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Combining Some Traditional Blacksmithing with my Knives


Gary Mulkey

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For my next Bowie I'm going to use a traditional wheat twist made from some 1/4" round rod for the center section of a D-Guard on a large Southwest style  Bowie.  The twist will get cut to length &  welded to some  larger stock.  I will then forge one end into a guard and the other into a pommel.  The hilt will get a frame tang.  I haven't decided on the material on the scales for it yet.

 

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Going to follow this closely, Gary.  I'm very interested in Damascus and have not even come close to being able to make any of it myself.

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With the 1/2" round bar on the back end I'm sure that I  will need to upset it quite a little in order to have enough material for a proper butt cap but as long as I'm doing traditional blacksmithing techniques, why not?:)

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I've got the blade (336 layer random pattern damascus) in the tempering oven and the guard rough forged.  I will  probably leave the guard alone now until I have the frame tang handle completed so I can custom bend the guard to fit.

 

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Amen to that, Clifford.  This is gonna be ver-r-r-r-y interesting. :)

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7 hours ago, Gerhard Gerber said:

Yes I get it now, what I don't get is how you got from the 1st and 2nd photo to the 3rd photo! :lol:

Looking good as always!

The guard end of the piece was turned on a lathe to get the ball tip on one end and then the rest forged flat.  I then  forged the end of another 1/2" round piece somewhat flat and welded both to the ends of the wheat twist.  I then forged the wheat twist a little flatter and ground it shiny. ( The end used for the butt cap had to be upset in order to get the cap wide enough.)

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I got all of  the components except for the  pommel nut roughed out and the guard bent after work today.  There is still a lot of handle work to get done but it's getting there.  There are a couple of minor flaws in the twisted guard but an acetylene torch will take care of that.;)

 

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35 minutes ago, Brian Dougherty said:

Looking good :)

This is an off-topic question - Am I right in thinking that D-guard bowies are usually associated with the confederacy?  If so, that'd certainly be officer worthy!

You're right.  They were common with the confederate soldiers.

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Plus one on that  !!...............;)

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"Enjoy" is putting it lightly.  That's a beautiful knife, Gary....................and I'm not a fan of handguards at all, but I like that one.

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Thanks for the close up shot of the pattern, Gary! It really does that high of a layer count justice. 

Looks great, btw. 

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