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Bob Hewitt

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  1. Is this the one that bit you? If it is, just leave it as it is, I think it looks fine just like that, and its obviously grown a bit of an attitude problem and if it doesn't like whatever process you decide to inflict upon it next - well, who knows what tricks it's got in mind... Bob
  2. Heller, Rob, you've done a proper job on that, mate. Best of luck with the stitching! Bob
  3. That's got a bit of the old green river skinner about it, Rob, a great blade that's part of my growing up years! Yours looks every bit as good, and if it handles as well as it looks like it should, you're on a winner! bob
  4. That is a superb Bowie, I suppose it really proves that a working tool can be a piece of art at the same time. I've seen, and admired, a good few of your bowies but this one really does it, a truly great piece! Bob
  5. One owner from new, little old lady, only used on weekends, very low mileage, one of the true classics...
  6. Yep, swearing a him makes no difference! Wouldn't have it any other way!
  7. That's a sweet pup, Rob! The first picture makes it look like she's got a leg in the wrong place! Here's my mate, he's been watching me abuse steel for years, just tucked under a bench in the warm, especially this time of year. For some bizarre reason it he pic's landed on it's side, but I'm sure you'll get the idea. Have a good new year, Mate!
  8. For a first attempt that's bloody good! You should see some of my first attempts of years ago, the scrap pile was significantly taller by the time I got to one I was happy with. What Rob says is usually true, the steel will let you know what it wants to be, just go with it and see where it leads, you might be surprised! Excellent job, well done!
  9. Liking that, it looks to be very well balanced and promises to be a good worker. Especially like the antler!
  10. Liking both of those, mate, but the one that's got me intrigued is the top one. Be interesting to see the end result of that one. Great job!
  11. Red Oak, if you spend an hour or so using it as intended with a skeletal handle, the first thing you'll do once the knife is clean and dry is fit scales! I once, and only once, dressed out a deer with a skeletal handled knife and hated every dangerous minute of it! The thing twisted all over the place once my hands had a bit of blood on them, it was impossible to hold properly. Scales are much safer and look much better too! Bob
  12. Beautiful blade! An excellent job all round, very well done!
  13. That's really impressive, I do like low layer blades, and that woodwork, well, what is there to say, apart from absolutely superb!
  14. You'll never get tired of seeing that much horse gambolling around like a newborn lamb!
  15. He's a handsome boy, right enough! Many, many moons ago I had the joy of riding one of those. A mate was a farrier for a shire horse centre that was run by a local brewery and was sometimes asked to exercise the horses. We'd take six out, three each, riding one and leading one in each hand, into a huge wooded area to the rear of the centre. In the middle of the woods was a clearing where we'd slip the lot of them and just let them run! It was always early morning, just as it was getting light, and to see and hear these magnificent creatures galloping around and jumping into the air just for the hell of it was a sight that I'll never forget! And did the ground shake! The makers mark looks pretty good too, handsome horse in full dress, what's not to like!
  16. I've made a few of these as give aways for a few new knifemakers. I very quickly stopped using wood and moved on to using mild steel. The wood is too flexible and doesn't give repeatable results, the guide holes wear, etc. Make a tee piece from two bits of scrap steel by bolting or welding and drill a hole big enough to take a six inch eye bolt at the end opposite the tee. With two nuts and washers this will be your height adjustment for the guide rod. Across the tee section superglue a thin piece of steel, thinner than your blade steel, to act as a repeatable stop for your blade. Using a pair of vice grips, clamp your blade to the tee section, put the rod with the file attached through the eye bolt and use the nuts and washers to adjust for height to give you the bevel angle. With a bit of fiddling, some masking tape and a few pencil marks, you can produce as many blades as you like, all with a repeatable bevel. I've probably not explained this too well, but if anybody would like pictures of a finished jig I'll try and get some up later. It's too early here to do it now!
  17. They're both works of art, but my vote goes for the desk knife!
  18. Sounds like a plan, Mate, if I ever get any nearer I'll give you a shout!
  19. They're some damn good looking tongs, Mate! Far tidier than mine, I just rivet two bits of flat steel together, get the end hot, twist it 90 degrees and batter the jaws to fit whatever. It works, but they certainly don't look anywhere near as good as yours. Excellent work, if you were a bit nearer the UK we could be doing a bit of business!
  20. Nice, proper "old school hunter", great job!
  21. All I use on my burners is a length of mild steel pipe with an internal diameter big enough to allow the body of the burner through. Cut a piece of pipe about 70mm to 75mm and extend the pipe over the end of the burner body approx 40mm. Tack weld the other end of the pipe to the burner body and that's it! Works for me!
  22. That is one of the best looking blades I've seen for a good while, a beautiful thing!
  23. Yeah, weird font indeed! I'm liking the look of the knife though, very pleasing blade shape, nice woodwork, great overall appearance. Should make a great user!
  24. That's a sweet looking set, simple but very well executed. There's a lot of mileage to be had from both of those tools. Excellent pictures too!
  25. The saw table should be fine. Is it a steel topped table or wood? Is your forge on legs, assuming that you've built a gas forge? Might be worth a thought to insulate the tabletop from the forge if the table is wood. Any steel is good for practice or just getting a 'feel' for what's going on, but before you get any sensible answers about suitable steels you'll need to let the hive mind know what you intend making! Keep in mind though, if you find yourself working on an important piece, commerative bowie, high quality hunting knife, etc, it's best to start with fresh, quality steel. A 500mm length of 01 tool steel is cheap, easily heat treated at home with a bit of care (search the forum for more on that) and of a known quality and performance. How do you think you'll feel after spending many hours forging, grinding, polishing, etc, your perfect Bowie only to find that it won't harden or shatters after you quench it in some totally unsuitable medium! Mystery steel is good for a lot of things, but when it matters, use something suitable that you know is good for the job. That way, if something does go wrong, you'll know it was you that screwed up rather than the steel!
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