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History of Knives. The Hidden tang Frontier Knife

Updated on July 5, 2011

Knives of the frontier..but cap and tang

Knives many years ago were forged and or made in many different ways.

One common way was the hidden tang knife. This was a tang that ran either partially through the handle and pinned (or sometimes not), or a tang that ran through the entire length of the handle and riveted or Peened over a but cap or the handle material.

You can see a couple examples of this to the right as both of these knives that left my shop were through hidden tangs and peened over steel but caps. This style of tang/handle does hold up well and is plenty strong if done proper. The pressure placed on the rear cap from the peened head will compress everything very nicely and make a strong handle/guard and overall knife.

You can see a perfect example of the hidden tang with cap below in the drawing. This technique is still used today by many knifemakers just as it was years ago.

Through Hidden tang drawing.  Shaded area through the handle represents the tang.
Through Hidden tang drawing. Shaded area through the handle represents the tang. | Source

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      mlesniewski 6 years ago from Upstate NY

      Thank you Turtle..

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      Turtle 6 years ago

      As usual, very nice and useful knives. Your making me poor by a slow bleed :)