Monthly Archives: February 2012

Ants Miseretto part 9 – Risk Reduction

Now that my “canvas” is completed, it’s time to turn my efforts to the design phase of the project.  I’ve spent an awful lot of time making the knife, and I’m concerned about inlaying the gold ants in the shibuichi. … Continue reading

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Ants Miseretto part 8

Finally!  Today I finished the canvas! Above, I took corners off of the shibuichi scales, using my belt grinder. Then, I started draw filing the edges, working them down even with the steel edges of the blade. Here you can … Continue reading

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Ants Miseretto part 7

Today I worked on getting the shibuichi handle scales installed.  Above, I’ve cut the two scales out from the shibuichi sheet.  You can still see the paper pattern rubber-cemented onto one of the scales. Above, I’m temporarily super gluing one … Continue reading

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Ants Miseretto part 6 – Ant Punches

A while back I was playing around making some punches and came up with the idea of ants.  The first ones are those shown outlined in red, in intaglio style – I think that’s the proper term, they are sunk completely … Continue reading

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Ants Miseretto part 5

Not much happening here, but the blade has soaked in vinegar all night to dissolve the scale created during the blade forging and hot rolling during the creation of the original steel bar. And, above, the blade after using a … Continue reading

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Ants Miseretto part 4

OK, back to work – I’ve decided the area between the blue arrows (above) needs something to formalize the transition between the handle and the blade. I’ll address the area by using a small sanding drum in my Foredom flex … Continue reading

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Ants Miseretto part 3

Continuing on with the miseretto by grinding and filing. Above, I have begun grinding the flats on the blade.  It will be a thick diamond cross section, since the misericordia and stilettos were originally designed as a stabbing weapons rather … Continue reading

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Ants Miseretto part 2

Today I’m forging the miseretto blade.  I started by upsetting the blade from the sides, in order to thicken it up a bit. Above, I’m just beginning the process.  If you look closely, you might be able to make out … Continue reading

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Ants Miseretto part 1

Well, now that I have several sheets of shibuichi in hand, I turned my attention to making a knife.  First (and this is always the most difficult part!) I had to decide on a design.  The subject I chose was … Continue reading

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Making Shibuichi part 2

I spent today rolling out my three shibuichi ingots into useable sheet. Here’s a picture of my Durston rolling mill. Above, I’m pickling the cast ingots in Sparex pickle. “Pickling” dissolves the dark oxides formed when the molten metal hits … Continue reading

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