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Steve Nowacki

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Steve Nowacki last won the day on April 30 2017

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    My Family, Knife making, Martial Arts, good books, guns, camping, walking and hunting.

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  1. The Nomad

    Hi Gents Thank you for taking the time to look and comment on this piece, sorry I haven't got back a bit sooner, work just gets in the way I'm pleased to say. The Shiro 2 white paper steel by itself isn't actually laminated. The bars that I have are 5.5mm thick with a solid white paper core which has been laminated with wrought iron. The bars already have a total of 11 layers in them prior to me forge welding them to another core. I have made stock removal blades from this material on it's own in the past and even though it makes a beautiful cutting blade I always feel the pattern produced is a little boring and looks quite sterile because of how the sheet comes out of the mill. By using a different core in this case L3/52100 and putting a bar of the Shiro 2 on each side making a san mai billet I feel it creates a more interesting pattern. When welded what you can see is the L3/52100 core/cutting edge, moving up the blade you then see the bottom layers of the Shiro 2 bar welded to the core then you get the solid band of white paper steel which is close to the spine of the knife. The top layers of the Shiro 2 are almost completely removed, there are just a couple of hints of this left right on the edge of the spine and as for the iron wood Wes it definitely is a beautiful material to use. I just wish I could get more figured blocks of the stuff over here in the UK, the straight grained blocks I can get which are 125mm x 45mm x 30mm set me back £29 sterling. Not cheap or maybe cost effective I know, but like you said buddy it is a beautiful wood and it does add a certain something to the overall look of any knife. Steve
  2. The Vanguard

    Cheers guys I'm glad you like how it turned out. Steve
  3. The Nomad

    Thank you for that Alan, I agree with you about the Tec-Lok system. I don't have that on my personal sheath carry I have the same style sheath, but I have moulded Kydex belt loops instead, it carries the sheath closer to my body and I still get multi carry positions with them.
  4. The Nomad

    Hi Gents I did this one a little while back, but this is the first chance I've had to post it. The blade for this knife has an L-3 core laminated with Hitachi white paper steel cheeks, blade length is 120mm, it's 5.5mm thick on the spine with an overall length of 250mm. The full tang is tapered, the handle scales are Arizona desert ironwood with black liners, held with two S/S Corby bolts and one mosaic pin. The sheath is a wet formed pancake style dyed walnut brown with Kydex rivets and a large Tek-Lok belt clip. Thank you for taking the time to look gents, all comments, questions and critique welcome. Steve
  5. The Vanguard

    Hi Gents The blade for this harpoon point style Bowie has a core of 1095 steel laminated with white paper steel cheeks. The blade length is 185mm, the blade thickness is 5mm on the spine and the overall length of the knife is 318mm. The single branch carbon steel hand guard has a patterned surface, has been gun blued and is backed by a single nickel silver spacer. The handle is Macassar ebony and is held to the tang with one 4mm stainless pin. The double welted leather sheath has been dyed walnut brown with a black frame on the front panel inlaid with faux ostrich leather. A Sam brown stud is at the throat to keep the sheath in position for a sash carry and at the sheaths tip there is a single eyelet to attach a lanyard if required. Thank you for taking the time to look, all of your comments and critique are very welcome. Steve
  6. 12" D-Guard Bowie in 1080 and Sambar stag

    Gents, thank you once again for your comments on this Bowie. I would like to wish all on Bladesmiths forum a happy, productive and healthy New Year. All the best Steve

    There is a huge amount of work there, superbly done. The handle material goes beautifully with the colours in the leather, what a fantastic job.
  8. 12" D-Guard Bowie in 1080 and Sambar stag

    Gents, thank you again for all of your comments. Gary I'm a great admirer of you're work and as a fellow ABS brother your remarks mean a great deal to me. Steve
  9. 12" D-Guard Bowie in 1080 and Sambar stag

    Wes I know where you're coming from buddy. I was walking around this morning like a zombie wondering whether to put shorts on or jeans I couldn't make up my mind. That's old age for you.
  10. 12" D-Guard Bowie in 1080 and Sambar stag

    Thanks Wes, for the coining I used that Grobet Swiss checkering file. I think I said something about that in a previous post. You can buy them on Amazon, but they're not cheap for what they are, but I think they're worth the money. For the gun blue I use Phillips professional cold blue. It always gives me great results. I am looking at getting some Caswell steel ox and seeing what the results are like. There's a company that supplies it not far from me and I'll give them a visit after Christmas.
  11. 12" D-Guard Bowie in 1080 and Sambar stag

    Thank you for taking the time to look and comment guys, it's always greatly appreciated. Steve
  12. Hi Guys The blade for this Bowie is from 1080 steel, it's 306mm - 12 1/8" long, 45mm wide, 6mm thick on the spine. The blade was coated with clay and differentially hardened, the front portion of the D- Guard has a clam shell filed into the top with vine file work along it's edges. It has been gun blued with the side relief polished. There are three coined nickel silver spacers, the bolster has tram lines cut onto it's surface, it has been gun blued with the surface edges again polished back. The handle is a beautiful piece of Sambar stag tine which I dyed with potassium permanganate and sealed with Danish oil. The butt cap forms the rear portion of the D-Guard. It's filed to match the flutes on the antler, has vine file work on it's edges and has been finished to match the front section. The overall length of this knife including the pommel nut is 453mm - 17 13/16" The sheath for this knife is a Mexican belt loop style. The back section has a crocodile print embossed onto it's surface and is dyed walnut brown. The sheath is dyed walnut with a black front panel inlayed with python skin. The front loop is laced with a leather thong, has 6 x 2mm studs, a brass conch and is finished with beads and horse hair filled brass cones. I hope you like it, thank you for taking the time to look and comment. All critique very welcome. All the best Steve
  13. Something different from me... not really. But I like it.

    Beautiful lines on the blade Wes, the plunge lines are super clean and the desert iron wood is beautiful. Overall that's top draw work, a knife and sheath that will give you a lifetime of service.
  14. Sojobo, A drop point fighter.

    Thank you Alan.
  15. Sojobo, A drop point fighter.

    Hi Guys This drop point fighter has a centre core made with 37 layers of white paper steel and 15N 20 and a cutting edge made from 47 layers of white paper steel and 15N 20 which has been twisted and then forge welded together. Blade length is 145mm, blade thickness is just over 5mm and the overall length is 278mm. The single branch carbon steel hand guard has been gun blued, the handle is stabilised exhibition grade California buckeye burl held in place with one hand made mosaic pin. The leather sheath has a crocodile skin pattern embossed on it's surface, it's been dyed saddle tan and on the front there is a black leather frame which is inlaid with grey cat fish leather. The single keeper is held with a brass Sam brown stud. Thank you for taking the time to look, all comments and critique very welcome. All the best Steve