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Hi Folks,

 

I was looking at some of the knives made by the legendary Bob Loveless and came across a feature on one of his stiff horn pattern knife. Image copied from Knives Illustrated 

It is called a crossbar on the bolsters and I am wondering how this is constructed?

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I have not seen that before, interesting...  possibly a staple?  Done like a blind rivet, that could work.  It does not look soldered.  

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Right Alan. I thought so also that this is definitely not soldered. So got my brain in a tizzy how this is done. I love the look of that crossbar . I am not sure the knife has a crossbar on the bottom part of the bolster also but that seems unlikely. I cannot find an image of the bottom of the bolster.

Would a staple or blind rivet be strong enough? 

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Loveless always soldered and/or pinned his bolsters, at least as far as I know.  This would be a decorative element, in which case blind riveting would be enough to hold the staple in place.

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