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    Charles D. Prokopp

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    Tucson, Arizona
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    Acting, leatherwork (Shoes, moccasins, knife sheaths), knifemaking, clockmaking

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  1. This has been a "long term" project for me. Took a bit over forty years. Back in 1972, at my first set designer job, I found this badly-abused Patton saber in the trash. It had been used as a theatrical prop for decades and had suffered the attentions of playful members of the actor's brotherhood. Some fiend of a propmaster had painted the nickle-plated garrison scabbard with lead-based white oil paint (I assume to kill the distracting shine onstage), this was later painted black. Somewhere along the line, another vandal sanded off the browning on the grip and basket hilt to bare steel. Then the entire piece, scabbard and all was spray-painted silver. Then the prop room was shoveled out and I rescued the poor thing. It has remained in my possession ever since, with the idea of repairing it always in the back of my mind. Last week, I went to work on it. Having disassembled it and assessed its condition in '72, I knew that structurally it was sound. The only thing I wasn't going to do was grind the dings out of the blade or try to polish off its patina. Everything els was intact under all that paint. A citrus stripper was used over a two-day period. That got most of the guck off, though there was some hide glue splattered here and there on the scabbard that presented problems. Getting the paint out of the checkering on the hard-rubber grips and cast iron backstrap was a challenge. Wound up using a plastic scraper here and there on some of the stubborn spots. Once cleaned, the steel and ironwork got treated with Laurel Mountain Forge browning solution, then got a hot-wax treatment and hand-buffing. I was delighted with the condition of the nickle-plated scabbard. There were a few dents and a couple of spots where the plating had lifted. A little buffing compound and some paste wax brought it back to life. This is going to a knife show in Phoenix in January, the only thing on my table that isn't one of my creations. Anyone have any idea what its value might be? It's from the Springfield arsenal, dated 1913 with the serial number 5745, making it late in the year.
  2. Looks like fun! I haven't been in the Upper Peninsula since Kennedy was President. Just as beautiful as I remembered. Great-looking culery. Oddly, I was more fascinated by the idea of a Kevlar canoe. It's taken me a while to wrap my head around the idea of fiberglassing plywood kayaks, now they spring THIS on me! Maybe I'm in the wrong century.
  3. I spent a lot of time looking around the car for a bird's nest. Let's see if I can find that picture I took of an Impala in the bush...
  4. Thanks, Alan. I've had kind of a rough stretch this year, and am just getting back into the field. Got really discouraged after two expensive, high-profile shows that were unmitigated disasters. It's hard when customers look at your work, "OOOH" and "AAAH" over it, but don't buy anything! Praise doesn't get you to Burning Man! But I'm back...and off to the Burn in a couple of weeks!
  5. This is one of my newer knives: my version of the Searles Bowie. Blade is O1, differentially heat treated and hand polished to a satin finish, 9" long and almost 2" wide. The grip is ebony, with early-style flat checkering and nickle-silver pins. To go with it, I created a period leather and nickle silver sheath with frog. I'm very proud of this, and consider it to be my best work, so far. The price is $400 US, plus shipping. I'll be posting some more goodies in the near future....gotta pay for my trip to Burning Man!
  6. The whole package is wonderful. Extraordinary work. Congratulations.
  7. I'm heading to Las Vegas next month, to frolic in the Beinfeld Antique Arms Show at the Riviera. Here are some of the goodies that are going with me that I've made in the last few months. Like me..they're an eclectic bunch! Everything from a gladius and puggio set to muzzle-loader's accoutrements, Bowie knives and daggers. I even whomped up a few of my kiridashi for the event.
  8. The past few months have been very busy...spent most of November in Europe, and have been hustling to get knives made ever since! I'll be exhibiting at the Beinfeld Antique Arms Show at Las Vegas's Riviera next month, and I wanted to bring a batch of new stuff. These are examples: a pair of eating utensil sets that would be appropriate in a Voyageur's canoe or at a Ren Fair feast. Roach-bellied French knife, horn spoon and a skewer (Forks are a new item, y'know.) all in a neat little pouch. The pouch is designed so that it can slip over a belt or into the straps of a shoulder bag. There are a lot of other blades I've just gotten done, so I'll be posting more in the next few days. For now...see you in Las Vegas!
  9. Very nice, Kevin. I discovered that having a shop where everything is under one roof is downright empowering. My work improved and my productivity increased. It also gives my cats someplace new to hang out, stare at me and criticize me. Everyone's happy! As with your shop in North Carolina, I don't have a snow-load to worry about here in Tucson! A former northern Illinoisan, I can sympathise with the above gentleman from Michigan.
  10. I like to chuck leather tooling stamps in my bench drill press and use that. The drill is not turned on, of course!
  11. I used to own a 29-4 and loved it. Sounded like the Toonerville Trolley at high speed, but was built like a locomotive. When I moved to Arizona from Illinois, I gave it to my best friend and his wife...they were fellow members fd the SCA and had many uses for it. I've been looking for another ever since!
  12. It has a wonderful feel to it. The balance point is a couple of inches in front of the guard. With the wasp waist eliminating a lot of weight, and the point of impact in the middle of the end flare, swinging it is a dream and it does a lot of damage to things smote. I'm surprised at how well it turned out for a first sword! , .
  13. Yes, I did last night, just before posting here. I expect I'll hear from them, eventually.
  14. To quote George Takei: "Oh, my!" That is lovely!
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