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Torben Fuessle

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  1. Thanks Clint, I appreciate the feedback too.  I didn’t have any templates or anything so I used a set of French curves to design the clip point.   I would be interested in other ways of doing them, I read a few threads in the forums but haven’t done any extensive research on Bowie design.  Just by seeing examples it seems there is a lot of variety.

  2. I just recently finished my second Bowie knife.  I’m learning more about fit up with hidden tangs and dealing with guards.  I used a technique I read on the forums by drilling out the inside of the antler and using the marine putty.  I forged a s shaped guard for it but it was not very tight fit so I used brass.  It’s 13 inch blade, 150 layer Damascus, with red stag handle. Pictures below are right after fitup without final sharpening.







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  3. I had been using resolene and tan kote for finishes on my leather.  I do Western carving on my sheaths and use the resolene as a resist and tan kote as a top coat.  I resently used fieblings pro resist before antique.  It is amazing stuff,  works as advertised bringing out hues In the leather.  I followed with tan kote then another layer of pro resist as a top coat since tan coat doesn’t seem gray with water.  It is a excellent product and highly recommend it for anyone looking to experiment with their finishing.  The sheath in the picture has stain applied for color but you can still get an idea of how it helps bring out shades of color much better than resolene in my opinion.  


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  4. My brothers girlfriend is a avid hiker, naturalist and forages for mushrooms etc.  I built a foraging knife for her, it’s a small blade with stabilized box elder handle and mosaic pins .  I used 1084 and 15n20 for the blade.  I wanted the brush to be simple and replaceable so I used a natural fiber threaded through a ¼” hole at the butt of the handle and used a whipping to secure it.  The sheath is a Sheridan style with a fringe I made from some 3 oz leather.  I am a beginner and want to thank all the experienced bladesmiths who post because I am learning a lot from you all.  



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  5. I’m a beginner and new to the forums. This is my latest knife I made for a friend. Im working on my next knife and followed some of the advice on the forums about using some good files instead of a belt sander.  I was able to get real symmetrical bevels and the knife was a lot better in quality.  I’ll post when I get it finished.  



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