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Had a Few Extra Hours Today So....

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Had some "down time"  while things were cooling and etching and SLTT so...I whipped this guy out...Had some time to kill...couldn't see wasting it..so here goes.

It's what I call a "long\knife",,welded mine  cable that is well over 100 years old (the mine that I scrounged this from closed in 1896) so it is some interesting material...I went and wove into it some 300 series SS steel HT foil for grins and giggles.. and I did NOT weld this in a "can" either..

"Fossil Bos Taurus" ivory..(I have a rather abundant supply of this rare material).. Phosphor bronze bolster and pommel plate..Blade is 13 1/4" long with a 3/4 blade length fuller..

Didn't turn out half bad for a time killer... if'n ya ask me...

 

JPH

 

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Liking that! The "ivory" and the old cable just seem to work together. Definitely my kind of knife!

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JPH, I often follow your works but, if this what you doing during your "down time" well,,,,,,,,,,,,,,That is freakin, awesome! Is this a thru tang or is that just a line in the  "Fossil Bos Taurus" ivory  I am seeing???? When I saw the first pic I thought dang I have never seen that done with a full tang but as I look at the close-up on the bottom I think, it may be just a line in the fossil! 

Either way you are light years ahead of me and even though I may not be at that level of making, I can see it and appreciate, when I see it!! You always continue to amaze with your work!  bow

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CC: It's a through/hidden tang. Getting the angle right for the pommel plate and castle nut took a bit of T&E and ALOT of fitting but I got creative and figured it out eventually .

On the Bos Taurus Ivory* these critters  use to range pretty much all over N. America at one time...in the past leaving behind their skeletal materials for  enterprising folks to discover and use in various ways... I just have fallen in love with this material, it is so versatile and can be a bit challenging to work at times but the results are well worth it.

Now that I have pretty much figured out how to process/colour and stabilize it and get a nice smooth finish..it's now one of my favourite grip materials to use. I just don't know why this stuff hasn't caught on as far as a grip material for knives.. I mean it is one of the all time classic materials...Heck..they even use to make arrowheads, atlatl dart tips and knife blades out of it way back when.. Still I just love using it.

JPH

* I have a rather amusing tale to tell someday about a run in I had with a State of California Dept of Fish and Game warden  trying to arrest me for selling banned "Bos Taurus/ Bovine Ivory"..Quite funny..

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I have several questions, if you would care to share, sir. I'm guessing from the age of the mine, the cable could be wrought iron. Could that have facilitated welding, making a reducing atmosphere sufficient for the stainless?

You answered my question about the Ivory while I was typing, so never mind that one. 

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Hi JPH. Awesome piece. Your "down time" is so far past my expectations of "up time" it just blows my mind. Always a great experience, thanks. Couple of questions if I may:

Not familiar with SLTT acronym (newby).

11 hours ago, JPH said:

the mine that I scrounged this from closed in 1896

You said in another post that you were getting on a bit but WOW ;)

The Bos Ivory is amazing. I would love to hear your story about the game warden (and sure all of us would) if you would be so kind.

The transition from fuller to false edge in the same line is truly awesome. You keep inspiring, thank you.

Cz

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CdP:

Ok..to answer your questions: SLTT :Stuff Like That There..

On the game warden... Way back in the late 1970's early 1980's when I first started using "Bovine Ivory" it got a lot of interest but when the folks asked what it was and told them cow bone..they just sighed and looked a bit disappointed so I had to come up with something that sounded "better" than a old beef bone..  Marketing ya know... So I coined the term "Bovine Ivory"..and well...for the stuff I "fossilize" that is Bos Taurus Ivory...them being such an ancient critter... 

 

So anyway,,,I was at the Los Angeles "Great Western Gun and Knife show" was spread out across of my very good friend and partner in numerous escapades and schemes, the late Bob Engnath..He had some of his beautiful scrimshaw on display as well as his usual stuff from the "House of Muzzle-loading" out in Glendale, CA...I was still in the DEA back then.  So here I was with a wide assortment of stuff with the Bovine Ivory on it and a very young Calif. Game Warden comes up and asks Bob for the documents for his ivory pieces... He shows them...  Now Bob being Bob he decided that my life was a bit too peaceful so he tells the kid that I have a table of Bovine Ivory that is fresh and undocumented...So I get approached and asked for documents/. I told him that they aren't needed..we argued and not once did the warden ask what the material was..and I didn't tell him...

This all ended up with my pieces confiscated, me in hand cuffs, my smith and Wesson 659 confiscated (he didn't find my creds which was odd but once he found my sidearm he stopped looking)... and Bob and his wife Stevie laughing their hiennies off..along with several other makers that were around watching...So young John Law gets on his radio and calls for his super...who shows up a few moments later.. Now Bob Engnath knew him and explained what was happening and the guy went dead white...

Now I was thinking and adding up how much lucre I will be getting from the State of California for false arrest, kidnapping and a bunch of other charges cause they have a Game Warden that can't tell beef bone from ivory...well once the Super get over to us he starts to apologize and then my wife hits him with my DEA creds..and the kid goes white...  Needless to say I wasn't arrested and all my goods and weapon were returned at that moment and the super had a long, deeply informative talk with the youngster......  Now I did have a long talk with Bob though...he wound up buying us dinner that weekend to make ammends..  I still miss that man..

So that's what happened..

JPH

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Thank you JPH. That made me giggle to the point it brought I tear to my eye :).

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great story. I think I would have liked Bob. Love the knife. Is there a special bundle rate for a fellow bladesmith who has bought all your books?

PM me about it.

take care,

kc

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...and on Kevin's point, I know you have had quite a spate of obstacles recently, but could you perhaps give us a clue when the next book is coming out? Thanks.

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CdP:

It is mostly done..still have a little bit to do on some subjects but I need a photographer  and a graphics person..but that will have to wait until I get re-located to Florida...

Perfesser: 

 "Love the knife. Is there a special bundle rate for a fellow bladesmith who has bought all your books?

PM me about it."

Huh??

anyway back to my axes and spears...

JPH

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Gotta love that story!! 

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Bundle... that's what the sales guy at the company that sells the psych techniques and trainings I created calls a discount provided when someone buys several items from the same person. It used to be called a volume discount.

 

Don't worry, I am not up on sales jargon, and don't want to be. I just hear this so much I started saying it.

or typing it.

 

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