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  1. I do not do kitchen knives but if I had to say I might have to do a wooden sheath! Having said that, "every knife deserves a sheath"! I mean hell what do you do with a knife without protection for the blade. A folder is safe inside of it's handle. A hunting knife or any carry style knife is worthless without a sheath to protect the knife and its owner! I figure its a necessary evil when it comes to sheath making!! There is a good DVD by Chuck Burrows about sheath making and has a lot real good tips on how to get the professional look! https://www.amazon.com/Custom-Knife-Sheaths-Chuck-Burrows/dp/B001HWBVJY I have seen it cheaper but not lately. Start making them. You screw up a few before you get them like you want them. When I start a knife I have a vision from conception of the blade to sheath that it will wear! Sometimes it doesn't always look like the picture in my mind but that is supposed to be the mark of a good craftsman. To be able to think on your feet. Translation ~ "how am I going to salvage this"!! Or if you are one who truly hates making sheaths there are those who love it and will make a sheath for your knife. And you simply say knife by, Chris Christenberry and sheath by Joe Smith or who ever!! I can name you at least one maker who became famous and he never did the sheaths on their knives!! Daniel Winkler is a MS and his wife Karen Shook does all the sheaths! https://www.artknives.com/knife-archives/daniel_winkler.html There is another maker that makes the Levi Graham that makes similar knives to Winkler and Karen Shook does his sheaths. http://www.levigrahamknives.com/ So making your own sheath is not mandatory but you have to have a meeting of the minds with whoever makes your sheaths. A stock sheath that is not made for the knife seems to stand out like a sore thumb! I will see one every once in a while and think, "that is a stock sheath or he sucks at making the sheath match up with his knives"! Just my O2 on the subject!
  2. Real nice. Like them both. I like the top one most! On questions of how to what is your secret to getting all the pieces in epoxy and in place before it becomes a mad dash at the end to get everything lined up before the epoxy sets! My biggest problem with these types of handles is this. In my hurry to get it all assembled I find out later when grinding down, I have a dry spot on the leather pieces.(Never tried birch before) The dry spot is usually somewhere in the tail end/pommel end of the knife! It will look like there is epoxy and I guess it just wasn't enough to bond well!! Any hints on how to avoid this. I have tried thinning the epoxy and then I worry about dry spots on the entire handle!! Frustrated
  3. One only has to take a quick look at that piece to realize that it was a treasured piece! The amount of work and time it must have taken to complete is a testament to quality of the engraving! https://samlinger.natmus.dk/DO/asset/2359 nprovos I am unsure as to call you Niels or the avatar name but this piece really speaks to me! I assuming by following your work you may be about to make a copy of the piece. If that is so I would love to follow the process! If you find or have any more info on this piece I would love to see it! Was this a piece that someone was buried with or do they think it was carried into battle. The workmanship Vs the date of the piece shows that even in that period of time the quality was there!! This was and is still is a fantastic piece of work! This is not just a run of the mill piece! EDIT: So I did a little research on the piece and came up with this .https://en.natmus.dk/historical-knowledge/denmark/prehistoric-period-until-1050-ad/the-viking-age/the-grave-from-mammen/an-axe-with-double-meaning/ It still leaves me hungering for more info!!
  4. Where in the _ell do you find these auctions ? I look at auctions and flea markets and such and most are selling worse junk than I already got!! Great finds!
  5. I live on a dead end street in a cul-de-sac in the county, here in Florida. One day on my way in to town. I see this bird. I think it was a male Brown Thrasher. There is a female about six feet away. The ole boy is strutting his stuff! He is dancing, spreading his wings fully and kicking up the dirt in an attempt to impress the female. I was sitting in my truck, fully involved in watching the dance he was putting on. When all of the sudden a there was a hawk came diving in at full speed. Locked his talons on the small bird and began to peck him with its beak! All I could think was, I didn't see that coming, ........ and neither did he! Mother nature and her creatures are amazing!!
  6. Damn fine work Rob! Thanks for the WIP. Rob, damn fine work! I looked at this pic and I am thinking he said he was making a socketed spear. This look like the beginning of a tomahawk. Then it hits me. I suddenly understand how the socket is done!!!
  7. Geoof, simple is good and that one is great! I think too often makers seem to try and throw everything but the kitchen sink into a knife!! Simple is like a woman with just a hint of perfume, clothed in a way that has your imagination working overtime to fill in the rest of what your eye can't see! A simple knife hits all those marks, not to much perfume and just enough visual to make you want to pick it up and get to know it!!
  8. A buddy and I went camping/fishing one day. When we first got there, the first thirty minutes they were hitting like gang busters. After an hour of not another bite. I told him, well at least we won't be eating beans for supper! I reached down and pulled the small limb I had tethering a stringer of fish. Raised it up and son of %@$&^. Out of nine fish we had two the turtle had not eaten! Oh well so we only have to eat a few beans!! On the other hand Mr. Turtle didn't have to eat any beans!!
  9. John, still stick behind what I said. I watched your work and a good blade is a "good blade" if you grind and finish the steel correctly. But to make a knife out of it you have to complement that with the right materials, ferule, spacers, finish, of the chosen handle material. Having said that, as a maker you can screw up the handle! However your work has been getting more complete with each knife!! The materials you used on this one complement each other well! The lines of the blade, the handle with proper dimensions and flow. That is what makes it a knife!! This sir is a knife!
  10. John, I have been following your work for a while!! Your puko knives are always well done! Also every one seems to top the last one! I especially like the use of materials on this one!! Your makers mark caught my eye. I am assuming that is stamped. How do you get the dark effect?? If you don't mind answering!!
  11. Prayers to you and your family! My wife has terminal lung cancer. So when I say I understand, I pretty much do! Hang in there and I will say a prayer for you. If it wasn't for my faith, I would have gave up long ago. I know God has a purpose, sometimes it is hard to see!
  12. Have you got a link to Jason and his wood? The pictures say it all!!
  13. This would explain why every time I tried to log on the other day, I kept getting a message about your account has been terminated!! Thanks for getting the forum back up. I never doubted you and also I had no way to contact anyone and let them no!!
  14. That piece is awesome, Aiden!! Absolutely freeeakin awesome!!
  15. Rob, that one is awesome!! Knocked out of the park!!
  16. Thanks, guys! There was a method to my madness. I crush a pair of glasses, (which I have to have for close work) about 1 pair every couple of months. So started buying the Nitize hard cases!! Like these! The case is practically indestructible but what I hate is the zipper. That is the weak point! Anyway back to the story at hand! They use a clip on the back like this one. They are spring loaded but the one thing that makes them great is the design of it. The hook turns inward and once clipped on a belt or a pocket they are almost impossible to come of without trying hard to remove it. I wish I could find something like these Nitize clips from a supplier!!! Notice the difference from the Nitize clip to the regular pocket clip!! The regular pocket clip is designed to be easy on and easy off. The Nitize has the hook turned back to itself and I have never lost one with that hook!! OK, so I got carried away with this explanation!!! I have been tempted to use one of my old ones on a knife sheath just to test run it. I won't sell one with it on it because it looks Mickey Mouse on a leather sheath. You can buy them but they just don't look right on a leather sheath. I have been looking for a source for metal ones like the Nitize but no luck so far!! The ones in the pic are made by a company called Cellet!! They would look good with a kydex sheath but I don't do kydex!!
  17. Alan, who sells clips like that or did you make it??
  18. Your father is proud of his son for honoring him this way! So am I Dave, so am I!
  19. Need some aluminum for a project in the shop?? Check out this black Friday deal! https://www.industrialmetalsales.com/
  20. Jake, they are all great! My personal choice for the one I liked the most is the last one!! Great work!!
  21. Richard, since I started following you. You always amaze me with your work and there is no disappointment with this one! Top shelf material!
  22. Awesome Gary, but that is your middle name, Gary Awesome Mulkey!!
  23. You won't go wrong with the Cades Cove Loop. Be prepared to stop and watch the animals and take lots of photos! When we went they took us thru there on the drive tour and there was probably 15 cars. The dude behind me kept blowing the horn every time the procession stopped to take pics of the animals! After about the fifth time, I got out of my car and told him, Dude I have no idea why you came on this trip if you didn't want to see the scenery and the animals! Then I paused and told him if he didn't want to see this then pass or turn around but, if you continue to blow that horn every time we stop I am gonna come back there and shove it up your ^$$! Everybody in the procession started to cheer. He must have got the message because he quit blowing the horn!! But you won't regret the trip unless you run in to some like the dude!!
  24. Here is a link to a site that might help you to figure it out! http://worldbayonets.com/Bayonet_Identification_Guide/Britian__Pre_WWII_/B1297/B1297-6.html
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