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As the title suggests, here is a variation on a theme.  People like what they like, and it seems I have a few knives that people really like.  That's fine, I enjoy making them, and I still exercise a little bit of creativity in each one.  Although I totally forgot to put my makers mark on this knife, which pisses me off, but you know, it could be worse.  It's really not hard to tell it is something I made...

Anyhow, it is made from Aldo's 1075, which I really dig.  Beaten copper, and a gorgeous piece of Desert Ironwood to finish it off.  I wish pictures could do the wood justice.  It glows in the light.  Good stuff.  Blade is 4.25" (10.8 cm) with a total length of 9.25" (22.9 cm).  Hope you like.

 

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I've been staring at it on your website. There's something hypnotizing about the flowing lines. This one has a very special soul!

Edit: or I just had too much wine...very nice knife either way...

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5 hours ago, Wes Detrick said:

I wish pictures could do the wood justice.  It glows in the light.

Beautiful knife Wes. How about a short video clip? That might help bring it to life. That wood looks amazing already and I do love your beaten copper guard (Noob question: is it still called a guard if it doesn't actually stop your hand sliding forward or is there another name for it?)

 

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The design and flow of your knife are outstanding. The only thing that caught my eye was the sheath, I think that burnished edges would look much cleaner :)

Oh, and, what is that type of sheath called? I have to try this mix of folded and stacked leather as well!

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it's hard not to know you made it.

you have a certain look and aesthetic that just screams WES!

beautiful!

-Gabriel

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Thank you everyone, I appreciate the compliments!

 

16 hours ago, Jonas Liebel said:

The design and flow of your knife are outstanding. The only thing that caught my eye was the sheath, I think that burnished edges would look much cleaner :)

Oh, and, what is that type of sheath called? I have to try this mix of folded and stacked leather as well!

Most of the edges were burnished but after you said something, I went back and burnished the ones I missed.  Good looking out Jonas.  I have no idea if this type of sheath has a name.  It was an adaptation I came up with(and I am sure I am not the first) since I like snap sheaths and pouch sheaths, but hate wet forming.  So its a mix :)

 

21 hours ago, Charles du Preez said:

Beautiful knife Wes. How about a short video clip? That might help bring it to life. That wood looks amazing already and I do love your beaten copper guard (Noob question: is it still called a guard if it doesn't actually stop your hand sliding forward or is there another name for it?)

 

Ask and ye shall receive.  I guess you could call it a bolster at that point, but I am not overly fond of that word, so I just call it a guard :)

 

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2 hours ago, Wes Detrick said:

Ask and ye shall receive

Thank you Wes. I see now about the wood. That is truly beautiful.

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I really like it, Wes. Great fit and finish. Beautiful bit of wood. Showing off a bit with the plunge cuts . . . nice.

The only thing I would have done different is that I would have made the copper bolster even with the grip and used a slightly larger pin. But that's just an aesthetic preference.  Bravo execution all around.

Cheers!

Dave

 

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Thanks Dave!  I work really hard on my plunges, so it makes me smile when people notice.

And I am always open to hearing aesthetic critique. It is good to step back and look my stuff through someone else's eyes.   

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Very nice flow and execution, Wes.  I love that hammered finish too, on the guard.

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Beautiful lines on the blade Wes, the plunge lines are super clean and the desert iron wood is beautiful. Overall that's top draw work, a knife and sheath that will give you a lifetime of service.

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Thank you Salem and Steve.  

Salem - People seem to really like the beaten copper, since I get requests for it a lot.  

Steve - I do my best man; I take pride in my plunges and the cleanness of my knives.

 

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I love the combination of, simple fumctionality in design, obvious ergonomics, inclusion of teriffic aesthetic features and craftsmanship. A lot of principles worth paying attention to.

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