hadhafang/sting pommel

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  1. aerandir

    aerandir New Member

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    does anyone know how the movie prop hadhafang/sting pommels were attached to the handle?
     
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    I'm having a knife made with the elven/Sting-style pommel cap, I'll ask my bladesmith friend how he did it, but I think he threads all his pommels. If you dont hear back from me in a week, message me :)
     
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    actually, i'm having a had made, and the pommel will have a nut.

    i disassembled my UC had, and the pommel was epoxied to the handle.
     
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    No surprise about the Hadhafang pommel being stuck on, after all it is onyl a display piece.

    Here's what my bladesmith friend had to say:

    "well .. you basically have two choices.
    first choice is that you make the handle long enough
    that you can then undercut the wood that will become
    the pommel and then make a cap that goes over the end
    and forms the pommel.
    its more cosmetic, but it works fine.

    then there is the other form, where you thread the end
    of the tang of the blade and then you form a thread
    into the pommel.

    there are those makers that will braze a nut onto the
    end of the pommel and then just screw it in.
    thats fine, i just like to have the tang go into the
    pommel as much as possible.

    the threaded option also gives you a stronger pommel.
    and gives you a good weight at the end of the handle,
    which allows for a better balance point. "
     
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    aerandir New Member

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    I think that the pommel design we are talking about would require a separate nut aside from the pommel if the pommel would be flush with the handle.

    However, The nut would be visible. But I can live with that.
     
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    Why would the nut be visible? I'm not following. If using the nut, it gets soldered onto the end of the tang, and the pommel gets threaded as well, then it's just a simple matter of threading the pommel onto the nut, and voila! All done!
     
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    Because the pommel has to be aligned an extra dimension like wheel pommels, and unlike the acorn or sent stopper types.

    For sting, the sides of the pommel which overlap on the handle would have to be aligned with the blade's edge.

    If you screw the pommel on, then you're not assured that the proper tighness or torque will coincide with the proper alignment.

    It can be done, but if the blades loosens from use, you can't simply twist the pommel tighter or the design would be off. I guess you can add a washer of some sort, though.

    In my case, for the had, it'll be less of a hassle to have a separate nut.