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Thread: Low pommel caps

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    Low pommel caps

    Anyone know if there's a non-custom source for these? Like the ones Glen McClain uses on his whingers (dirks with quillons) -- I assume he makes them himself. They're very short and slightly domed with a lip just below the dome. Right now the nearest things on the market seem to be The Rifle Shoppe's hunting sword pommels (which aren't quite the right shape, and I believe need to be drilled -- I've e-mailed them about that) and those turned pommels you see at a lot of knifemaking supply sites, which are too tall (I could maybe cut one short with an angle grinder but it'd be easy to botch).
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    I’m not entirely sure what you are searching for but maybe you can find something here:http://www.weber-messer.eu/store/ind...56ade7b0c57588

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    Thank you. I'm taking a look around.

    The sort of thing I'm looking for specifically is like this: Glen McClain knife. I suspect I'm going to wind up trying to shorten a turned pommel, but it could get messy.
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    To have seen those dead men rise.

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    Is it more like a cap or a pommel?
    Everyone with a late can make one, it’s not so difficult. Even I could make it.
    The diameter is greater than the caps I linked, I believe.
    Can you use a oval model and file it plain?
    http://www.weber-messer.eu/store/pro...56ade7b0c57588

    This looks interesting http://www.weber-messer.eu/store/pro...56ade7b0c57588 but would be too small.

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    I don't know whether it should be solid or hollow, if that's what you mean. I'm not sure it matters that much, since it's for a short-ish blade and the pommel looks too small to provide a whole lot of counterweight even if it's solid. I do agree that so far all the Weber pommels I've looked at have been too small; for my purposes I believe it needs to be more than 25mm wide.

    I had been thinking of mounting a taller pommel on a drill bit as a makeshift lathe while cutting it down and perhaps adding a few decorative grooves.
    They groan'd, they stirr'd, they all uprose,
    Ne spake, ne mov'd their eyes:
    It had been strange, even in a dream
    To have seen those dead men rise.

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    If you can use a drill press it will work.
    You don’t need a pommel, you can use any other stock you can get.
    Have you considered using Tin? You can cast it and it is easier to work (I remember to have read that it was used for knife parts).

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    Been putting this off for a long time, but I finally went ahead with it, and it worked! I drilled into a large block of wood to keep the drill stable and wedge the pommel firmly between the drill and the block, and found that a file didn't cut very well but a small hacksaw did the job.

    Here's the pommel I used. The cheaper one listed at 1-5/16" is actually a lot smaller, so I had to exchange it. The finished version is still rather more domed than I'd like, but probably the closest thing there is on the market.
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    They groan'd, they stirr'd, they all uprose,
    Ne spake, ne mov'd their eyes:
    It had been strange, even in a dream
    To have seen those dead men rise.

    -- Coleridge

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