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Gary Mulkey

Starting a William Butcher Bowie

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Since I haven't made one in several years I'm  going to  style my next after those of William Butcher of 19th century Sheffield but with a random pattern damascus blade.  

 

Here's one with a mono-steel blade that I  made years ago.  I may vary from it a little but this will give you a basic concept.

 

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The weather here today is pretty oppressive so I only got in limited  shop time but did manage to  get this  one started.  The damascus will eventually be 336 layers in a random pattern.  The blackwood shown here will be the handle.  I didn't have any 416 the right thickness for the front handle spacer so I milled a tang slot in what I had which will get cut in half, doubled, pinned & soldered.

 

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Watchin. munchin, and slurpin..................;):D

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23 hours ago, Clifford Brewer said:

Watchin. munchin, and slurpin..................;):D

Hey, you left out Droolin'  :ph34r:

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I'm now up  to my intended 336 layers.  I think that's a  good place  to stop  for the day.:)

 

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The rest of the escutcheon inlay will be done by hand with mini chisels.  (It will eventually have square corners.)

 

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It's starting to look like a blade.  I think  that I'll do the rest of the grinding on it tomorrow in my public shop.  I'm doing a little more stock removal than normal on this one in hopes that it will enhance the pattern by grinding through more layers.  We'll see.

 

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Munch, crunch, slurp, .... burp  !!...............sceuwse me......................:D

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I've kind of taken my time this this one.  I've now  gotten all of  the machine work done.  I think that I'l  keep the rest of  the handle work until  tomorrow to give myself something to do while in my public shop. 

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Breakin out more to munch n crunch  !!..............:D

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I got the escutcheons (416) inlayed and the handle bevels roughed in today.  Now once I get the handle  sanded & polished this one should be about ready for final  assembly.

 

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B)   !!!!!!

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Another stunner Gary, really like where this one's going....

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Posted (edited)

Ready for final assembly (I'll grind & polish the butt cap after all is assembled & epoxied):

 

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Looking awesome!!!

Gary....Do you have a surface grinder?

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Another winner  !!!!.............:D

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2 hours ago, Jeremy Blohm said:

Looking awesome!!!

Gary....Do you have a surface grinder?

Thanks, Jeremy.  And no I don't own a surface grinder.  When needed I do it  by hand on my 2 x 72.

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