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100 year old Sabatier Integral, 5000 year old Bog Oak (plus extra paring)


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Couple of new ones. First up is an old Sabatier blank from a century ago, modernized. I narrowed the profile, got rid of most of the bolster, and did a contemporary hidden tang handle. The handle is figured bog oak with ivory micarta racing stripes. This was the most difficult project I have ever done by far. I thought it would be easy with the blank mostly forged out, but as Devin Thomas said in another forum, it would be easier to start from scratch.


Next is a small, simple paring knife for a friend. He has been the most generous friend, allowing me all the shop time I needed to get these knives done. If not for him, I would not have had many of these knives completed. He doesn't know it's his yet, but soon he will. His favorite steel is ATS-34, so I decided to make this one out of ATS-34 as well; Butch Harner was extremely kind and offered to HT this one free of charge.


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Man, that is some wicked blade geometry. Really impressive cross section. I'll bet it slices like no one's business!

 

Well done, man!

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Thanks everyone! Much appreciated.

 

Gorgeous Don! I've seen the Sabatier on your youtube...looks like a sweet cutter!

 

Cris that would be awesome! I'm starting another semester of college soon so my schedule will be a little limited, but I'd love to take a knife-talk break :)

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Thanks everyone! Much appreciated.

 

 

Cris that would be awesome! I'm starting another semester of college soon so my schedule will be a little limited, but I'd love to take a knife-talk break :)

 

I wonder where the rest of my post went lol? Or was that on cktg?? Sometimes its hard to keep track!

 

And yes!...a knife-talk break would be particularly nice in the next few weeks! You'll be the first bladesmith I've ever met face to face, lol.

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