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Steve Nowacki

12" D-Guard Bowie in 1080 and Sambar stag

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Hi Guys

 

The blade for this Bowie is from 1080 steel, it's 306mm - 12 1/8" long, 45mm wide, 6mm thick on the spine. The blade was coated with clay and differentially hardened, the front portion of the D- Guard has a clam shell filed into the top with vine file work along it's edges. It has been gun blued with the side relief polished. There are three coined nickel silver spacers, the bolster has tram lines cut onto it's surface, it has been gun blued with the surface edges again polished back. The handle is a beautiful piece of Sambar stag tine which I dyed with potassium permanganate and sealed with Danish oil. The butt cap forms the rear portion of the D-Guard. It's filed to match the flutes on the antler, has vine file work on it's edges and has been finished to match the front section. The overall length of this knife including the pommel nut is 453mm - 17 13/16"

The sheath for this knife is a Mexican belt loop style. The back section has a crocodile print embossed onto it's surface and is dyed walnut brown. The sheath is dyed walnut with a black front panel inlayed with python skin. The front loop is laced with a leather thong, has 6 x 2mm studs, a brass conch and is finished with beads and horse hair filled brass cones.

I hope you like it, thank you for taking the time to look and comment.

All critique very welcome.

 

All the best

 

Steve

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Awesome, love the sheath as well! image.jpeg

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Both the knife and the sheath show outstanding craftsmanship.  Great work!

Doug

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Thank you for taking the time to look and comment guys, it's always greatly appreciated.

Steve

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Beautiful work Steve! Like Doug said, outstanding craftsmanship.  What did you use for the coining and for the bluing? 

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Thanks Wes, for the coining I used that Grobet Swiss checkering file. I think I said something about that in a previous post. You can buy them on Amazon, but they're not cheap for what they are, but I think they're worth the money. For the gun blue I use Phillips professional cold blue. It always gives me great results. I am looking at getting some Caswell steel ox and seeing what the results are like. There's a company that supplies it not far from me and I'll give them a visit after Christmas.

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9 hours ago, Steve Nowacki said:

Thanks Wes, for the coining I used that Grobet Swiss checkering file. I think I said something about that in a previous post. You can buy them on Amazon, but they're not cheap for what they are, but I think they're worth the money. For the gun blue I use Phillips professional cold blue. It always gives me great results. I am looking at getting some Caswell steel ox and seeing what the results are like. There's a company that supplies it not far from me and I'll give them a visit after Christmas.

You know, I bet you are right and I asked the same stupid question in the last post.  My memory is garbage though, so every day is like a new adventure :|

I think that I am going to be looking into trying some Parkerization soon as I like the finish that it leaves.  Alan also recommended some cold blue a while back that I have been wanting to try.  Kleen-Bore I think it was...

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Wes I know where you're coming from buddy. I was walking around this morning like a zombie wondering whether to put shorts on or jeans I couldn't make up my mind. That's old age for you.

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That's  quality all around, Steve.  Nice job!  That's an impressive hamon for  1080.  Well done.

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This is an impressive piece. Both the sheath and blade are great. Keep up the great work.

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Gents, thank you again for all of your comments. Gary I'm a great admirer of you're work and as a fellow ABS brother your remarks mean a great deal to me.

Steve

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Wow, that is impressive.  You have a style that stands out as your own.  Your construction is disctinctive almost in the same way as one's handwirting is distinctive.

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Just saw this. That is fantastic work all round. Love the file work

I realy like antler handles and this spot on.

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Gents, thank you once again for your comments on this Bowie. I would like to wish all on Bladesmiths forum a happy, productive and healthy New Year.

All the best

Steve

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