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Doug Lester

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  1. That's a very nice looking knife and the tang showing through the handle gives a nice effect.  I tried making knife scales from rams horn and all I did is ruin two rams horns.  If I work with it again I'll get the scales already prepared.

     

    Doug

  2. If I find a wood that needs to be stabilized, no matter how pretty it looks, I look for another wood.  An exception to that might a nice piece of burl wood.  I share Geoff's opinion of Osage Orange (the North American variety).  It's not exactly fancy and it's not exactly plain but it oxidizes to a russet brown with a deep luster.  That wood has been used for fence posts that stood up for decades.

     

    Doug

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  3. Looks good.  I see from your layout lines how you are going to deal with that bolt hole.  My one concern is the thickness of the stock that you started out with.  My impressions from the khurkuris that I have made from the car springs is that they're rather thick and might produce an overly heavy blade.  But all in all I think that it's coming along nicely.  Keep posting your progress.

     

    Doug

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  4. I agree with Charles.  Especially #1, even though I wasn't able avail myself of classes..  Remember that Charles lives in a smaller country and isn't faced with traveling from central Illinois to eastern Arkansas or Montana or any other distant place.  One thing that I noticed is it doesn't appear in the photos that  you gave it much of a primary bevel.  I'd try to take it up more to the spine.  It's a must that you learn to make the steel do what you want it to do.  If you haven't started a library, videos included, on knife making.

    I would suggest [i]The Master Bladesmith[/i] by Jim Hrisoulas to start with.  Kevin Cashin has some good videos that you can find on the American Bladesmith Society store.

     

    Doug

  5. As illustrated by the museum picture, organic parts of a knife/sword rarely survive so it's hard to say that your selection of handle material is wrong.  I agree that the handle of the knife is as impressive as the blade and I am handy to see that you chose to duplicate the stub tang on the blade.  As you see from the museum photo, the size and shape of the tangs can vary a lot.  The smaller knife is also quite impressive.  You, sir, have real talent.

     

    Doug

  6. Don't worry too much about how the knife turned out.  If you're not making mistakes you're not trying hard enough.  You have been given good advice, now go make another blade.

     

    Doug

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  7. I never heard of them before.  Your two look great, especially to first (or bottom) one.  Thanks for putting up pictures of your work.  BTW, how are the two pieces joined at the dovetail, just friction?

     

    Doug

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