Knife guard question

Discussion in 'Self-made Gear' started by Vpetrell, May 16, 2018.

  1. Vpetrell

    Vpetrell Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2015
    Messages:
    445
    Likes Received:
    1,541
    Location:
    Cincinnati
    question for those more knowledgeable than myself.

    I’m in the process of making a few blades...just got my steel, will be doing some wip’s on here soon.

    My question is, with guards, and pommels, do they need to be heat treated? Or are they good to go with no ht?

    Thanks

    VP
     
    central joe, MrFixIt and mugsy like this.
  2. mugsy

    mugsy Guide

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    May 5, 2017
    Messages:
    1,571
    Likes Received:
    7,220
    Location:
    Albany NY
    heat treating not necessary for guards and pommel only if you wanna make a skullcracker.
    Brass is often used for both and is soft metal.
     
    central joe, MrFixIt and Madwell like this.
  3. Mikewood

    Mikewood Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2013
    Messages:
    2,375
    Likes Received:
    4,283
    Think abou It this way. Only heat treat parts that are required to be both hard or strong and tough. Ie Blades and tools. Things like guards that protect you and weight balance items don’t need it.
     
  4. Daniel Klinglesmith

    Daniel Klinglesmith Ornory Old Dog Supporter Banned

    Blog Posts:
    1
    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2018
    Messages:
    1,033
    Likes Received:
    5,869
    Location:
    Louisville, KY
    Just don't forget to drill your pin holes for gaurds and scales where needed and thread for the pommel before HT.
     
  5. Unistat76

    Unistat76 Nerd Supporter Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2012
    Messages:
    2,514
    Likes Received:
    7,439
    Location:
    SE Michigan
    FWIW, I'd rather have a guard bend on me (soft) than snap (hard) with sharp edges.
     
    central joe, MrFixIt and Madwell like this.
  6. Vpetrell

    Vpetrell Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2015
    Messages:
    445
    Likes Received:
    1,541
    Location:
    Cincinnati
    Good news I suppose. Thanks all for the info


    VP
     
    central joe likes this.
  7. anno lynke

    anno lynke Tracker

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2013
    Messages:
    158
    Likes Received:
    334
    only if you want you guards, and pommels to hold an edge
     
    central joe likes this.

Share This Page