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Alex Middleton

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I've been working on this one for a friend.  He's recently decided to hang up his gear after 20 years in the fire service.  I want to do some embellishments to the handle, specifically an 850 and an 820 to commemorate the two local departments that he has served on.  I have everything at a rough finish state, but something just feels "off".  I can't put my finger on it, so I thought I'd put it out here for some thoughts.

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This is a better look at my initial concept sketch for the carving.20181106_194637.jpg

My idea is to have the numbers in relief, surrounded by a field of golf ballish dimpling.  Maybe I'm just over thinking things, but this one is pretty important to me and I'd really like to hear your input.

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The golf ball dimple look would be interesting.  I would think the FD might be able to give you a small fire fighter emblem or miniature badge that you could inlay into that handle.  That would look really nice.  

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Silver inlay? (or brass).  Since I am terrible at carving I go to inlay.

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Inlay is something that I hadn't thought about.  I've only done it a couple of times, but the process is straightforward enough.  I was going to pick up some brass sheets on the way home today anyway, might be worth the effort to cut out a couple of numbers and give it a try.

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1 hour ago, Alan Longmire said:

Silver inlay? (or brass).  Since I am terrible at carving I go to inlay.

Dont feel bad I'm horrible at it myself I got one of those amazon carving kits a while back so I've been practicing with it.

 

9 minutes ago, Alex Middleton said:

Inlay is something that I hadn't thought about.  I've only done it a couple of times, but the process is straightforward enough.  I was going to pick up some brass sheets on the way home today anyway, might be worth the effort to cut out a couple of numbers and give it a try.

But yea if  you could inlay the emblem then do the golf ball dimple effect to bring out the inlay that would look pretty sweet.

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The other thing that seems a little off to me is the direction of the numbering. I guess I consider the blade tip or the spine to be "up" so I would put the numbering with the 8 closest to the blade instead of the butt of the handle. Or with the numbers laid out in a horizontal manner with the blade edge being "down."

I can totally see how your layout would work in a typical sheath carry but I just think the presentation of the knife is better the other way.

Hope this makes sense, hard to do without drawing a picture... Always hard to start carving something that you've put so much work into already.

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Have you been talking to my wife? She says that they need to be turned too lol.  I guess I'll have to lay it out a few different ways and see which I like best.  Thanks for the help!

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Personally, I like aweller's idea about turning the numbers and making it read left to right with the edge down. I would also see if the FD can give you a small medallion or collar pin like AndyB suggested. If you are going to inlay block shaped numbers, I would reduce the numbers in size and place them between the first and second pin leaving the area where the 8 is currently for the FD medallion,

Another idea for inlay is wire inlay.

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Unfortunately there's nothing from the department that I could inlay that will fit, look right, and still be functional.  I've been sitting here playing around with some different designs and I'm currently leaning towards inlaying a medallion of sorts with the numbers cut or engraved into it.  I'm not sure if I'm going to go with brass or stainless, but I will figure that out as I go.  Thanks again for all of the input.

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