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Round Tang Kits With Guard and Pommel



This guide is for the Texas Bowie kit, Frontier Bowie kit, and Cape Skinner kit and the instructions below can be applied to most round (hidden tang) blades.

MATERIALS:

TOOLS

  • Files
  • Vise
  • A sander and buffer will make the project easier, but is not completely necessary if you are a novice

PLEASE READ PROCEDURE CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU BEGIN.

PROCEDURE

  1. Over sharp edge of blade with masking tape.
  2. If necessary, deburr flat side of threaded tang area with a file so that guard will slide on tang. Only small amount of metal removal is required.
  3. Slide front guard onto tang.
  4. You may want to reshape the front guard to suit your personal taste, this can completely change the overall look of your completed knife.
  5. Slide handle material on the tang snugly up against the front guard. Check to see that your handle fits properly against the guard. If not, remove handle material as necessary by filing or sanding.
  6. Screw on pommel.
  7. Check to make sure handle material fits flatly and squarely against the pommel. If not, file and sand the handle material to fit.
  8. Scribe ends of handle material to shape of pommel, reshape pommel as desired.
  9. Determine shape and size desired for your custom handle. Disassemble and remove excess material with files, belt sander or any sanding power tool available. Be careful not to remove material closer than scribe marks for guards.
  10. Fill hole with epoxy. Thin wood slivers may be used to help fill the area if desired. Reassemble using epoxy to hold all parts together. Screw end cap on as tightly as possible. ALLOW TO DRY OVERNIGHT
  11. Clean up any epoxy that may have seeped out, then clean and polish your handle.
  12. Remove masking tape and sharpen your blade to a keen edge.

YOUR BLADE IS NOW READY TO USE!