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About R.W. Deavers

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    Small Bowie/hunter knife

    Thank you, but I didn't set the stones, my good friend did (who also owns the knife). I do believe he made pockets in the brass then set them with epoxy.
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    Small Bowie/hunter knife

    I know it's been a little while since my last visit here, let alone since I last posted. But this one I thought deserved to be posted. A good friend wanted a dress version of a knife I did for him a while ago. The blade style is a hybrid of a Bowie and a hunter type with a blade length of just under 6 inches with a through tang construction. The blade was forged from a piece of leaf spring. The guard, finger spacer, and pommel are brass. Between the guard and spacer is ebony then between the spacer and pommel is purple heart. The very same friend that wanted this knife did the stone work. In total, there is almost 10 carats of rubies. I have never worked with either wood before, so it was a nice break from the normal. Overall, I am rather pleased with this one, and so is my good friend.
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    Hunter Bowie

    Yeah, another Bowie build. This is a customer order. The blade is forged from leaf spring, the guard and pommel are forged from railroad spike then finished and blued. The handle is spalted tamarind with leather spacers. This is the first time I tried a piece with blued pieces and I think it was the right call on this one.
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    Thank you Zeb. Seeing that video was the best present I received today. To me, and I think to all smiths, that is the reason why we do what we do. And a Merry Christmas to you and yours!
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    Longclaw is now home... Merry Christmas!
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    Crusader sword

    And for today's progress... The blade had to go back into the forge to take care of a slight warp. The warp was spread out and too much to grind out, so I got it straightened and annealed (again). After all that, the cleanup work has begun along with the beginning of the bevel work.
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    Crusader sword

    More progress made today. The blade now has a general profile with the start of hammered in bevels. I still have a way to go yet, but this is starting to look like something. I'm getting excited now.
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    Crusader sword

    Thanks everyone. As for the distal taper, I'm after a nice, gentle taper along the entire blade with the end of the fuller almost disappearing into the central spine near the tip.
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    Crusader sword

    My crusade has begun. With my interest in the Knights Templar and the beginning of the new show 'Knightfall', I finally decided to embark on the crusader sword. While the ones in the show have all of the engraving and enhancements, I will be trying to be more historically correct. The target overall length is about 39" with a blade width of 2 1/4" at the hilt. The fuller length will be about 2/3 of the length of the blade. The hilt will be a simple cross hilt and the pommel will be a simple medallion type. In the photo, you see what I started out with, a new leaf spring blank that was cut in half. I have one of the blade blanks roughly forged with more forging to go.
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    Thanks Joshua, I couldn't be happier with this project.
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    You're welcome, and thank you, Charles.
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    Thank you. I tried to get close to his, but with a few minor artistic choices.
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    And the moment everyone has been waiting for... Longclaw is finished. Reflecting back on this whole process, granted there have been some frustration (and what good project does have at least an ounce), but the journey has been well worth it. To be honest, I am so pleased with how this came out, I am humbled. Now, the specifics; the blade was forged from a leaf spring blank, the hilt and handle spacer are mild steel, the handle core is ash wrapped in black leather, and the pommel is cast and sculpted pewter with set rubies for the eyes. I could not have done this project without the help of a very close friend, Matt Maund. He has been instrumental will the leather, but mostly with casting the pommel and setting the rubies. The blade is 34" long and 2 1/4" wide at the hilt. The point of balance is about 4 1/2" from the hilt up the blade. The overall length is 45 1/4" and the handle itself is 5 1/2" long. The quillions are about three inches from the blade edge.