Wild Rose Posted February 9, 2011 Share Posted February 9, 2011 (edited) As many who visit here know I began collaborating with bladesmith Gib Guignard, who shared my love of the American frontier and the gear carried by those who lived there and then. A short two years later in 2005 Gib passed on, but before he did he made this very special blade for me as a surprise birthday present. The blade shape and size is based on the relic blade from the dig at Ft. Ticonderoga. While all of Gib's blades have been great this one is extra special to me not only because he forged it with me in mind, but also because Gib collected several old shear steel knives (mostly late 19th Century relics - not collectibles) and then heat and beat them into this 9" blade. Shear steel, as most may know, is one of the three period steels and was used for better qulity blades throughout the 18th and 19th Centuries. I kept this blade in reserve for some time until I finally came up with a piece of white tail antler that fit my hand perfectly - the following knife is what this special collaboration developed into - Thanks Gib! The grip is fitted with a pewter bolster, rawhide wrap, and decorated with some simple file work on the blade and handle, and has some brass brads just under the crown. PS the sheath is in the works.............anyone who would like to see more of the bag and horn check out my post in the leather working forum... Edited February 9, 2011 by Wild Rose Chuck Burrows Wild Rose Trading Co email@example.com www.wrtcleather.com Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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