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  1. 4 points
    Hi all, I have just joined here but been reading and browsing for quite a while. I've been making knives for around half a year now, with this being number ten (and eleven), but this is my first big one that isn't a simple little eating knife so wanted to share. This is 15th/16th century German style Bauernwehr, I say style as it is not copied from anything in particular and i'm sure there will be something i have not done quite right, but I hope it looks the part. I have done this as a three piece set in the manner of medieval hunting sets, so there is a little byknife and pricker too. The blades are forged from 1075+cr (bauernwehr) and 1080 (other two), with mild steel fittings and yew handle scales. The sheath is multi pocketed to hold all three pieces, and has tooled vine decoration and a simple fabricated steel chape. The whole point of this was as an experimental learning process really so I tried to pick a knife with as many new things as possible. Probably took much longer than it should have done but I am pleased with the final result and lots learnt for the next one. Any critiques much appreciated as I am very new to this and finding my way a bit, I hope you like it! Cheers Alex
  2. 3 points
    Thanks Brian and Alan I applied two coats of alcool diluted Fiebings brown leather die with sanding in between. Then a first coat of TruOil. Now I think it looks very much like light maple syrup. On a side note, this is the first time I completely finish a handle before it's glued on the tang.
  3. 2 points
    Twisting the wire is pretty easy. I use a little hook in a cordless drill, like he does in the video. I will add a bit of advice though: When you've twisted it as tightly as you want it, run the drill back in the oposite direction for a bit to ease off the tension in the wire. If you just slip the wire off the hook without doing that, the wire will spin quite violently and the whole strand might corkscrew. So spin it back for quite a few revolutions, and keep a firm grip on it when you take it off the hook, so you can ease the tension off it.
  4. 1 point
    I just make sure that the wires are equal length, twist one until I am happy with the rate of twist, note how much shorter it got during the twisting, and when twisting the other strand the oposite way, I make sure they shortened by the same amount.
  5. 1 point
    I have been talking to a butcher about boning knives and the difference between how a novice (me that is) uses a boning knife out of the front of the hand, as in standard knife hold where the professional holds the knife with the blade out of the back of the hand whicu necessitate the different designs in the blade and a slightly fuller handle than I would make for a conventional knife.So with that as a guide I made these two with one having a 5 1/2 in blade for sheep/fallow sized animals and a 7 1/4 inch one for work on cattle sized animals. Swamp kauri handles on the 1/8 in 1075 blades with black micarta pins.
  6. 1 point
    I had to take a break from that dagger. It's not cooperating. Back to the big Bowie. I have a Lin Rhea style intermediate forging spacer planned. So I remove the center spacer, pin it to another piece of 1/8" nickel-silver and make a copy, just about 3/32" larger. Sand the edges to 220 grit. Match the slot And fit it back to the package. Make sure this fits on the knife, is a snug fit, and the pins all line up.
  7. 1 point
    A scrap of damascus, a bit of buffalo horn and an elk tine, about as long as my finger. G
  8. 1 point
    There is an existing neck pouch. The pouch is brain tan and hand beaded by friends of my (Rendezvous'er) Wife. It had this crappy little KLO in it. I stole it out of her kit long enough to make this little guy. Geoff
  9. 1 point
    Still ways to go. I think the handle looks too chubby and is a tad too long. I'm going to shave around 1/8" off the width and length and see what happens...
  10. 1 point
    Rear spacer done. For those who watch this and wonder how the texture is done on the copper, it's by peening with a small rounded punch.
  11. 1 point
    I narrowed the guard to better match the ricasso.
  12. 1 point
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