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This one is going to a professor of art in Spain - Gib would be pleased!








As always it's even better in person - the subtle variations/nuances of the colors are much richer in person and of course there is the tactile senses, of touch and smell, which one cannot enjoy from a picture.

Here are the specifications:

Blade length: 5 9/16" - blade has a bit of filework on it

Blade steel: 5160

Overall length: 10"

Handle: mule deer leg bone with a buffalo rawhide and hemp thread wrap

Guard: Brass

Sheath: Bark tan cowhide liner with a carved deer rawhide cover

Decoration: Beaded brain tan buckskin cuff and beaded lower edge with brass tacks and nails. Glass beads, tin cone, and buffalo hair danglers. The belt loop is bark tan cowhide with a carved deer rawhide "fix'it" patch

Chuck Burrows

Wild Rose Trading Co



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Your work gives me the feeling of actually being in the time period of which you execute so perfectly. This is a great package, the soon to be owner is going to love it. Who wouldn't? Fantastic work. Wade


Jos et löydä rauhaa itsestämme on turhaa etsiä sitä muualta.

If you can not find peace within yourself, it is useless to look elsewhere.

Visit my website http://www.wadesknives.com

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Well done, Beautiful, a coheasive piece.

Ben Potter Bladesmith



It's not that I would trade my lot

Or any other man's,

Nor that I will be ashamed

Of my work torn hands-


For I have chosen the path I tread

Knowing it would be steep,

And I will take the joys thereof

And the consequences reap.

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Glad ya'll enjoyed the look see - this was a nice change from the bogger piece I so often do.


Karl - my well is plenty deep! :D mainly due to the fact the there are so many original pieces that are an inspiration to me...I seldom do exact replicas anymore (you really have to pull my leg!) since I now prefer to do my own designs, still based on the originals as to methods, materials, and styles but which I often mix and match somewhat (i'm of mixed blood heritage so I figure I'm allowed!!.....) I also get inspired by/borrow from originals that aren't sheaths - beadwork in particular..........

Some good resources to see originals online:


Plains Indian museum www.bbhc.org


that's just a start..I recently heard that the Smithsonian is going to be putting their collections on line!!!!!

and then there are inspiring contemporary makers (such as Alan Longmire, who isn't "allowed" to visit the BBHC site anymore because the last time he broke it! he he) - some of their finest work can be seen at:




Chris - Gib was prolific for sure. Off the top of my head I've got 10 or 11 blades to make up for sale: a mix of hawk heads - 2, warclub heads - 3, and knife blades - 6 or 7. I've got two pieces I'm working on right now: a pipehawk (a three way collaboration since I'm adding a bowl by Stuart Willis) and a cable Damascus knife.

That number doesn't include the 6 pieces I'm keeping for myself: a hawk and 5 knives - one of which I use as a shop knife. Mine also includes the only "shear steel" blade Gib made from original blister steel - some early 19th Century wagon springs I got from a friend and had Gib forge into a near "copy" of a 9" relic "riflemans" knife blade found at Ft Ticonderoga, NY

Chuck Burrows

Wild Rose Trading Co



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