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Tutorials - Making a Persian Kard
This is the finished knife that I've made for David Darom's 3rd book, "Art of Modern Custom Knifemaking: 100 Custom Knife Related Projects in the Making".
Fileworking the already ground blade. For this process, the blade is attached to the vise using a piece of leather to protect it while securing it in place. The file depends on the desired results. (Pictures 1 and 2)

Heat treating the blade on my own shop, using an electronic regulated oven, which allows me to control all the variables of this process. (Pictures 3 and 4)

Once the blade stayed on the oven the needed time, it has to be taken out and placed on oil for quenching it. This process needs to be repeated later at lower temperatures later to relieve stress on the metal. (Pictures 5 and 6)

With a sand paper wrapped on a cube of wood, I polish the sides and spine of the blade, achieving a hand rubbed satin finish. (Pictures 7 and 8)
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Finished blade. (Pictures 9 and 10)

After picking a high quality piece of stag, I cut it to the desired measure with a hacksaw. As the finished handle will be sanded, there's no need to protect it from the damage the vise might cause. (Pictures 11 and 12)

Sanding the stag. (Pictures 13 and 14)
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With the piece of stag already roughly sanded, it's time to make the decorations on it, using a small round file. Once this job is finished, the stag will be ready to be dyed and get it’s final polishing. (Pictures 15 and 16)

The first step to make the several nickel silver fittings is to take them to the desired shape. After measuring the stag's bottom, I use a jewelry cube with different sized molds to make the buttcup. (Pictures 17, 18 and 19)

Before getting chiseled, the already shaped pieces need to be annealed and filled with liquid sealing wax. This prevent them to break under the chisel and allows to glue them to the working surface. (Picture 20)
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With the nickel silver pieces fixed to the working surface, now it's posible to chisel the desired patterns into them. If a piece comes loose, it can be glued back again with some more sealing wax. (Pictures 21, 22, 23 and 24)

Once the parts are shaped and chiseled, they have to be soldered together to form the final pieces. To achieve this, they're placed on a refractary brick and heated with a torch until the added metal melts. (Pictures 25, 26, 27 and 28)
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If a more complicated pattern is desired, it's drawn on the piece and a smaller chisel is used to follow the lines. This process is made entirely by hand and takes a lot of concentration and a very firm pulse. (Pictures 29 and 30)

Marking some decorative motives on the shaped leather for the sheath. (Pictures 31, 32 and 33)

This is the already shaped and worked piece of leather for the sheath, as well as all of the nickel silver fittings, already chiseled, polished and with a nice patina on them for an overall aged style. (Pictures 34 and 35)
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Now with the added rings on the top fitting. (Pictures 36 and 37)
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Finished Knife and Sheath
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