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Fikes/Fogg inspired big chopper


matt venier
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Since I saw the Cloud Cutter and the Dragonfly from Jimmy Fikes and Don Fogg I've always wanted to make one.

 

It's got about an 15" blade and about the same for the handle. about 5/16" at it's thickest with a tapered tang.

Snakewood handle scales with a multistrand Japanese styled cord wrap.

 

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Sorry about the bad pictures, I was pressed for time and this is as good as I got

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Ooh. That's really nice!

 

Very cool, sir!

 

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Wow, thats beautiful. To say the least.

For the less, even as for the greater, there is but one deed which he may accomplish only once, and in that deed his heart shall rest.

 

I may not have a fiery beard (yet), but it is fire colored :D

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Very cool! There are some really nice lines throughout the piece.

 

What are the darker horizontal lines through the hamon? I don't think I've seen any so prominent before.

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OOOHHH Daddy Likely that I want it for home defense with a back Scabbard over my right shoulder ;) However , My 7 year old would take it from me for herself .

 

 

Sam

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that is great, Matt. I am seriously impressed.

please visit my website http://www.professorsforge.com/

 

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That is absolutely gorgeous!

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Beautiful piece!! That snakewood works very well with the length of the handle. I like your take on the Kiodai Murasaki Jabara Maki style of wrap. What did you use for cord?

- Stuart

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Hey Stuart, I used 1mm Chinese knotting cord. It comes in many sizes and colors and I dont have to try and sew strands together like the cord the Japanese use.

 

Stewart, actually the peice I had to buy was a lot bigger, almost 28" long but it had really nice grain. So I have some left for another project down the road.

 

Thanks for all the comments guys!

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Matt... don't mind me. I'm just gasping in awe and quivering with lust.

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Man, that is a sweet blade.... I gotta make one of those. I doubt it will be that pretty though....

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