I needed a scarper, now I have few I could of used. But I needed to make something. The rules were simple, had to be from bits I had in play pen. Not an outside store, not a trailer store. Plus it had to be useful and not made for one job. Some German oak, over layed with paper templates. This allows be to plot fixed points. The blade slot, were my hand will sit and the over all size. Banked out. Cut one side at a time. Then tape the cut off wood back into place. Makes it easier to hold and get the final shape. The blade to be, this is after I ground the grinding angle and was about to use a stone to put the cutting angle on. It was a bit of hard steel I used to warm the arc rods on. Getting it cheery hot. It was heated until the whol blade to the arc strikes was orange hot. Plunged into old engine oil. This hardens the metal. I could of used the cold water, or cold water with salt quench. But this was in the play pen. H&S meant the plunging was done outside.. @Parm I do follow some H&S rules. Cleaned and heated to a dark blue temper. Heat away from the edge I did 3/4 of blade length away and let the heat track to the tip. Then it was quenched. Fire extinguishers are available. Blade chemically blacked and waxed with a black wax. only used black wax as I had it out. Blade fitted, handle "white polished" The blade was fixed by melting bee's wax and combining it with sawdust from a 600 grit rub down. The blade is not moving. This is why I made it. I wanted a scraper to make good the wood, after it had moved.