Soft blade tang or fully hardened, on full tang O1 knives

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Yep new steel and harden em fully. I've never had any break under the scales, a few tips but that wasn't the knife. Lots of knives ya can do with one 1" tall steel. Just not those designs. All less than one inch tall designs:

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Very few of my designs I couldn't cut out of 1" tall stock.
Damn I already cut the blank.
O1 blank https://imgur.com/a/ISXDVNs
Looks like I need to go back to the drawing board.
I think I'll still finish this one I don't want to waste the steel.
 
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Your profile is not far from a Kephart. You still have room to move further in that direction if you wish...

So just round off that little nub at the base of the tang? to just make it a tapering thickness instead of having that little grip retention nub? (I have no idea what's it's called)
 

Richard338

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Of course you are free to do as you wish.
If you do want to move towards a Kephart, then I would keep the handle, but narrow the blade and drop the tip.
Here are a couple I did that show the profile.
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Of course you are free to do as you wish.
If you do want to move towards a Kephart, then I would keep the handle, but narrow the blade and drop the tip.
Here are a couple I did that show the profile.
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Oh I get what you mean, the handle actually comes out further than the blade edge, I didn't notice that. Not sure if I should narrow this it's already only 1 inch wide.
Thanks for the advice, I like those handles, is that red micarta?
 

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I can not see any reasion not to fully harden a blade. Only exception I would consider is to draw the hardness back with a torch a little. But generally it is not needed.
 
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