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artificer posted a topic in Blades and other metalworksAs many of you may be aware, finding functional brass cantles is a challenging task, to say the very least. Apart from a few antique ones that occasionally come up for sale on eBay (and go for a MINT) the only option out there was to find an ex-MoD cantle from the 1950s-60's and make a new bag for it. Even these cantles are now running several hundred dollars on auction sites. Last year I started working on the idea of having a run of cantles cast, and got all the way through the first test pour before things didn't work out with my smith & foundry. I didn't let that little setback defeat me too much. I'm now building the cantles the more commonly seen way. This one was commissioned to resemble an antique piece I had done some restoration work on. Cut Brazed First polish I had to buff out a few tooling marks, and am currently working my way up to +2000g polishing compound. The turnings for the hinges and the top knob should be arriving today at which point I'll cut the threads for and assemble the spring-latch that keeps the mouth closed. Next up on my list will probably be the half-octagon on the right (below) As always constructive commentary or critique is welcome.