Roundel Dagger by Iron John Logan. First posted in the Art of Weapons Facebook group Maker's Challenge December 2020
Forging the blade. Piled construction of wrought iron and 1075 steel edges
Cutting out silver and brass flutes for the holloware grip
adjusting the angles on all 6 flutes for the holloware grip
3 panels of 6 flutes tacked together
Holloware grip soldiered
Holloware grip planished and filed
Holloware grip on rough forged blade
Initial grind used and angle grinder. Maybe noobs are on to something, that was way easier and faster than establishing everything on the 2x72! At least when the blade billet is a heavy 1/2 of an inch thick....
Taking the plunge.... going to attempt wire inlay
first of 8 passes of engraving plus a dovetailing pass before I can get the wire in there
It's taking wire!
Patterning grip crowns
I love the geometry of working with sheet metal!
completed holloware grip
Rondels. Forged each piece of wrought iron into a donut so that the grain circles the tang. Bit tricky of a forge weld
cleaning up rondels
Filling holloware grip. Historically this would be cutler's resin, but I used two-part wood filler. I greased the tang first, so once hardened I can get the grip off again for final fitting.
Finishing touches before patina
Comparing patina to bare wrought iron.