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This is my latest Bowie. Hand forged from 1095 high carbon steel. The guard is from 1018 mild steel. The handle is Sonoran Desert Ironwood.

The overall length is 15-1/4 inches.

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Welcome to the forum, Tim!  Glad to see you here.

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Now that's a knife.  Good work.

 

Doug

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It's a small detail, but I like the little double notch at the choil.

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Y'all do know who Tim is, right? ;)

 

Ever used or recommended a forge made from an adobe-filled washtub blown with a hair dryer?  AKA the Lively-type forge?  

 

 

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Thanks Alan! I appreciate the welcome here. My Charcoal Burning Wash Tub Forge design has been morphed into a lot of variations by many smiths since I first came up with it over 20 years ago and that's all good.  Here's a link to a facebook page that shows more details. Thanks again!

https://www.facebook.com/Lively-Charcoal-Burning-Wash-Tub-Forge-215899918501872/

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My Wash Tub Forge design starts with a commonly available wash tub of course. I used a 1 inch diameter black pipe for a tuyere with 1/4 inch holes spaced 1 inch apart. The wash tub is lined with adobe, a mixture of clay, sand and wood ashes. The hand crank blower I used is a Champion 60a. I originally used a Champion 400 but got this little blower at the ABANA gathering in Flagstaff, Arizona in 2000. I paid a whopping $25 for it then. Since then I've seen this little blower go for as high as $250 on eBay. Any blower will work but I like the little one for portability and it has plenty of power. I've used half a dozen different blowers for power over the years but my current set up is a 60a again. I love this little aluminum blower. There are imported copies available but none work as well as the original Champion 60a. Electric one work too but I prefer the control of the hand cranked version myself. Commonly asked questions are - Will the galvanized tub get hot enough to create poisonous fumes? NO! Can I use something other than clay for adobe? Some types of kitty litter will work. Do I put straw in the adobe mix? No, it creates voids when heated and makes the structure weaker. Here's another photo that might help people figure out how to make one for themselves. 

 

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I'll be making one of these. I have the jabod side blast version and a bottom blast similar to yours but made from wood and very heavy. I would never have thought of using a washtub.

How long does your tuyere last?

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Hi,Tim,really nice to see you on here.Heard your name for years,in connection with your knifemaking and the forge too,of course.

 

I like the way you finished that blade,i like that texture.It's appealing on some instinctive,gut level.Somewhat like the very classy old architectural ironwork by Yellin and few others.

And that forged-in bevel line,very satisfying to look at.

Good for the old iron-addled brain!:)

  

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Randy, because the tuyere is incased in adobe except for the very top it never wears out. It doesn't seem to get very hot at all. I've made dozens of these over the years and have given many away to upstarting smiths and I've never heard of anyone burning out the tuyere.

 

Jake, Thank you very much. The forged bevel is my favorite part of the hammered finish as well. Getting a ridge line to pop is not as easy as it looks to get down. Not everyone seems to like it. Live and let live. 

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Tim, good to see you here. That is a great looking knife. I love the blade and the guard. They have style. 

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Hi Tim.  I haven't seen you on-line in a long while, but maybe just didn't look in the right place.  'glad you are still kickin' it.

 

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