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A little while back, a good friend asked me to make a saber. The design of the saber was based from combining a Confederate artillery saber with a Spartan sword. After it was finished, he decided he wanted a companion piece for it. He had always been a fan of Jim Bowie. What you see here is the result. The full tang blade was forged out of a leaf spring, and the D guard is brass. The handle scales are slightly charred walnut. The overall length of this knife is 16" with 10 3/4" long blade.

 

bowie finished.JPG

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I'm not a fan of D-guard bowies but the quality of your works comes through. Good visual balance and fit and finish. Did you cast the guard of did you forge it.

 

Doug

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Thanks guys. Doug, the guard was made from 3/8" thick brass bar. Some precise material removal happened here. I'd say I had about 8 hours total just working on the guard, and half of that was fine-tuning for a correct fit.

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Looks quite sturdy and robust!

The blade has a thickness of 3/16", but with the blade bevel and false edge bevel mixed with the full tang and brass guard, the center of gravity is about a half inch or so in front of the guard.

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That looks great R.W.

I'm really curious about the pommel end and how you finished it.

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The pommel... Okay, the end of the brass flat bar I used was notched out to fit the tang. I then drilled a hole through the guard to match up the one I drilled in the tang. Once the fit was nice and snug, I drove a pin in to secure everything. During the design of the guard in this style, a spring effect was incorporated. The spring effect helps keep the wood scales tight and to reduce any rattling that might occur. Here's a diagram:

 

d guard pommel assembly.bmp

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Nice!

Thanks for the arrow.......

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Always had a soft spot for the D-guard.

 

I am going to make a knife/short sword with a blade and D-guard a lot like that some day (the ancestor of butterfly swords was like that but longer and a little pointer).

 

This one seems just right. I was worried it might have been too thick for my tastes (as if that matters).But, 3/16 is perfect for something like ths, in my humble opinion. So, if my opinion matters, that is a cool piece.

 

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