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John M Cohea

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  1. Thanks Ray! I appreciate all compliments, but those coming from you and Allan mean a lot, asI draw inspiratiom from your work, and you in particular! It's funny, but the little knife is what seems to draw the most attention on this piece. I did that as a little something extra for a special customer, who in the last couple of months has bought 5 pieces of my work with more in the works, so this was a way of showing my gratitude to him.
  2. Thanks guys. Yeah Alan, the hidden knife has gotten a lot of response. It was a surprise for the customer that he did'nt know was going to be there, so it was meant to be kinda sneaky! As far as the bowl. I necked it down a little with a fullering tool and knocked down the corners, then it was finished off with files and on the grinder. This was my first, but not my last for sure!!
  3. Have'nt posted here in a while and thought ya'll might like to see my first ever pipe hawk. The head was forged from 1 1/2 x 6" mild steel with 1084 forgedwelded in for the cutting edge. Haft is curly maple stained and finished with Tru Oil with rawhide wrapping at the top and braintanned buckskin at the bottom. The top cap is wrought iron underlayed with copper. The smoke plug is a small ,thin damascus knife, and the mouthpiece is deer antler.Thanks for looking.
  4. Thanks guys. This one was a lot of fun to make, and was snapped up in a flash!
  5. Now that I have your attention, here's my latest friction folder. Bobcat jaw handle, 1095 blade with antique finish, steel backspacer, steel pivot pin and copper handle pins. The bead on the deerskin dangler is brown mammoth ivory, and the cheek bolsters is brown bark mammoth ivory. The sheath is rawhide over veg-tan, lined with deerskin. The decorations are deerskin fringe,horsehair, tin cones, antique trade beads, snapping turtle claws across the front and a single coyote claw on the belt loop. This piece also came with a braided deerskin lanyard that is not shown.
  6. This one is a little over 6"OAL, handle is deer leg bone with a braintanned deerskin bolster wrap and thong. Bead is carved deer antler and handle has a blacksmiths curl. Blade steel is low layer twist damascus forged by my friend Chad Nichols. The sheath for this one is slightly different from what I normally do.It is rawhideover veg-tan, but the rawhide was left natural colored. The back panel and fringe are smoked braintanned deerskin, and the front panel is overlaid in rattlesnake skin. Othe decorations are aged tin cones, horsehair,antique trade beads and a deer antler button and a coyote
  7. Thanks Jim, and yes, I do my own leatherwork, which can be a challenge at times, but I like to do it almost as much as making the knives!
  8. Thanks Jason! To answer your question, I got the old wood from the remains of an old barn that I used to play in as a kid in the late 60's. I was lucky and was able to get enough to last me several years, but I am always on the lookout for more!
  9. Thanks Tim. Once you learn how to work with rawhide, the sheath work is not to difficult. I also do outside sheath work if you would like something made. My email is jhncohea@hotmail.com , if you are interested.
  10. Thanks Kyle! The finish was acheived using a clorox etch.I dip the blade quickly in ferric cloride, then put it in a plastic container,point down, filled with bleach. It wil get all rusty and gnarly looking, and I let it work for about 15 minute. I will then take it out and clean it with a fine scotch brite pad, and repeat for three or for cycles, or until I have acheived a finish and texture I am happy with. After its all said and done, netrualize with baking soda and water, then spray down with WD-40. I'm sure there are other ways of doing this, this is just how I do it and it works for me.
  11. Here's one I'd like to share with ya'll. 7 5/8"OAL. 1095 blade with an antique finish.Handle is an oddly shaped and nicely colored solid chunk of mammoth ivory, and has a patterned copper band and rawhide bolster wraps, and a wrought iron butt cap, and there is a touch of filework. Sheath is rawhide over veg-tan, and features copper tacks, horsehair,tin cones, deerskin fringe,and antique trade beads.Thanks for looking!
  12. Thanks guys! the old barn oak does resemble amber stag at first glance, and a lot of folks think that's what it is at first!
  13. Thanks a lot guys! Matt, I'm about ready to forge down some of your wrought iron, as I am about out of the last bar I forged down.
  14. Thanks Alan! I have really developed a fondness for this old wood, and I really love using it.In the future I am planning a boxed set that will be a matching friction folder and hunter and their sheaths, handled with weathered oak and wrought iron bolsters, with a display box made from the same wood. I will post it up when it is finished.
  15. This one is 8"OAL, twist damascus by Chad Nichols, weathered oak scales, steel pins,rawhide "repair wrap", blacksmith's curl with a deerskin dangler and weathered oak bead round it out. Sheath is rawhide over veg-tan, and is heavily decorated.
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