handle not to be seen. Opposed to a full tang knife whose tang is the actual size of the handle and you can see it all the way around the outside of the handle.
 
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Step 1: Step 1

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Get your plan organized.

You will have to decide on the type of knife that you would like to fit your needs. Do you want this knife to be collectible or functional? After deciding that, you will need to chose the size of the blade that you want and the type of handle that will be used. How many parts do you want to make your knife out of? Do you want to use spacers? You also want to keep in mind what price range you would like to stay in while making these decisions.

After your plan is put together and organized, you will want to sketch out a design of the handle that you want to make.

*Just a Reminder. Make sure all of your parts are finished and polished to your desire before assembly. This will save you much grief when your blade is attached*

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Building your dream knife is now about to begin...

You will begin with taking a threaded rod (I prefer 1/2" round) and cutting it down to your desired length. Depending on the size and shape of the knife tang, you will need to drill out the threaded rod.. In order to do this, you will need to drill a hole down the center of the length approximately 5/16" - 3/8" round and 2 1/2" - 3" deep. If dealing with a squared tang, it will have to be cut to the length size and sanded down to the thickness for a round hole.
I think the threaded rod is called rebar
no, threaded rod is just that, threaded rod. Rebar is for reinforcing concrete its scrap metal thats been melted its scrap bar of varying hardness. It looks like a round cylinder with little outcroppings.
oh, I think I found that out a couple months ago.
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DV Customs (author) 4 years ago
These are a few I just finished up, They are stocking up now that every ones out of work, But whwn things pick back up, I'll be rady,
jakee1175 years ago
this is beautiful. It should be featured.
DV Customs (author)  jakee1175 years ago
You may be right, But I am hoping a customer I have picks them up.
He doesn't like feathers.
ironsmiter5 years ago
Nicely done 'ible This technique would work wonderfully for a display knife. and that brass sure does shine up pretty :-) Can also be done(but with more work) by grinding down a full-tang blade, and using a die to thread the end. I have an old k-bar knife that was made that way. Wierd to see javascript in a pdf file but... virus scanner checked it out as clean, so Whatever floats :-)
DV Customs (author)  ironsmiter5 years ago
I have done a few like you said, but found that it was not as strong as the ones I make now. Yes most of the dagger are pretty displays, but daggers don't have to much use other than a boot knife. You can buy blades with the end of the tang threaded and squeeze all the parts together and hope they stay lined up after you drop it on the ground. The one part I left out was a damage test I did to one of my bowies. It started as trying to get one of my earlier handles off the blade so I could redo it. Well after a few smacks with a 18 oz. hammer I found myself aggravated and really pounded on the knife only to find that I messed up the wood parts fairly well. But pommel to guard stayed intact and was usable for any job given to a knife. My custom knives weight 2 to 3 times your average store bought knife, unless it's designed for another purpose, like throwing. Even then, some of them were quite heavy. That's why I put my own guarantee on my knives because I know that they will hold up to any task given. Sure my collector knives may have sensitive handles, such as marble, mother of pearl, turquoise. etc: Those are said to be collector items and not work knives. my bowies will still slash and do a lot of harm, and all will go through a 1" thick rope with one pull with the right person cutting the rope.
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DV Customs (author) 5 years ago
For any questions about this article or about any of the knives, you may contact me from here or eBay. I sell custom made knives and daggers there, usually list a new one or two every week. Just look up Dragon's Venture on eBay.
are you still allowed to sell knives on ebay? I thought they'd banned them, with a few exception. I'm in the UK though. E
DV Customs (author)  emmerich455 years ago
Can't ship out side USA.
ahh so they didn't ban them there, typical england, you can still buy cut throat razors and military bayonets etc, just aslong as it isn't too shiny :p E