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    english dirk

    i just finished this dirk.i have been interested in knives thru new zealands breif history,and this type of thing is probably one of the stand out knife types ive come across.they carried them in a diagonal sheath on a 75mm belt,and where taught"grip the knife handle,small finger against the guard,bending the wrist so the that the blade was laid along the inner arm enabling warding off,cutting and stabbing movements".
    mine is forged from a wiltshire file,mild steel hot blued fittings,and bone handle with a maori design.i dont think they had hamons but a bit of artistic license is ok i think.
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    Re: english dirk

    Really nice! I like the rutic look.

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    Re: english dirk

    Lovely job and a nice bit of history too
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    Re: english dirk

    I like it . All the best Owen
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    Re: english dirk

    very very nice,whats the overall length and blade dimensions

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    Re: english dirk

    hi sarj,i tried to keep the dimensions the same as the artical.the blade was surprisingly thick at 5mm,25mm wide and 210 mm long, hollow ground with a distal taper. 315mm overall.i had a lot of trouble heat treating this blade.the first 2 times the hamon line was touching the edge,so i re-did it,then the 3rd time it warped badly so i had to re anneal it and start again.real heart in your mouth stuff !
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    Re: english dirk

    That looks great, and seems to be very close to the ones shown behind.

    At first I wasn't sure about the blade offset to the handle, but I see from your book that's how they used to make them

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    Re: english dirk

    Seriously nice knife...

    May I enquire as to what book/article it lays on top of ??
    Best regards

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    Re: english dirk

    Very nice work evoking that period of NZ History. I'd like to learn more about the "Waikato hostilities" as we never really learnt much at school (mid '70's)
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    Re: english dirk

    ive asked the author of the article to see if i can post it up here,well see how it goes.
    heres some information about the most well known bush ranger around that time
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustavus_von_Tempsky
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    Re: english dirk

    Very, very nice indeed!

    Danzo

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    Re: english dirk

    Thanks for the link, case - hadn't heard or thought about "wars" in your neck of the woods untill I bought a movie called "River queen" earlier this year. Hope you get the authors permission to post the article...
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    Re: english dirk

    Oh Casey! that is so so nice, to me the coolest knife so far this year on BB !

    BTW : this old blockhouse is only a half hour drive from your folks Danzo http://www.historic.org.nz/TheRegist...207&m=advanced

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    Re: english dirk

    Quote Originally Posted by case View Post
    hi sarj,i tried to keep the dimensions the same as the artical.the blade was surprisingly thick at 5mm,25mm wide and 210 mm long, hollow ground with a distal taper. 315mm overall.i had a lot of trouble heat treating this blade.the first 2 times the hamon line was touching the edge,so i re-did it,then the 3rd time it warped badly so i had to re anneal it and start again.real heart in your mouth stuff !
    thanks,case its a real corker

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    Re: english dirk

    That's cool Vonny, wish I'd visited that when in NZ. The historical film "River Queen" set during the Maori Wars which Harry referred to was filmed on the Whanganui River up from where my parents live in Wanganui.

    There's an "h" in the river, not the town, for rather complex reasons which ny ex-brother in law played quite a part......

    Danzo

 

 

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