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Raymond Richard

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  1. Raymond Richard

    Completed Shively Bowie

    You just kilt a tree......... You've really been doing great work over the last several years. I still remember meeting you at the Spirit of Steel show a week or two after 911. What is the handle material?
  2. Raymond Richard

    Royal Impala

    #1 This knife was a royal pain. First time using a piece of impala horn. The blade was part of another knife I assembled at least 15 years ago. It just didn't look right in the configuration it was in before and there were times I wish I had left it alone. The older I get I find if I take to long a break from knife making the longer it takes me to remember how to do things so most my time was spent relearning what I had forgotten. I can't remember what steel was used for the blade but I recall using 1060 or 1065 back about that time. The blade is 7 1/2" and the over all knife is just over 12". The guard is wagon wheel wrought iron and the butt is mild steel. Now to see if I remember how to attach a photo.
  3. Raymond Richard

    Completed Pair of Bowies

    Gary, How many elves are hanging out in your shop? What wood did you use for the handles? Nice looking work!
  4. Raymond Richard

    Hupmobile leaf spring come back to Life!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hupmobile James, when my friend told me he had a leaf spring from a Hupmobile I thought he was messing with me. I was thinking clown car. I have no idea as to the year of the car. Here's a link that has some information on this brand of car: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hupmobile
  5. Vern, I had a very similar thought. Hood ornaments. Casting is something I have never done. I like your work......
  6. Raymond Richard

    Hupmobile leaf spring come back to Life!

    A good friend of mine salvaged a leaf spring from a old rusted out Hupmobile that came with some property he hand purchased. He gave me a leaf spring from it several years ago and have now forged a couple blades from it so far. Pretty sure just by working with this steel I believe it to be 1050 in its simplest form. By far the easiest steel I have ever hand forged as far as I can remember. Have had good luck quenching it in water but will also harden up in oil. I had purchased some buggy wagon springs in Montana several years ago and now believe these springs are also 1050. Did another mustard patina on this blade, not sure if the antler I used is from a deer or an elk, and the fittings are mild steel. Extra: built in gyroscope allows knife to stand on its on...... HUP-2 was used in the making of this knife.
  7. Raymond Richard

    Perhaps the busiest knife I have ever made...

    Wes, I think you should make more knives. The whole knife looks great!
  8. Raymond Richard

    San Francisco Bowie

    Thanks for the reply's. I probably gave this project more thought than how long it took me to actually put it together. Wasn't real crazy about the blade shape and also had thought about making it a double bevel. It was the first stock removal blade for me in a long time. Good thing I had a jig I made for grinding bevels. That grinding was more work than I remembered. I even wore a mask....... My first choice for handle material is some type of antler. Finding a straight'ish one was a challenge. I've just been using mild steel for the fittings since January. The wrought iron was a lot more work. Looking forward to see what the other makers come up with.
  9. Raymond Richard

    San Francisco Bowie

    Today at 12:50 PM #1 At the end of the OKCA knife show I was asked to make an Award knife to be given away to one of several persons that displayed the fantastic knife collections at the 2019 show. I was one of at least a dozen makers that were given a blank of the San Francisco Bowie to turn into a knife. Not sure how they tagged it a Bowie, maybe Bowie is the last name. I guess you could say I made it my way.....
  10. Raymond Richard

    A couple of knives for an exhibition.

    I've never seen a deer antler crown as straight as the one you used. Was the deer a Sambar Stag? Both knives looks exceptional!
  11. Raymond Richard

    Completed Bowie/Fighter

    This is the one you just started? When do you sleep? Looks real good to me.....
  12. Raymond Richard

    Swedish/Japanese Swordsmith

    Deker, I'm not 100% sure about the hand forging. In the past two years I have had my right shoulder rotator cuff repaired and had my right wrist fused. The shoulder is much better now but the fused right wrist is a problem. Gripping a hammer is very strange now. Here's a knife I finished in March with a blade I had forged 10 or 12 years earlier. Here's a free look.......
  13. Raymond Richard

    Oregon Knife Show - April 7th and 8th

    Been waiting to get the picture of this fighter that was taken professionally, not sure by who but it was taken at the show. It got a little mustard on it while l was eating a hot dog......
  14. Raymond Richard

    Completed Bowie/Fighter

    These are the bigger pictures but I understand.......
  15. Raymond Richard

    Completed Bowie/Fighter

    I hope your well pleased with the way this knife turned out. Fine looking fighter!