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Joël Mercier

Maple sap sprout guard Bowie(ish)

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Here's my rough sketch. The blade is 7" long and handle roughly 4.5". Let me know what you think, I know next to nothing about bowies. I plan do do this from 3/16" W2. 

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I'd call that a fighter rather than a bowie, but that's just a matter of opinion.  And I think it's a cool idea in the north where sapping is a long tradition!  Plus it looks like you could use the bucket hook as a bottle opener if needed. ;)

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46 minutes ago, Alan Longmire said:

I'd call that a fighter rather than a bowie, but that's just a matter of opinion.

Another question from one who doesn't know much (if anything) about Bowies or fighters...

In your opinion, what's the difference?

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That’s cool! My family appreciates good maple syrup, its always from a small shop in Vermont that we get ours. But this seasons theme has got me stumped, I haven’t been able to think of anything.

 

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40 minutes ago, billyO said:

Another question from one who doesn't know much (if anything) about Bowies or fighters...

In your opinion, what's the difference?

I suspect the blade may be too short

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In general, and in my opinion (and there are many!) a Bowie has a mostly parallel blade for the first two-thirds of the blade (usually!) and has a symmetrical (usually!) handle.  Nobody knows what the knife Jim Bowie had at the Sandbar Fight in 1828 looked like, it was described at the time as "a large butcher knife."  I base my opinion on the so-called golden age Bowies of 1829-1860.  These have a lot of variation, and some did have slightly sculpted handles, but more in a sabre-esque way.  A few of the earliest did have more of a curve to the edge, some even had a blade that widened out to the clip or spearpoint.  

 

But I'm a classics kind of guy.  You can find the exact opposite opinion from people just as qualified as me (which is not much more than most unless you're talking historical stuff).  To some people any large-ish single edged knife with a guard is a bowie.  To me, a "fighter" has a pointier profile than a bowie, and always has a sculpted grip.  But that's me.

 

In other words, it's not in any way important! :lol:  This is a great design Joel has come up with, and that's all it needs.

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It would be cool if you had a hidden compartment for syrup... 

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22 hours ago, Zeb Camper said:

It would be cool if you had a hidden compartment for syrup... 

I'm going to have to make a sheath and it is definitely feasible.  

 

Edit: I could fit something like this in the sheath.

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Okay if you do that I will buy that blade from who ever draws it.. :lol::P

  In all seriousness though, I’m not joking... ;) 

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Awesome! It would be cool if it was in the handle though...........

 

Say you walk into a waffle house around 2am. The salty ol' waitress that didn't want to serve you throws your food down and says in a raspy new england accent "sorry sweetheart, we're out of syrup". So you narrow your eyes, spit a stream of tobacco juice on the floor, and rip a 7.5" knife from your hip without breaking eye contact, then remove a cap from the hilt dispensing maple syrup on your dried stack of bland food. Then you give it a lil twirl from the bucket hook and re-holster that bad boy in wild west fashion. Then, the Rob Halford doppelgangers tap your shoulder and....

 

Obviously just kidding btw :D

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34 minutes ago, Zeb Camper said:

Say you walk into a waffle house...

That's great, Zeb. 

 

If you're old enough, and I were anywhere near Buchanan, I'd like to buy you a pint or two.  Especially if that'd loosen your tongue for more of the above.

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Cool design, Joël, I like the forward curving bucket hook guard. That's a really neat touch. 

 

And also a syrup flask may be one of the best ideas I've heard in a long time! 

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Today I cut the profile of the blade on the portabands, cleaned the contour by drawfiling and set the shoulders square with the carbide file guide. More to come

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