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Bob Hewitt

Latest three from me...

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I don't post much on here, or any forum come to that, but I thought it was time to expose some of my work to the world!

First is a hunter. 1095 and Sambar, 100mm blade and 210mm overall. The hamon could be a lot better, but I'm trying!

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Next is a San mai brokenback seax. 240mm blade, 130mm grip. Wrought iron, 1095 and stag antler. The scabbard has some knotwork on one side and a scrawny dragon like thing on the other. The brasswork has been aged a bit!

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The last one is a skinner/utility. Ramshorn and 15n20. The sheath has an "antique" finish which I'm not sure' worked.

thats it for now guys, what do you think?

 

 

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I like the rustic feel to them, they remind me of something you'd expect a cowboy to carry

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Hi Bob

Long time no post. You seem to have some interesting file work going on the first knife. What pattern did you make? Does the spine rise from the handle or is it just an optical illusion? I also like the Sambar.

3 hours ago, Bob Hewitt said:

scrawny dragon like thing

Any chance we can see this? What did you use to age the brass? It seems the centres are more aged than the edges.

The third one looks like a good rustic utility knife and actually looks well used on the photo.

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IMG_0039.JPGHere you go! This is my first attempt at carving leather, the knotwork didn't come out too badly, but the dragon could have been a hell of a lot better!

the brass was aged with Clarks antiquing fluid. I immersed the bits in the fluid before fitting them. They were sanded completely to remove any oils or protective coatings and then cleaned with isopropanol beforehand. Why they came out patchy, god knows, but I decided to leave them as they were.

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Actually I quite like the dragon. I've not tried to carve leather before but Peter Johnsson did an interesting bit about it in his "two swords" post, page 2.

 

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Thanks for that link, I missed it first time round! That's a really helpful, informative post and I've bookmarked it for many future reads. I'll be doing more leather carving so I'll certainly be trying out Peter's methods.

I'm glad you like the dragon, I thought it was rubbish when I finished it, but that's just how my mind works, as soon as I finish anything I immediately think it's useless and want to fire it in the scrap pile!

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I get that sometimes when something doesn't turn out as I envisioned it or I think I can definitely do better. At the moment I'm quite happy if I get anything at all.

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19 hours ago, Charles du Preez said:

Hi Bob

Long time no post. You seem to have some interesting file work going on the first knife. What pattern did you make? Does the spine rise from the handle or is it just an optical illusion? I also like the Sambar.

Hi, Charles,

I forgot this bit in my previous post. Yes, the blade does rise up from the handle creating a thumb ramp. The filework I just made up as I went along, viewed from above it looks like a row of dog bones!

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