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Ross Vosloo

Blackwood hunting Bowie

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Hi all. So this is a knife my uncle commissioned from me for my cousins graduation. 

Steel is 5160, brass hardware, African blackwood handle. All on a through tang (but not take down) construction. 

 

And yes, the thickest "blocky" handle was intentional. My uncle "likes them chunky", his words not mine :blink: all in all, it's very comfortable in hand, indexs fantastically and my uncle is thrilled with it.

 

Thoughts and critique,  as always, are welcome. 

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Lovely work there Ross.

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Great work.  Very cool. :)

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Right nice...................B)

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Well now, that turned out pretty. Nice job on the 5160. I have never managed to get it that shiny without a weird grain showing in the surface.

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8 hours ago, Charles du Preez said:

Lovely work there Ross.

thanks man!

5 hours ago, Ron Benson said:

I wish I could like this more than once.

i could just make another one and you could like that ;)

4 hours ago, Conner Michaux said:

Great work.  Very cool. :)

thank you sir

4 hours ago, Clifford Brewer said:

Right nice...................B)

B)

2 hours ago, Joshua States said:

Well now, that turned out pretty. Nice job on the 5160. I have never managed to get it that shiny without a weird grain showing in the surface.

thanks man. ive found ever since i have been doing a complete correct heat treat for 5160, it finishes up much nicer. its known as a great beginner steel, just get it non magnectic and quench, but the full recipe calls for 20min at 840degC!

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That’s a nice knife and also nicely finished 

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That's a very nice job there, Ross.  That's some exceptional figure in that African Blackwood and the brass fitting came out quite well too.

 

Doug

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20 hours ago, Rob Toneguzzo said:

That’s a nice knife and also nicely finished 

Thank you kindly

5 hours ago, Doug Lester said:

That's a very nice job there, Ross.  That's some exceptional figure in that African Blackwood and the brass fitting came out quite well too.

 

Doug

Ja, I got lucky. I have a stockpile of about 10 logs that have sat during for over 20 years. It takes a lot of effort to break them down to useable peices for handles, but the figure in all of them is out standing 

3 hours ago, Zeb Camper said:

Shiny! Looks good! 

Thanks man!

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Stunning wood, stunning knife! B)

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Clean work man! Looks awesome. 

 

You got a very nice finish all the way around. 

 

That one of the lighter pieces of blackwood I have seen. Looks good! Lots of figure. A lot of the blackwood I get is as dark as midnight. 

 

I like the deer head on the end of the tang, nice little touch ;).

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11 hours ago, Gerhard Gerber said:

Stunning wood, stunning knife! B)

Danke bru!

4 hours ago, Will Wilcox said:

Clean work man! Looks awesome. 

 

You got a very nice finish all the way around. 

 

That one of the lighter pieces of blackwood I have seen. Looks good! Lots of figure. A lot of the blackwood I get is as dark as midnight. 

 

I like the deer head on the end of the tang, nice little touch ;).

Thanks very much. Ja, I'm lucky to have access to blackwood grown locally, and most of the peices I get are from smaller trees. Seems that the smaller the tree, the better the figure. Or at least in my own experience.  

 

Thanks, it's an impala head. Mhara is shona for impala, so Mhara knives basically means impala knives :D

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