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My Next Commission--Schively/Perkins Bowie

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The original of this one is probably the best documented knife which belonged to the Bowie family.  This was Resin's knife, made by Henry Schively and eventually given to the Perkins family  hence the name.  It has a carbon steel blade with nickel silver fittings and a checkered ebony handle.

 

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That particular "Bowie" piques my interest because of its provenance. 

Have you seen the "Bowie" featured in the latest "Blade" issue ?

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5 minutes ago, Vern Wimmer said:

 

Have you seen the "Bowie" featured in the latest "Blade" issue ?

Are you meaning "The Sea of Mud" knife?

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That would be it. Most interesting to ponder. The speculation has pros and cons, but it's still a cool style. 

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It's a shame that the knife didn't survive intact as there weren't many James Black knives.  If memory serves there are 11 known to exist including this one.

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39 minutes ago, Gary Mulkey said:

It's a shame that the knife didn't survive intact as there weren't many James Black knives.  If memory serves there are 11 known to exist including this one.

Apparently the pin placement on this one is unique and identical to a known one of very similar design. The location of its discovery opens a box of questions. From Rezin's story of designing to avoid a hand slipping up to the blade, that design seems unlikely but, still, how did a James Black knife end up in the "context" in which it was found ? I just doubt a Mexican soldier had an Arkansas made knife in his gear. 

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The pin  placement and number as well as the pins being made with tubes filled with iron pins is what was used on most of the existing James Black knives.

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I got the rough forging completed today from some 1 3/4" W1 round bar. 

 

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Very nice.

What steel and size did you start with ?

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1 minute ago, Vern Wimmer said:

 

What steel and size did you start with ?

This was some 1 3/4" round W1.

 

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Thank you. I suspected it started as round stock to get the integral front part of the bolster. 

I'm really impressed with the smoothness of the blade for a "rough" forging. I look forward to seeing more of the process.

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I haven't had a chance to put in much shop time this  week but did manage to get the blade ready for H/T.

 

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Getting started on the handle:

 

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Once that I have all four sides checkered this way I will chamfer all four edges at a 45 degree as well as the bolster area.

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Coming along nicely!  

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I like the shape of that knife, it reminds me of a gaucho knife. What tool do you use for checkering?

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Impeccable work as always Gary.    

Of all the Bowies the Schively captures my interest the most.  Form and function at its best with no "Hollywood" additives.  

This knife would serve well not only for defense but a good design for butchering a steer or quartering an Elk.

 

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2 hours ago, Wesley Alberson said:

I like the shape of that knife, it reminds me of a gaucho knife. What tool do you use for checkering?

Hi Wesley,

I use a set of checkering files made by Dembart:

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Day Two of Checkering:

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I'm sure that the checkering will need some clean-up but I'll do that after I get the corners chamfered.

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Coming along very nicely!

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I got all of the handle components roughed out today.  As you can see I still  need to chamfer the edges of the checkered ebony and do the finish sanding on the bolster area.  Tomorrow I will try to get the blade finish ground and polished. 

 

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Checkering looks awesome, Gary! Really liking the way its coming together. 

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I've now gotten all  of  the components roughed out.  In this first photo you can see me cutting out  the N/S handle washers from some 1/4" round rod:

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I've yet to do the finish sand & polish before assembly but this will give you an idea of the final product:

 

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