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  1. John Ricks

    Fat Belly Skinner

    You old timers and experienced gents will laugh, but think about the intended use of the knife, not good artistic looks. Sort of a red neck approach. After all I was born in the swamps of Georgia, USA! I use the skinner with my index finger along the point of the blade, gives better control and reduces hide cuts. The shapes below have served me well in deer and elk out here in the Pacific Northwest. A plus is when you have the knife in one hand, both hands up in the chest cavity cutting out lungs, windpipe and other things you know where the tip of the blade is and do not wack your off knife hand. Done that in the past with a bigger, heavy knife. I have found that with my hand and all fingers wrapped around the handle I have less control. The handle is curved to fit my closed palm. The blades are thin and light. These are just utility blades guys, not showpieces. The 4 in the upper left are patterns. My thoughts on a lanyard or thong hole in the handle: Useless. I lost a prized knife many years ago, foolishly had the knife on a sheath on the belt, and was tracking through some thick brush. Got to a clearing for a rest, the knife was gone! Snatched by a snag or limb thanks to the thong loop, pulled it right out of the sheath. After that the knives were tucked away in my pack.
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    Starting a New Bowie Project

    Elk foreleg bone. Tough and polishes up like ivory. I have some somewhere in the shop, I will did out a few and take a look, maybe polish up one on the buffer. They have been in the stash and curing for over 30 years so should be ready for handles.
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    What is this?

    If the bottom is recessed or dovetailed a bit, it is a bottom anvil for a drop hammer. The bottom anvil is held in the drop hammer with tapered steel wedges that are hammered in. I have one, in the photos below the dovetails are filled with the wood retainers to keep the anvil on the post. The steel rods are inserted in holes so two people can lift the anvil, it weighs 250 pounds. Came from a big steam drop hammer. If yours is indeed a drop hammer anvil, it is likely cast steel instead of iron. Nice find!!!
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    Anvil weight question.

    I have 4 anvils, one is the 100 pound Vulcan in this photo, similar to yours. Others up to 196 pounds. I am often amazed at the abuse the poor anvils sometimes receive in the past. Especially the chipping they receive from mis-directed hammer blows. I plan on dressing the edges on mine. That bar welded to your anvil completely blows my mind. Why would someone do this?????
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    Starting a New Bowie

    Absolutely breath taking!
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    Completed Pair of Bowies

    Like stepping back in time and viewing the work of the Great Masters. Gary, if you lived in the early 1800's, the Bowie Brothers would be beating a path to your door!!!! You are indeed a Master of our times.
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    My Next Commission--Schively/Perkins Bowie

    Impeccable work as always Gary. Of all the Bowies the Schively captures my interest the most. Form and function at its best with no "Hollywood" additives. This knife would serve well not only for defense but a good design for butchering a steer or quartering an Elk.
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    Ok, crazy idea. Has anyone

    One of my general purpose grinders in the shop. 2-1/2 x 60 belt. Note the step pulleys for changing speeds. I run it in slow most of the time. Cuts great with a 60 grit Norton. Made it over 30 years ago.
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    A Scary Day Here at the Old Homestead

    Scary. Any more ideas on the cause? 5 years ago I replaced the old wood stove with a new efficient unit. Put in all new chimney parts. Hired everything out to the pro stove shop. When the guys were removing the old chimney piping they found a partially open joint just under the roof peak where the piping penetrated the roof. General opinion was this easily could have caught the roof on fire. We all know when a 3 tab roof catches fire it is impossible to put out. So guys, if you heat with wood, have a pro thoroughly inspect the chimney and roof penetration. Cheap insurance!!!!
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    Custom Anvil for Knifemakers

    I have forged few knives on this one. And I like it for forging blades. A lot of surface area. 200 pounds. A bottom anvil from a big drop hammer. The steel rods fit into lifting holes and are used for transporting the anvil, a two man job. Photos taken when it was sitting under a shed behind the barn. Now cleaned up and ready for use. I have three London Style anvils (196 pound, 150 pound and a 100 pound) but I like this flat one for the knives.
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    handles

    Yep if you seriously work with wood you need a moisture meter. 11 to 12 percent is as low as the wood will dry in my area: Pacific NW Rain Forest! My friend in Idaho can get down to 5 percent.
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    2018 Project WIP

    Looking very nice.
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    2018 Project WIP

    Next time I cut into a blank I will save some for you.
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    2018 Project WIP

    So is the cold weather giving you problems? Sure sounds nasty on the news. Looking forward to more progress photos!
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    2018 Project WIP

    Sure, no problem. I deleted the photos as I felt I was hijacking your postings.
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