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Tim Lively

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  1. Thank you! This one is made with the same 7 piece construction style as the one in the video.
  2. This Bowie Fighter reflects a new style for me. My aim here is to make period pieces from the American Bowie Era with an antique finish. The blade is hand forged from 1095 high carbon steel. I hand cut the fuller on each side. It is 14 1/2 inches overall and has a 9 5/8 inch blade. The handle is Texas Ebony with seamless coin silver (90% silver, 10% copper) ferrules and blade collar. The guard and buttcap are 1018 mild steel. The guard is hand forged with double forward facing scrolls. This new style reflects more of a true 19th century spirit. I made this knife completely unplugged, using not
  3. Thanks! I will check out the OKCA website and if it's in Eugene, I'll definately will want to go.
  4. Here's a closer look at the ferrules. You can see the antique finish better also.
  5. The ferrules are seamless and I made them this time by using old US silver dollars. I cold hammered the edges until they flare out and form a band. Then I cut the centers out. I usually use my own coin silver alloy that I cast into a ingot but this time I used coins. So I used 2 silver dollars and one silver half dollar to make the ferrules and blade collar. The technique of flaring out the edges of silver coins was taught to me when I was in high school back in the 70s from a Vietnam Veteran. I guess a lot of Vets know this technique as it was used to make rings and trench art by soldiers as
  6. Thanks! The antique finish was fun. I like the look and will try another one.
  7. Thanks! I moved from the Austin, Texas area to Eugene, Oregon about 2 months ago. I love it here!
  8. Here's a Bowie Knife I just finished. This one leans more toward the fighter style in the Bowie genre. This knife reflects a new style for me. My aim here is to make period pieces from the American Bowie Era with an antique finish. The blade is hand forged from 1095 high carbon steel. I hand cut the fuller on each side. It is 14 1/2 inches overall and has a 9 5/8 inch blade. The handle is Texas Ebony with seamless coin silver (90% silver, 10% copper) ferrules and blade collar. The guard and buttcap are 1018 mild steel. The guard is hand forged with double forward facing scrolls. I think this n
  9. Here's something to shoot for Ric.
  10. is making knives!

  11. My focus is to create unique knives of optimum performance in an old world style. Each knife is handmade one at a time without the use of electricity. I am heavily influenced by 19th century American Bowie Knife Makers and the Arts and Crafts Movement. If you live within the Eugene/Springfield area, I am willing to come to your shop or home and help you put together a charcoal burning forge and work space like I use at a very reasonable rate. Please check out my new website, http://www.timlivelyknives.com to get a better idea of how I work. My way of working is considered primitive by most but
  12. In an effort to compete with the piracy on the web Ive decided to lower my price on my DVD, Knifemaking Unplugged. It is now only $19.95 though my website for the DVD. I also lowered the Download to Own version to $9.98 at Amazon.com. I also instructed Amazon.com to lower the price of my DVD there to 19.95 also and to begin offering a download to rent version for only $4.98. These options will take a few weeks to take effect. Amazon is a little slow at making these changes sometimes but the download to own price is available now and so is the DVD version on my website. So, you can now get my
  13. In an effort to compete with the piracy on the web Ive decided to lower my price on my DVD, Knifemaking Unplugged. It is now only $19.95 though my website for the DVD. I also lowered the Download to Own version to $9.98 at Amazon.com. I also instructed Amazon.com to lower the price of my DVD there to 19.95 also and to begin offering a download to rent version for only $4.98. These options will take a few weeks to take effect. Amazon is a little slow at making these changes sometimes but the download to own price is available now and so is the DVD version on my website. So, you can now get my
  14. Is it legal for SmartFlix to rent out these videos? Yes. Under US Copyright law, one does not need permission of the original copyright holder to rent out a lawfully acquired copy of the video (this is known as the "first sale" doctrine, and is explained in 17 USC, section 109 of the US Copyright law). Under Canadian Copyright law, one does not need permission of the original copyright holder to rent out a lawfully acquired copy of the video (Canadian Consolidated Statutes and Regulations C-42 - 3(1) gives the copyright holder no right to restrain the rental of lawfully acquired
  15. I dont really care what the law says. Its my work, not theirs. Its one thing to talk about a movie that gets paid by having a theatrical release and then goes to dvd but this company aims at instructional videos made by individuals. I have also heard that my dvd from there is of lesser quality. Why is that? The only authorized production of my dvd is from one source. If its not the same quality then its not from the same source. If its not from the same source its a bootleg copy. Ive seen my dvd for sale in German, French, and Spanish. Its probably in Chinese and a few other languages too. Non
  16. They dont compensate the artisans who make the videos. They use a loop hole in the law to make money off the work of others. I highly recommend people NOT to use them. They are the number one reason I never made Knifemaking Unplugged two. When you rent a video from them, the artisan who put a lot of time, effort and heart into thier work ~ don't get squat.
  17. I didnt realize how long its been since Ive checked in here. Sorry about that. Thanks for all the kind words. It's really appreciated. Will, it's really cool to hear how the troops liked my video. I always wondered what came of all that. Im good for another batch if you still have the contacts to pass them out. I sure do appreciate your efforts in helping me get those into the right places like you did. I didnt have a clue on how to do it myself so I want to say thanks to you too brother. Give me a holler. tim@livelyknives.com
  18. I think to some extent I fooled myself and that it's possible that these other makers have done the same thing. Five years ago I made my video and at the end of that video I chopped through a 2 X 4 twice with the knife I made. At the time I hadnt heard of cutting competitions but soon after that a friend told me how long it took me to cut through that 2x4 and that there were a lot of guys chopping through the same thing at amazing speeds. So I started practicing my cutting and going to the gym. Then I started using 1095 steel and it seemed to perform better than any alloy I had tried before th
  19. Check out the knife on this website under the Gung Ho design. He calls it Samuri steel. Does that pattern look familiar? http://shivakicustomknives.com/
  20. I only forged on this blade lightly. I was experimenting trying to get a hamon. I had failed on two blades before this one when I quenched in water and the blades cracked. So on this one I just used a Sen, files and stones because the only thing I was interested in at that point was to get a hamon and was trying to lessen the learning curve by speeding up the process. I only lightly forged on the blade under critical temp when it warped on me after the first heat treatment to straighten it. I etched this blade after the first two hamon attempts in lemon juice and white vinegar and only got a v
  21. Thanks, I think it will all blow over. I will probably look into the alloy banding thing again in the future but not right now. All of this has made me rethink my attitude and knifemaking in general though. It was a blessing in disquise and showed me a different perspective on where some of the veteran knifemakers are coming from and where their hearts are. I mean that in a very good way. I even rejoined the ABS a few days ago. That which does not kill you makes you stronger.
  22. Oops, sorry, Im jumping from one forum to the next and I forget who said what when.
  23. Possible patent numbers to check out. 20050077089 20050047989 20040265647 20040261917 Patent Search Patent Searches
  24. I talked to a patent lawyer today and I was told that as long as I dont sell the material in question that he doesnt have a case against me. My wife is totally stressed out about the thought of being sued so Ive decided to just back off with making any more blades like this. He may still come after me but I feel confident that it will get thrown out of court as soon as I inform the judge that I havent sold any knives with blades like this. He has effectively stopped me from exploring the posibilities of this steel. Now I know some of yall never thought much of this alloy banding but I liked th
  25. What if this guy wins his case against me? Maybe hes targeting me because he knows Im just a primitive knifemaker working in the dirt. Maybe his objective is to aim everything he's got at someone that can't fight back. I can't afford a lawyer. If he wins this case against me it will because he has plenty of money and good lawyers. If he wins a court case against me will that fortify his case against other knifemakers who are making simular blades? Maybe thats what this is all about.
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