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Old 02-26-2014, 03:23 PM
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Little Bowie/fighter- mini WIP

Ok, so this is not a true step by step work in progress but it does show some pictures along the way of how this one is coming together. I'm not very good at remembering to take pictures as I go but maybe this will give a little view into the process.

First, we have the blade forged mostly to shape and still attached to the parent bar.


Then we have the tang and ricasso surface ground and ready for rough grinding.


Here is the blade rough ground.


My makers mark was stamped and the blade is all ready to heat treat.


This is hand sanding after heat treat and before the clip is ground in. You can see some of the hamon in there.


Here is the blade all done, clip ground, sanded and ready to etch.


Two shots of the blade all done and etched ready for the guard and fittings.




And here is where it stands today, guard and fittings in place and to final dimensions.


Now it's off to Claude Scott for some leather then it will come back to me for final handle fitting, embellishments, filework and final finish. I'll keep this updated best I can from here on out.


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Very nice. I missed the pictures of pre-heat treat and how you managed to get that nice hamon. Nice blade, John.

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Sure now you are gonna make us wait.
Looking good so far Pal

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Old 03-30-2014, 07:35 AM
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Sure now you are gonna make us wait.
Looking good so far Pal

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Ok, Bing- I think you've waited long enough.

I have a few more updates to this. Sorry it's been so long.

A couple quick pics showing some of the progress. You can see final shape and where this one is headed. Now that all the rough work is done, I have all the fine embellishment and details and filework to do.

And look at that FINE leatherwork of Claude Scott!






Now only 3 more months, and it will be time for the finished pics.


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Old 03-30-2014, 09:06 AM
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Wow, John-that looks great. And that sheath is really nice, too. I find myself looking very closely at that "exploded" pic with all the parts. It's very interesting to see how you do your frame handle. Thanks for putting this up, John.

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Old 03-30-2014, 09:09 AM
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Thanks Jeremy. I had some head scratching moments with it for sure.

I didn't want to use pins through the sides of the scales. This piece was commissioned to be a full take down model. So that ruled out gluing everything up.

So the problem was, there was nothing to keep the butt end of the scales from separating out from the tang. Since epoxy was out, and permanent pins were out, that left two options: a butt cap that uses hidden pins to keep the scales in place or screws in the scales. I chose screws in the scales. I think it will still look alright.

Also, everything had to be meticulously finished so that there is NO play whatsoever in any component. It locks up pretty tight all assembled, even without the screws in the scale and through the frame yet.


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That looks great.
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Well worth the wait
John this is a fantastic piece.
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NOW that is a Knife !


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