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A New Dawn


Matthew Parkinson

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I started this piece around the first of the year. I got the welding done and the blade sat around until I had time to finish it out now that blade show is on the horizon, as well as the Mystic Knife show this weekend,  it seemed like the time. 

The blade is forged of 15n20/ 1075 and 1095 steels.  the bolster is sterling silver, ( Lost wax cast) the handle is stabilized yew root. 

 I have one other blade from this billet forged rough ground and heat treated I am going to try and get that one finished for blade show as well.

I have been calling this one A New Dawn. 

 

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Good golly Matthew, that truly is a work of art.
What an idea or concept and a finished work! 
Wow,

Gary LT 
 

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I am loving that one Matt. It looks like the sun over the horizon at sea and the reflection in the water, or a thin wispy cloud across the sun. Beautiful and evocative.

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Wow :o  That is stunning!

 

I've seen a number of brave attempts at pattern welding in a scene, but this is by far the best result I've seen so far.  It makes no excuses for having been pattern welded.  Bravo!

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1 hour ago, Brian Dougherty said:

pattern welding  a scene, but this is by far the best result I've seen so far.

Yeah, what Brian said.   Very well done, thanks for sharing!

 

 

RIP Bear....be free!

 

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Beautiful. I love the way the wood grain in the grip compliments the PW on the edge. Really cool mosaic use. 

 

You've seen Dick Sexton's work w/ mosaics? 

 

Dave

 

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On 4/29/2023 at 11:03 AM, Dave Stephens said:

Beautiful. I love the way the wood grain in the grip compliments the PW on the edge. Really cool mosaic use. 

 

You've seen Dick Sexton's work w/ mosaics? 

 

Dave

 

Dick is defiantly one of the major influences in this direction of my work! 

He is one of the first I ever saw work in what I have been calling pictorial mosaic,   this is the third sucsessful blade in the style for me, the first was Whiskey Sunrise then Ashoken Nights, the Babba Yagga Pattern I did last fall was not successful but also in this vein. 

 

I just returned from the NCCA show in Mystic CT took home best forged knife for this one!

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Gratz and we’ll deserved Matthew

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Congrats on the prize Matt,

Really nice piece …..I’m glad you are picking up the ball and running with it……I think it is interesting that the photo you shot at the show reads the bolster better  than in Coop’s photo….It flows so nicely from the handle…. That yew root is nice looking stuff… where did you get it? 

 

You can’t blame me for this ….. I stole it from Daryl Meyer

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Thanks Dick!

 

Yeah the coop pic highlights a different part of the bolster, I think to help highlight the blade a bit more. . 

the Yew was actually from my front garden. when my wife and i bough this house 17 years ago there was a stump in the front planting bed , My grandmother in law that was living with us at the time tried to dig it out and finally gave up and reburied it.. about two years ago my wife decided to redo the bed. she and my mother in law dug it out axed and chain-sawed the roots  and finally got the root ball out , the color of the wood was all over the place from purples to reds  and pretty solid, so they saved it for me. I dried it and cut it in to blocks then sent it out for stabilizing. this is one of the planer sections these two paring knives are made from the same stump. 

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That is a nice story Matt…. Nicer than hearing you bought it ….. beautiful wood….it looks creamy….. I especially like the first pairing knife….

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Matt - that is a beautiful knife. Congratulations on the award. Well deserved. 

Keep moving ahead. 

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