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  1. There is something about your style Jake. You make the simplest knives look beautiful. Have always been an admirer of your work.
  2. Thank you for the clarity Alan . Adding this to my someday to-do list
  3. Right Alan. I thought so also that this is definitely not soldered. So got my brain in a tizzy how this is done. I love the look of that crossbar . I am not sure the knife has a crossbar on the bottom part of the bolster also but that seems unlikely. I cannot find an image of the bottom of the bolster. Would a staple or blind rivet be strong enough?
  4. Hi Folks, I was looking at some of the knives made by the legendary Bob Loveless and came across a feature on one of his stiff horn pattern knife. Image copied from Knives Illustrated It is called a crossbar on the bolsters and I am wondering how this is constructed?
  5. Nice work Alex.This is going to be one beauty of a dagger. Can't wait to see the finished piece.
  6. I am under the impression that this is rosewood as it is really hard to cut and had a strong turpentine like smell. When cut fresh it had a dark brown appearance with reddish streaks. I am not very sure why it turned almost black. I had applied 4 to 5 coats of linseed oil after final shaping and somehow it turned darker after each coat. I will try to obtain some renissance wax and danish oil meanwhile.
  7. Thank you Doug. I am trying to explore ways in which I can have a full tang for a part of the handle and a through tang or stick tang for the remaining part. Working on a persian style blade with similar construction at the moment.
  8. Hi Charles, It's a combination of rosewood and teakwood. Rosewood for endcap and front bolsters and teakwood in between.
  9. Thank you Ron. I must admit your version looks more appealing
  10. Hi folks, Had this small bear claw design stuck in my head since a long time. Wanted to give it an antique look with the design. The overall length is 5.5 inches made from a leftover piece of leaf spring. The finger hole was cut with a dremel and then drifted with a round punch. Brass is from the body of an old brass water tap. It can be held in a reverse and forward grip. The wood pommel gives a really secure hold at all times. Would love to hear all your critiques on the design.
  11. Hello folks. Finally got around to finishing the knife . Need some advice about polishing the handle a little more though. Beeswax and a varnish coat should do fine?
  12. A dry fit ( without epoxy) assembly of the knife. Everything fits nice and smug. Ready for the final assembly now.
  13. Finally got to making all the components of the knife. Now a final round of individual cleanup, finishing followed by fitting everything together
  14. I think the construction looks historical enough. I suggest rosewood for the hilt and instead of the two strips of silver on the front guard use a wide silver band with some embossed motifs.
  15. Made some progress on the blade for the second knife. Blade has been forged close to shape and the shoulders filed.I thought of making the front area of the handle a little more well defined by adding a guard. A rough sketch of what the knife should look like. Now let's see how close I can get to the sketch. Found a nice piece of rosewood lying around which will be used for the front scales and at the end of the handle.
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