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Author Topic: How to make a Model 1871 Cutlass - Bayonet  (Read 993 times)
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« on: January 13, 2015, 10:51:12 am »

Everyone always seems to want to see photos of me making mad shit so I thought I'd try and document this build. Like all my projects I'm not entirely sure how I'm going to do it, so if this peters out halfway through you know why.

(No projects are ever abandoned, though some do end up with gaps of several years between start and finish)

Starting point: $2 bread knife from a charity shop




This bit of tube looks the right size...




... to be flattened and bashed onto the end of the grip




And this 20 pint blow torch flask...




....will provide a passable guard.




This bit had me stumped for a while: ended up using a ring from some binoculars and part of a bus bar.




That'll do the job




Bit of scrap to suggest the locking mechanism




Scabbard tomorrow

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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2015, 05:52:15 pm »

the blow torch makes for a nice guard.  Hopefully you'll have some use for the rest of it.  Not a big fan on the knife you chose to mod.  Too thin for a bayonet and the serrations are out of place.  Other than that, a nice result.
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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2015, 06:56:21 pm »

Very good! I really envy your eye for seeing these things.

(no pun intended...  Grin)

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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2015, 08:05:48 pm »

the blow torch makes for a nice guard.  Hopefully you'll have some use for the rest of it.  Not a big fan on the knife you chose to mod.  Too thin for a bayonet and the serrations are out of place.  Other than that, a nice result.

It's not finished: the knife is basically just providing the grip
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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2015, 03:10:42 am »

Next batch of donors: this wardrobe rail will become the scabbard body ...




...this whatever it is, part of a pump or torch probably, will be the chape...




... and the ribbed section of this watering can will be the other end, the openy bit.




Ooh not pretty (yet). The bolt and grommet on the chape are more to fill the hole than to hold it together: the two halves are soldered.

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« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2015, 07:33:27 am »

Leather clad scabbard body thanks to the wonder that is industrial double sided tape




Slightly less not pretty. Going to be interesting fitting them since they're also slightly less big than they need to be




In fact it wasn't tricky at all. Unlike the trick photography.




Frog hook carved from a solid lump. This will bolt through the scabbard and hold the whole caboodle together.

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« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2015, 08:12:38 am »

There y'are




I guess now I need to make a frog

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« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2015, 08:48:53 am »

Very nice job and great tutorial.
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« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2015, 01:29:26 pm »

Wow, that turned out nicely! 
Thanks for the insight to your brain.
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« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2015, 08:19:46 pm »

Lovely job as usual  Grin
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« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2015, 09:17:33 pm »

Very nice work
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« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2015, 10:57:51 pm »

Wonderful to watch the transformation.
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« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2015, 07:09:11 am »

Thanks all - Naval Brigade costume coming up!
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« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2015, 05:52:22 am »

is the watering can top big enough for a rapier handguard?
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« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2015, 09:52:45 am »

It would be if it was the full size of the can, but it's not, it's less than half. the photo's a bit of an illusion
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