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Steve Nowacki

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About Steve Nowacki

  • Birthday 08/10/1963

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

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  1. Steve Nowacki

    San Mai and Koa vest Bowie.

    Thank you for your comments Brian. Steve
  2. Steve Nowacki

    San Mai and Koa vest Bowie.

    Evening gents The blade for this vest Bowie is 6" long and 3/16" on the spine, it has a core of 80Cr V2 which has been laminated with Hitachi Shiro 2 and outer layers of 431 stainless. I've not used these steels in this combination before and I was really pleased how the carbon in the stainless has migrated into the Shiro 2 layers. The steel single branch hand guard has been cold blued and the handle is a lovely piece of stabilised Hawaiian Koa held with one stainless pin, the overall length of the knife is 11 1/8". The double welted sheath has been dyed walnut, with a black patterned front panel with small domed pins surrounding an inlayed python skin panel. I hope you like her, thank you for taking the time to look and all questions and critique very welcome. Happy Easter Steve
  3. Steve Nowacki

    A forged Field Hunter

    Cheers guys thank you for your comments. A little bit of mix and match Joshua has added to the overall feel of this piece.
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    A forged Field Hunter

    I would call this a drop point hunter Gerald, it's just a recognised style of blade shape really. You don't have to carry it into the field to do any work on game with it, this style of blade will excel at many camp tasks as well as bushcraft. Thank you for your comments guys and for taking the time to look at this piece. Steve
  5. Steve Nowacki

    A forged Field Hunter

    Hi Charles Thanks for your comments buddy, here are a couple more shots of the knife from underneath, hope they help.
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    A forged Field Hunter

    Morning guys, here's some pics of this latest hunter off the bench. It's a bit of an unusual one for me. It has an L-3 (52100) blade, 120mm long, 4mm thick on the spine, overall length 255mm, brute de forge finger choil, Macassar ebony scales, inlayed with two bone escutcheons, with red liners held by two S/S Corbies, wet formed deep pouch sheath, dyed golden brown with a Moran style smiling moon in nickel silver.The reason for the Bill Moran theme is the pieces of bone were bought by the client from the shop sale after Bill Moran passed away so these with the forged finger choil and moon were added as a homage to him. All questions and comments greatly appreciated. Steve
  7. Thanks guys for your continual appreciation over this piece. I'm glad you've enjoyed it as much as I did making it. Steve
  8. Steve Nowacki

    1750's style french trappers knife WIP

    Thanks for that Wes. I have so many pic's of this build that I would love to turn it into a book maybe sometime in the future, but it's like a lot of things I just need to find the time.
  9. Steve Nowacki

    1750's style french trappers knife WIP

    It's a pleasure Alan you're more than welcome buddy and thank you for your sentiments it means a great deal to me.
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    1750's style french trappers knife WIP

    Now to rivet the saddle to the back spring. This is the snap rivet tool held in the vice. The groove on the back of the spring here is to help the blade track nice and true when opening and closing the knife. Now to clean the blade up with successive finer grits of abrasive. The bucking bar here is used to support the antler taper and hold the rivet in place which will attach the back spring to the handle. This is the only place where the back spring is physically attached to the handle. The saddle is riveted to the back spring and then the saddle is pinned to the sides of the handle, this creates more support closer to the pivot point of the blade and adds more pressure when opening and closing the knife. If you look closely at the lower picture you'll see that the inside of the antler is shiny that's because I apply super glue to the inside surfaces of the antler where any soft pith is still present. It just hardens any of these areas and will make the inner part of the handle less susceptible to water or moisture ingress. Everything is now coming together quite nicely. The rivets which hold the saddle in place are dry fitted and then marked and then cut to length so they do not protrude into the groove where the blade sits and cause any obstruction. They are then re-fitted with a little super glue to make sure they don't come out. Here are the final pic's of the completed knife plus a rustic style sheath made so the customer can wear his knife on his belt. I hope you've enjoyed the WIP guys and thank you again Alan for pinning it to the board.
  11. Steve Nowacki

    1750's style french trappers knife WIP

    It's tipping it down here so I've got some more time to load a few more pic's for this WIP. Just extending the notch on the back of the blade so it fits tighter with the back spring. Now the saddle is made from some thin M/S sheet and then coloured using plum browning solution. Making the small rivets which will hold all of the pieces together on the handle. This rivet actually goes through the antler and into the back spring and holds the back spring in place on the handle as can been seen in the lower picture. This round bar I've drilled and tapped so I can hold the pommel cap more securely when filing and shaping it. One more check of everything then I'll gun blue the cap with some Phillips cold bluing solution.
  12. Steve Nowacki

    8.5" Wa-Gyuto

    They look great, nice slim and slicey.
  13. Steve Nowacki

    1750's style french trappers knife WIP

    Next instalment, I've taken a 3.25mm M/S welding rod and hammered it square ready to twist and make the finger ring on the top of the back spring. I'll run the torch along the bar and then twist. The next thing is to make some of the rivets that'll be used in the construction of the folder. Now for the brass crown which will sit on top of the saddle, just as a bit of decoration. Working the back spring, forming the finials each end and a little bit of file work.
  14. Steve Nowacki

    1750's style french trappers knife WIP

    Cheers Alan, you are the man. I'll post some more tomorrow. Steve
  15. Steve Nowacki

    1750's style french trappers knife WIP

    Here are a few more pic's to be going on with. This is just one of the adapted saws that I use to cut the groove into the taper. And the u-shaped clamp in use. Milling in the nail nick. A piece of leaf spring being cut which will be forged and used for the external back spring. A wooden template made so I can see that the shape of the spring matches the antler handle. Getting there. Dry fit up.