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Some medium bowies fresh from normalising and grinding

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... and their larger brothers at about 12" blades for the three big ones

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looks like a nice batch... !

 

now all the fun is done.. thats alot o handles to get together

 

cool stuff

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I always love seeing new stuff from you, eye-pleasing as always.

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Looking good Stu. I'm a fan of the big Bowies. I will be following this to see them finished, thanks for sharing.

 

Jerry Fisher

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Polished and etched/ Blacked

 

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With Their respective handle materials

 

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Pieces drilled and tapped

 

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Checking fit

 

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Dry fit

 

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All glued up

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Sizing up the teeth.

 

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After some stressful drilling I managed to get neat holes that fit the tangs well.

 

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Guard filed and fitted. Also some pre shaping done. The guard will get hot and the tooth could crack if shaped when its all glued together first.

 

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Back of the guard. Tapering of the quillions also done.

 

 

Final fit of guard

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Checking surfaces are flat on handle

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Dry Fit

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Pre shaping the handle. Comparison with other piece.

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Handle roughed to 240 grit

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Next Bowie ready for a handle. This one is K600 and elephant bone

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Preparing the threaded rod for the tang

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Welded and tempered.

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Checking the fit.

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All glued up.

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The next bowie already glued. Handle from K600 and red bush willow.

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I pre shape the Pommel and guard to avoid over heating of the handle pieces.

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great photos and work!

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great photos and work!

 

Indeed! Do those cracks in the one ivory handle make you nervous, or have you stabilized them? And if so, how? I use superglue on cracked antler (hippo teeth being in short supply in East Tennessee!).

 

This is such a good step-by-step I think it might be worth pinning. What do the rest of you think? B)

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Indeed! Do those cracks in the one ivory handle make you nervous, or have you stabilized them? And if so, how? I use superglue on cracked antler (hippo teeth being in short supply in East Tennessee!).

 

This is such a good step-by-step I think it might be worth pinning. What do the rest of you think? B)

 

Those are natural cracks which I fill with superglue. Difficult to impossible to stabilized Hippo teeth because of its high density. It does crack a little a tthe ends if the guard or pommel are over heated when grinding. I would trade hippo for some decent antler crowns. They are in short supply in SA too.

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Rough profile on handle

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Rough contouring

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top view of palm swell

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Smoothed out with a soft 60 grit belt

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Guard taped up and handle polished

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All my babies in a row.

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The spec on these two are basically the same.

 

Blade forged from 1070 high carbon steel with Hamon

Handle from Hippo tooth and nickel silver.

Blade length 310mm x 50mm x 8mm

Handle 135mm x 30mm x 20mm sculpted

OAL445mm

 

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Blade forged from 1070 with hamon ans etch.

Handle from Red bush willow and K600 tool steel (Blackened)

Blade length 250mm x 45mm x 7mm

Handle 130mm x 30mm x 20mm sculpted

OAL 380mm

 

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Blade forged from 1070 high carbon steel with gun black finish.

Handle from Elephant bone and K600 tool steel (Blackened)

Blade length 250mm x 45mm x 7mm

Handle 130mm x 30mm x 20mm sculpted

OAL 380mm

 

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Blade forged from 5160 spring steel with gun black finish.

Handle from Black ivory and stst.

Blade length 310mm x 50mm x 8mm

Handle 135mm x 30mm x 20mm sculpted

OAL445mm

 

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Your work is amazing, absolutely beautiful. Now if i could get my hands on some hippo teeth. I also really enjoy the effect of the gun-black. I my need to try it on something.

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That is just one nice bunch of big ol Bowies. Thank for sharing the build along.

 

Jerry Fisher

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This has been fun to watch, I am particularly impressed with that massive slab of elephant bone... that's something you don't see every day.

 

Beautiful work sir!

This is such a good step-by-step I think it might be worth pinning. What do the rest of you think? B)

Sounds good to me... B)

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It is allways a little surprising to watch a creation go through all the stages of ugliness , then become a thing of beauty as well as function . Very nice work , ( as usual )

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Shots of sheath construction.

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You don't slow down, do you :D

Awesome job, all the packages look very pleasent and flowing. Love those sheath imprints!

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Thanks for the bump to the Stickies

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The whole package. I had fun making these blades. They are with their proud new owners now.

 

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Thanks for the bump to the Stickies

 

A really good step-by-step with pics usually ends up stickie'd. Thanks for doing a good job! B)

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Hi Stu

 

I have been experiencing some car problems, but as soon as I have those sorted out, I will take you up on that offer of a visit.

 

Awesome work!

 

Wayne

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