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Shovel damascus? Well, JPH once made damascus out of a sewer snake, so I don't see why not. I have found excellent curly ash in the replacement shovel handle stocks, and some sort of curly tropical

Even with my small town local hardware store (besides the bigboxes) one is only limited by there imagination. Also, I figured not everyone would be able to forge weld enough steel together to make a

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HECK Austin ive never made a single much less a cross :P - the only bolster ive made so far i just posted in the beginners section and it was black micarta :P

 

plus i just hate the way they look and unless its a fighting knife i dont see the function of the cross guard. Im that guy that gets his watch caught on door frames and breaks them regularly lol

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Gabriel, they just don't make watches for us do they... i am lucky if i can get them to last more than a year, regardless of how expensive they are. My wife is still upset that the watch she got me for Christmas a few years ago is in the land of not working anymore.

 

This will be my first Bowie. I tend not to like them stylistically, and they are not my cup of tea :ph34r: . But, i want to expand my abilities as a knife maker, and i will make the best knife that i can make :D (even if my tastes are different). just look at it as practice for when a customer wants a double guard on something else. Just in this case, the customer is paying with a knife, and it is one of us.

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The trouble here is trying to figure out a creative source material before anyone else uses it...

 

Not so, I think. Personally, it has always been interesting to see what a group of smiths come up with when they all are given exactly the same source material. This is a traditional blacksmith's challenge: Everyone gets a chunk of the same size piece of steel and half and hour to make "something".

 

As for the challenge of making a double-branch guard, it does not have to be elaborate. It can be something as simple as a flat oval as long as it protrudes above the spine and below the belly. Here is a double branch guard on a dagger I made many years ago. I think something like this on a Bowie (albeit smaller) would qualify. Tim Hancock often uses this exact guard style on his Bowie knives.

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The trouble here is trying to figure out a creative source material before anyone else uses it...

 

A famous quote came to mind...

 

Good artists copy, great artists steal.

Pablo Picasso

So... just 'cuz someone else used it don't mean you can't. ;)

-Gabriel

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Touche' Pablo!

 

I always said that copying one person's work was called plagiarism, while copying a lot of other people's work is called "research".....

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Just a friendly reminder that items should be purchased specifically from hardware stores. =P Try not to stretch the term "hardware store" to suit your needs ;). Get creative! Use something different from the norm. Hopefully I didn't step on anyone's feet here!

 

Edit: Side note, I am thoroughly enjoying everyone's WIP's!

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I agree with Austin. We already talked about not using tool specialty stores like Grainger, MSC, etc. So let's not call places like Woodworker's Source a "local" hardware store.... :blink:

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Stoneworking chisels are usually chrome/vanadium steel aren't they? These chisels can take a serious amount of abuse. Not sure how it will work as a knife. Does anyone have experience with that? I did forge part of a big chisel once, I remember it being serious hard work getting it to move.

I know this was a while ago but based upon an old catalog cold chisels are actually W1 tool steel for its shallow hardening, but I could be wrong
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You are. Chisels are made from whatever steel the manufacturer specifies. These days it's often 1060-ish for cheap ones, 5160 for expensive name brands. Unless you have the exact tool from the catalog you're looking at all bets are off. The several "junkyard steel" charts floating around are notoriously wrong about a great many things.

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I am sooooo sad I came too late... Looking forward to participate to the KITH 2017. Maybe It could be the axe one, as it was proposed early on.

 

I will keep my eyes on this forum...

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Thank you Karim... how come I can never find stuff? ;P I guess I have to look better...

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