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  1. Gary Mulkey

    Starting a New Mosaic

    It was a beautiful day here in the Ozarks and I took advantage of it to get a new mosaic damascus billet started. I started with a 21 x 4 "W" billet. To this I added some layers of both steels: The next weld: Welded & squaring on the bias: Cut into four getting ready to 4-way: I haven't yet decided if I want to make this into a explosion pattern or into a diamond. Either way I will do either two or three 4-way welds on it. I've yet to decide what style of knife to make from it. I started this one primarily to heat up the shop today before starting work on my latest orders as it was 30 degrees when I started and my only heat for the shop is the forge. I haven't planned any specific project for this steel yet. It will probably end up being a large modern style Bowie with either ironwood or blackwood for a handle.
  2. Gary Mulkey

    Starting a New Mosaic

    Thanks, Alan. You know me, I love making cross-trend Bowies. I would be a little leary doing it on a Bowie #1 though. That's such an iconic knife that the historical buyers might baulk at changing it. I've never tried a Damascus blade on a James Black knife. However I remember years ago when J.R. Cook did it on a Carrigan knife one year when we tied for best historical at the Arkansas Show so that shows that people aren't totally opposed to taking liberties with historicals. I have done it on both Schively & Goergen knives with good success.
  3. Gary Mulkey

    Starting a New Mosaic

    After two 4-way welds this billet is now in the tempering oven in preparation for tile cutting tomorrow. It has a couple of small flaws on this end. I don't expect them to extend very deep. I may need to trim a little more off of it before tile welding. [This will become a conventional, modern style Bowie with an ironwood burl handle.]
  4. Gary Mulkey

    Completed Bowie for Arkansas Show

    Here's my latest Bowie with the escutcheons added. I think that they work well with the mastodon ivory on this one. This one will be on my table in Little Rock next month.
  5. Gary Mulkey

    Completed Bowie for Arkansas Show

    Thanks. I appreciate it.
  6. Gary Mulkey

    Starting a New Mosaic

    The bar was approx. 2" square when I started squaring on the bias.
  7. Gary Mulkey

    Starting a New Mosaic

    What I'm saying is to make the pattern go from the center out symmetrically or to let the pattern form a square.
  8. Gary Mulkey

    S30V

    Jeremy, Everyone has opinions but I've had some extensive exposure to S30V. I was one of the first two makers in the country to receive any of it when it first came out. (That was back in my stock removal days.) To give it a fair trial, I used nothing else for a full year. About 60 days into using it I called up the Crucible Steel New York office to speak with Ed Severson who invented it as I wasn't happy with the H/T. After about an hour on the phone he explained how I could improve the process. It has a very tricky H/T schedule to get the most out of it. Still, after using nothing else for approximately 200 blades, I quit using it and went to other steels. That should tell you something. Also, air quench stainless steels like S30V do not forge well. Let me save you some time & heartache and suggest that you use something else. If you trust my experience with it, you'll find another choice for your forged blades. If you desire something more than 10xx series steels and are good at H/T'ing as well as having an accurate oven then try some W1 or W2.
  9. Gary Mulkey

    Completed Bowie for Arkansas Show

    That's the show. It's the only one that I will be doing this year until The Central States Show next September.
  10. Gary Mulkey

    Completed Bowie for Arkansas Show

    Yes, this was welded in a canoe. It was a combination of diamonds & triangles fitted tightly in the canoe.
  11. Gary Mulkey

    Next attempt at a mosaic

    That was a very nice WIP as well as a quality knife. Thanks for sharing. Well done.
  12. Gary Mulkey

    Drying Curly Maple

    Since you've dried wood before you probably know that you must seal the end grain on each piece. For this you will need either an oil base paint or some melted wax. Air drying will usually only get the wood to 12-14% moisture (depending on the humidity level where you live) which isn't low enough. Once it's done air drying you will need to artificially lower the moisture. Remember that maple is one of the most unstable woods by nature so once dry, it would be best to have it stabilized.
  13. Gary Mulkey

    Designing My Next Bowie

    It's a cold winter solstice night and a good time to sit in front of the wood stove and design a new project. As I recently sold the knife that I was wanting to enter into the damascus competition at the next Arkansas Show, I think that I'll spend tonight designing both the steel & the knife for the show. I think that I'll use one of these two sets of ivory scales for a Peter Rose style Bowie. If you're not familiar with Peter Rose, here's one that I made in the past to give you an idea of where I going with this one:
  14. Gary Mulkey

    Designing My Next Bowie

    The ivory is soft enough to chisel into but this time I'm going to overlay the escutcheons. (When I inlay my handles, I prefer to do that before attaching or shaping the scales.)
  15. Gary Mulkey

    Designing My Next Bowie

    This one now has a clam shell pommel. This ivory is telling me that it needs overlay escutcheons which will be my next project.
  16. Gary Mulkey

    Designing My Next Bowie

    I've yet to file the pommel into a clam shell but it's starting to take shape: I ended up taking some material out of the pommel to help the balance of the knife:
  17. Gary Mulkey

    Thought fer the day, / add yours if you like

    When told by a reluctant customer "I don't need another knife.", I usually reply "The only knife that you need is the one next to your fork on the dinner table. The rest are wants."
  18. Gary Mulkey

    Designing My Next Bowie

    I took advantage of a warm afternoon to do some work on the hilt for this one.
  19. Gary Mulkey

    A Modern Bowie

    For a change I made this one in more of a modern style. The blade is half random/half ladder with an ironwood handle.
  20. Gary Mulkey

    Designing My Next Bowie

    I will use 410, 416 & 420. Of these, the 416 is the most machinable. Most are available at online metals.com.
  21. Gary Mulkey

    Designing My Next Bowie

    I took some time off from working on orders to get all of the components roughed out for this Bowie. I think that once I sand & polish this mastodon ivory that it will have some very nice features. The front handle spacer will be polished smooth. The pommel will get filed into a clam shell.
  22. Gary Mulkey

    Next attempt at a mosaic

    Very nice, Brian. Proud of you.
  23. Gary Mulkey

    A Modern Bowie

    Thanks Cliff, They're made of 416 stainless.
  24. Gary Mulkey

    A Modern Bowie

    The pommel nut screws onto the end of the tang.
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