Rob Brown Custom Knives
Tapering Tangs
Rob discusses his technique.
Fitting Guards
Rob reveals the secret to a clean fit.
Fitting Bolsters
Rob discusses the method used for his curved bolster design.
Mirror Finishing
Rob has become known for his mirror polish - here's how it is done.
Fitting Guards by Rob Brown
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Push the guard back into position and change your drill for a lathe centering bit and drill a small indent.
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Replace your drill bit and drill your rivet hole right through the guard. Make sure your drill is sharp, run at the correct speed and well lubricated.

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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.

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Shape the guard to the required shape against the platen or disc with the rest set to the desired angle. You may now completely finish the blade and tape it up to prevent scratches.
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If you intend polishing the guard, plug the slot with a piece of Perspex ground at a slight taper and wedged in position. This will prevent rounding the guard slot edges while buffing. Sand the face of the guard up to 1200 grit and buff lightly, remove the Perspex filler. Degrease the blade, the inside of the guard slot and rivet, and apply "Pratleys Steel" to both blade and guard (to prevent moisture penetration) and rivet in place. Wipe off all excess "Pratleys".
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