Tang extension on Mora blank?

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  1. ndtinker

    ndtinker

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    Mar 24, 2010
    I'm not a knife maker, so if I'm not supposed to be in this forum feel free to erase the thread.

    I bought 3 Mora carbon steel blanks that I was hoping to put birch bark handles on. When I received them, I realized that the tangs were too short (I know, major brain fart on my part) to be able to peen them. Is it feasible to weld extensions to the tangs so this could be done? I have a friend who's been a welder his whole life so I'm hoping if it can be done he could do it. Would it require any special steel? Would it potentially ruin the heat treat?

    My second alternative is to make some sort of wooden handle, but I'd much rather do the birch bark if it's possible. Thanks in advance for any advice you may have.
     
  2. Danke42

    Danke42

    Feb 10, 2015
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  3. ndtinker

    ndtinker

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    Mar 24, 2010
    That is the type of handle I was planning on making. My Blanks look identical to what is shown in that first picture. The tang is only about 3" long though, so too short for a normal sized handle.




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  4. Danke42

    Danke42

    Feb 10, 2015
    Upload them to a site like Imgur and copy the BB code link over to here.
     
  5. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    Yes, you can weld an extension on. I would cut the tang off just beyond the thin place and weld a piece of mild steel on. Make it longer than you want and once you are done with making the handle, cut it off and peen it on the end washer.
     
  6. ndtinker

    ndtinker

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    Mar 24, 2010
    Thanks Stacy, appreciate the advice.
     
  7. Hengelo_77

    Hengelo_77 Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    or weld on allthread and screw the endcap on
     
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  8. FredyCro

    FredyCro Basic Member Basic Member

    650
    Jan 11, 2019
    Another idea without welding is to do half bark, half wood handle, for example 2 inches bark then then a 2 inch piece of hardwood (epoxied and pinned in place).
     
  9. ndtinker

    ndtinker

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    Mar 24, 2010
    Thanks, 2 solutions I hadn't thought of.
     
  10. Natlek

    Natlek

    Jun 9, 2015
    The tang is only about 3" long though :p
     
  11. FredyCro

    FredyCro Basic Member Basic Member

    650
    Jan 11, 2019
    Yeah, so he would have one inch tang in wood, i meant not to peen it like pommel but to insert a cross pin, like in normal full tang. Probably wouldn't need it if everything is epoxied and tang roughened or slots cut for epoxy.
     
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