tangs can be terrifying to grind for most new makers,
it's only practice that makes perfect - well, almost
perfect. I can clearly remember to having to resort
to filing them on my first couple of attempts. The
fact is they look and feel so good (weight wise)
on most contemporary designs that they cannot be
to the drill press still set up as before, drill
right through both sides of the bolsters - removing
burrs as before.
It is preferable to leave
the first bolster glued to the tang just in case
your angles are slightly out, this then serves
as a drill guide and corrects the drill angle
as it passes through into the second bolster."
"...Mark out the tang position
for the finger notch on the guard before removing
it from the knife, and scribe this line across
the back of the guard. Mill the finger notch just
short of the scribed line) a 10 mm wide guard
- use a 18mm diameter cutter. "
"...The purpose of this step
is to remove any warpage after heat treatment,
to align the small flats running along the top
edge of the blade, to thin out the cutting edge
if necessary, to remove all deeper grind lines
left before hardening, you should notice that
the 220 grit belt now tends to sand a finer scratch
pattern on the hardened blade."