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Gary Mulkey

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  1. Completed "Bowie No.1"

    Thanks, gentlemen. I'm glad that you enjoyed the trip through this one. I enjoy doing the historical knives like this and am glad that you enjoyed it as well. I've a customer interested in a reproduction of the Shively/Perkins Bowie. If I build it, I'll try to post some pics of the process. Gary
  2. Completed "Bowie No.1"

    You're welcome.
  3. Definitions and history of "Wootz" and such

    Vern, In my research I found that the carbide nanotubes were what gave the original wootz its cutting ability as the rest of the blade steel was primarily pearlite. I don't want to start a debate or step on toes but that's what I have found.
  4. It's all about the crucibles

    This isn't an answer to your question but unless you have the appropriate breathing apparatus, don't try melting any brass. The fumes from the molten zinc in it can be lethal.
  5. Completed "Bowie No.1"

    You're welcome.
  6. Completed "Bowie No.1"

    I had a great time. It's always fun to talk knives & knife history with Mark. I didn't get any photos while there. Sorry.
  7. Just curious. Cannister welding

    Kelly Cupples. http://www.hightemptools.com/steel.html
  8. Just curious. Cannister welding

    Vern, Any type of a different metal will work. The easiest to use is aluminum foil.
  9. Completed "Bowie No.1"

    Thanks, George.
  10. Completed "Bowie No.1"

    Thanks, Alan. I appreciate it.
  11. Completed "Bowie No.1"

    Most of the photos are of knives that were on display there three years ago. It was the largest collection of authentic Bowie knives ever assembled. I was like a "kid in a candy store". If fact it was that display which prompted me to make my first "Bowie No.1". Mark Zaleski (co-author) is bringing some of his knives tomorrow. If you visit the museum's Facebook page you can see some of them.
  12. Completed "Bowie No.1"

    John, The book is brand new and the only place that I know of right now to purchase it is through the store at The Historic Arkansas Museum. Copies are $70.
  13. Completed "Bowie No.1"

    Completed and just in time as tomorrow I promised to have it at the museum. For those who followed me through the process on this one, I hope that you enjoyed it. Maybe it will give you an idea of what the 19th century masters went through on their knives. [BTW: The gentleman on the right in the photo is James Black.]
  14. Starting a New Historic Bowie

    Will do.
  15. Starting a New Historic Bowie

    I'm starting to be able to see the finish line. I've one more day to work on it before I take this to museum for the book signing and should have no problem getting this one finished. I've yet to peen the ends of the handle pins as well as to sand & finish the walnut scales. That very do-able in the time frame. I hope that you've enjoyed the trip through the construction of this one. [I'll post a finished photo tomorrow.] My main reason for going to The Historic Arkansas Museum Sunday is to get my copy of "A Sure Defense: The Bowie Knife in America". If you have a knife library, I would recommend this as a "Must Have". The authors (Bill Worthen & Mark Zaleski) are two of the premier authorities on the Bowie knife and the history of it. The book also contains over 200 photos of original Bowies from the early to mid-1800's..