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  1. A gent asked me to make him a knife, he said I don't care what it is I just want you to make it. Well that's the kind of offer you can't refuse. I had this design on the drawing board for quite a while as the SOG recon Bowie is my favourite Vietnam era combat knife and I've always wanted to make one. I hoped I could do justice to the lineage of this iconic knife and give this commission what it deserved. The blade for this knife is made from L-3 high carbon tool steel which I cold gun blued. The blade is 180mm long and is 5.5mm thick on the spine, the overall length of the knife i
    4 points
  2. Thought I'd share an example of a twisted handle for top tools. Personal preference and intended use of the tool, will dictate whether a wooden or twisted handle is used. This style of handle was once quite common among British blacksmiths, don't know if still true. I've twisted more then needed, was going for style, however in the case of the twist next to the flatter, I got carried away and over-twisted.
    2 points
  3. Alright guys, I'm calling this one D.U.N. dun! I cut the back off these pins and used a dremel to get them completely flat. Then I traced the pins on the scales with a sharpie and cut the holes with a cheap-o dremel due to its very low speed. I set the pins with epoxy then covered them with the epoxy to fill the space above them. I quickly hit the epoxy with fast passes of a propane torch to pull any bubbles out. After it set for 24 hours I started the sanding which took forever haha. The sheath is leather and the designs are burnt in with a wood burner. All in all, I like it and my bud
    2 points
  4. And my work is complete on the sword, I also finished the wood core to the scabbard (forgot to get photo). I need to build a box and ship this up to Jordan to finish the scabbard. MP PXL_20210304_181116360.mp4 PXL_20210304_181154443.mp4 PXL_20210304_181223880.mp4
    2 points
  5. I know I haven't posted for a while, but now you're going to wish I hadn't come back. I called this knife the Gaucho. The blade core of this knife is 80Cr V2 high carbon tool steel laminated with 431 stainless steel with a Spanish notch at the heel. The handle scales are made from Juma super tusk which is a beautiful synthetic ivory with red liners held with two S/S Corby bolts and two stainless pins. The blade length is 180mm and the overall length of the knife is 305mm. The hand stitched leather sheath is dyed mahogany brown and black and has a front panel of crocodile leath
    1 point
  6. Ok, so I thermal cycled a sample piece of the bar I just formed into a small tanto, casted it in a puck of epoxy and polished it for micros. Given then 65RC at 1485F, the explosive spark, and the starting materials being ultra high carbon and even some white cast, what I seen here is a lot of GBC. The heavier white areas are still diffusing into the adjacent layers, even after 12 folds. Amazing.
    1 point
  7. Excellent interpretation! I agree, that's probably one of the best fighting knife designs of the last century. The F-S has it's place, of course, but that one has more functionality. And the bluing is perfect with the darkened leather.
    1 point
  8. Im sure you know this but making sure you are "pecking" as you drill and keeping it well lubed are important as well as the aforementioned rigidity.
    1 point
  9. Steve, my thoughts are very well done. I really like the cold blue treatment and may I ask which blue formula you used. I ask because some turn out splotchy and although this is part in due from the steel, this finish rocks! And the sheath is very well done as well! Gary LT
    1 point
  10. Two years ago I got the chance to document several medieval swords with my friend Greg Cimms, it was a epic day in NYC neither of us are likely to ever forget. I have sat on the tracings and measurements for a long time now waiting for the right time / project to use then. A few months ago I invited another friend of mine Jordan LaMothe down to the shop for a visit, as sort of a Bussmans holiday we decided to do a epic sword build. We began by planning out the build, using the proportions, weight and thickness measurements of the original sword we would build a modern sword.
    1 point
  11. Something knew for me, but I really liked it. It was a customer requested project olive wood, patinad 52100 and wrought iron bolsters with nickel silver pins. Gaucho (ish) style sheath, haven't made a sheath in a while.
    1 point
  12. That is a very well made package and I really like the Mexican loop sheath. Doug
    1 point
  13. don't worry I'll get coop to shoot this one as well .. figured you all would want to see the delay in working on this one. MP
    1 point
  14. Man, that looks amazing. Love the whole handle section. That D-Guard just looks SWEET! - Wyatt
    1 point
  15. Ooh. Preddi.
    1 point
  16. I did the machine polish on the blade it is not at 400 grit and ready to hand sand out, and I riveted the bezels inplace. moving forward.
    1 point
  17. sorry to take so long to up date this , but not much was done on the sword, I got sick then wrecked my back and had a commision I needed to be working on. But I made a little time to work on it this week, so we will see how far I can get. the guard wasn't sitting right in my mind it keep looking off , but the curves traced the same and a ruler showed then as the same size everywhere.. finally after going after it dial calipers I managed figured out where it was out fix that, tadn repeated the process several more times.. it is funny how even 0.005 thickness in the wrong place just l
    1 point
  18. messed my back up , so progress on every thing has been slow, but i got the guard sanded out to 220 and fit the stone settings. I was planning on setting two more stones in the ends on the quillons but I am not sure might be to much.. if I do I will need to order smaller stones these are 6mm and I am not sure they will fit
    1 point
  19. I wasn't able to get to much done on this sword before the holiday, but I did manage to get the guard filed to final shape. I had ground out the guard on a 36 grit belt on a 8" wheel just to get it close. I followed that with second cut half 6" round file followed by a #2 swiss cut , I should be able to start polishing at 400 grit other than some piling that galled my finish (old file that I need to replace soon) should go quick at 220 grit though. I'll get it to 220 before I start cutting the settings for the stones.
    1 point
  20. I got a little more done on this sword after Jordan left for home. I roughed out the grinding on the guard, then I got the handle shaped out and cord wrapped. I got a quitch etch on the pommel panels and ground the pommel closer to finish shape. I started to lay out the stone settings. there will be two rubies and three star sapphires set in silver on the sword.. MP
    1 point
  21. The rest of the week was a bit of a mad scramble to get an assembled sword as Jordan needed to head home on friday. I stayed on the pommel and got the plates ground to thickness polished to 220 an heat treated. Jordan ground the blade out carefully to match the original leaving just a bit over thickness to polish off later. when he was finished at 220 it was very close to the original less than .5MM change anywhere and other than our blade isn't sabered like the orginal the profile matches closely as well. in grinding the blade warped a bit so we took to keeping the kil
    1 point
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