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Old 05-15-2015, 05:58 AM
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18th c. Gentlemans Belt Knife

Or riflemans knife if you prefer. Just finished a couple of days ago. 9 1/2" 01 steel blade, iron guard, sterling silver ferrule and butt cap. Through tang peened over cap. Grip is curly maple with chip carving. I will be making a sterling silver throated center seam sheath with a brass belt hook to complete the outfit when time allows. Hope you enjoy a look see.

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Old 05-15-2015, 10:54 AM
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Outstanding all the way around. I has great lines that just want to make you pick it up.


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Old 06-17-2015, 04:05 PM
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Very nice! I like the blade profile. I'm curious. How did you fashion the ferrell? Did you spin it on a lathe or solder a seam?


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Old 06-18-2015, 06:35 AM
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The ferrule has a silver brazed seam. I use Brownell's Silvaloy 355. It flows at around 1200? to 1250?, and is easily done with a common propane torch on small stuff.
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Old 06-25-2015, 09:17 AM
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Old 06-28-2015, 06:10 AM
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Cowboy Bowie

Fresh off the bench. A medium sized basic Bowie knife with a 7" x 1 1/4" x 3/16" blade of 01 tool steel, a through tang peened over a 3/16" thick nickel silver butt cap, 1/8" thick nickel silver guard, and a very nice Sambar elk antler grip. This piece of Sambar elk had barely a hint of pith, if any real pith at all. Very solid and white to the core. I was extremely pleased to find such a nice piece. Hope you enjoy a look.

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