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This is my Pirate Bowie made specially for an anonymous party. 12 "Blade is forged from 5160/K600 dark star damascus. Handle is chock full of rare materials. Guard, ferrule and pommel 100yr old wrought iron with great figuring. Handle is an old whale rib from a beached southern right whale. I filled it with resin and sealed it as best I could but I think the slight mottling compliments the iron nicely.


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Oh yeah, baby! That is real cool Stu! PERFECT in every way...

Like the adder on the sheath too, looks good, did you tan it yourself?

Edited by Miles Hebbard
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thats Stu-pendous! I love the profile of the blade and the wrought iron. quite awesome to think of the history of some of the materials we use.

Edited by John C. Lewicki
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Great stuff! Wrought iron with that quality of figure is very hard to come by, and the whale rib is beautiful. How old is the rib? Did you dye it or is that it's natural, weathered state?

The iron comes from ox wagon wheels pre 1900 before they started casting them. The whale rib was found on the west coast of Cape Provence in South Africa (Where I am from ). That is the natural colour as it has been infested with fungus that had long since dried out. I filled it with casting resin which sealed up most of the gaps. The guy who found it picked up some for himself and reconed it had been sitting there for a few years.

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Wow! First off, I have to confess, I'm not a bowie knife fan, but that one really looks slick. Awesome job on everything, the whale rib looks great

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Most excellent! I like it all but the whale rib is the coolest part. What a unique material.

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If pirates get to carry knives like this, then I totally should be a pirate. That is a gorgeous knife Stu. The pattern on the steel and wrought are both great. Nice work man!

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Hi Stu,

 

Nice and sleek!

Is it a chisel grind on both the primary bevel and the swedge as well?

 

mohd

The clip is sharp with a zero degree bevel. The main edge is a Moran apple seed edge (slightly convex at the cutting part)

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darn. darn. darn. darn. I wanted to make a bowie sort of like that, but you did better than I ever could! Seriously, that is just right according to my perceptions.

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