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« on: October 06, 2017, 09:37:22 pm »


Finished this today and thought that I'd share. 9" blade, curly maple handle, steel and bronze fittings. I'll work on a sheath tomorrow.
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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2017, 10:52:34 pm »

Very nice, very nice.  I really like the look of it.

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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2017, 11:14:08 pm »

GREAT blade shape.
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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2017, 12:18:04 am »

GREAT blade shape.

Thanks Fellas! The 'California Clip' is my favorite shape for a bowie blade.
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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2017, 01:53:35 am »

Nicely done Tinker!
the hammer marks contrast well against the refined grind.

what steel did you use? I prefer old detroit leaf spring lol.

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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2017, 02:07:21 am »

Nicely done Tinker!
the hammer marks contrast well against the refined grind.

what steel did you use? I prefer old detroit leaf spring lol.

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5160 spring steel- a favorite of mine!
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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2017, 06:59:20 am »

Very nice design and craftsmanship , Tinker your a talented man . ....DT
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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2017, 09:26:29 am »

I normally like crisp, clean lines, but the hammer marks do give it a rugged look... and I love that maple handle. Nice work Sir!
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« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2017, 03:07:55 pm »

Thanks Fellas! The 'California Clip' is my favorite shape for a bowie blade.

Mine, too.... and now I have a name for it.   Grin
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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2017, 12:21:50 am »

Finished the sheath today-
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« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2017, 10:22:13 pm »

Very cool, love the hammered finish.
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« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2017, 12:28:54 pm »

Finally got to see the pics last night (imugr is blocked at work).   Amazing work.  Love the hammered finish. 
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« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2017, 09:33:19 am »

Awesome, looks great.  Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2017, 11:04:49 am »

I think you're a candidate for an episode of "Forged In Fire".

I really enjoy that show, but some guys make such bone headed decisions and get eliminated that you have to wonder if it's all contrived right from the get go. Like quenching white hot steel in water ......
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« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2017, 11:10:50 am »

I think you're a candidate for an episode of "Forged In Fire".

I really enjoy that show, but some guys make such bone headed decisions and get eliminated that you have to wonder if it's all contrived right from the get go. Like quenching white hot steel in water ......

They've called me a couple of times, but I really don't do enough forging to be a good candidate.
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« Reply #15 on: October 23, 2017, 04:18:09 pm »

Take it as a challenge! What have you got to lose? And you might walk away with $10,000. Looks like a little more time on the grinder would have eliminated most of those hammer marks.

Any time you'd be willing to forge a 7" Classic Bowie with a Coffin handle, you might have a customer here.

What was the source of your steel?
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« Reply #16 on: October 26, 2017, 04:31:38 am »

Thanks Fellas! The 'California Clip' is my favorite shape for a bowie blade.

that is ART !   my favorite shape too
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« Reply #17 on: October 26, 2017, 03:11:21 pm »

Reminiscent of the Randall Combat Knife of the Viet Nam era.
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« Reply #18 on: October 26, 2017, 07:06:40 pm »

Reminiscent of the Randall Combat Knife of the Viet Nam era.
Some what.  I can see how you would say that. I always wanted a Randall but since I had my Marine K-Bar I never could justify the expense in the days I actually needed it.

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« Reply #19 on: October 26, 2017, 10:34:10 pm »

Just thought I'd post a couple of pictures of my Bowie and sheath - made by Chuck Burrows (R.I.P.) at Wild Rose Trading Company - www.wrtcleather.com

The blade's hand-forged, by Gib Guignard (R.I.P.) of Cactus Forge) - made of handforged 1084 and provided with filework.

The hilt is the beam of an Mule Deer antler with cast pewter ferrules,  and the hilt and buttcap are from a wagon rim found near the site of the Fetterman Massacre.

The sheath's beaded in the Crow style, with glass and brass beads, brass tacks, tin cone tinklers with Buffalo hair dangles.

It's made of a Bark Tan cowhide liner with beaded braintanned cuff and beaded deer rawhide.

Take a look.

http://www.wrtcleather.com/1-ckd/1-gallery/st-george-001.jpg

http://www.wrtcleather.com/1-ckd/1-gallery/st-george-002.jpg

It's even nicer 'in person' than depicted in the photos.

It has a great 'balance' and 'elegance' and 'feel' and 'sense of purpose' to it - much like the modern-day Randall Model 1 Fighting Knife does - I've carried a Model 1 for decades - sold my Model 15 to my Medic to pay for it - he still has it.

Back then, an APO address got priority and I had mine in a few weeks, and it stayed on my web gear - seeing the world several times over.

Vaya,

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« Reply #20 on: October 27, 2017, 12:15:04 am »

Robert,
I'm both jealous & envious ....Chucks work was/is exceptional ....his photography was stunning .

I was always a BIG fan of his "look" the way he had with his art , I spoke with him a few times , always wanted one of his holsters.
He was working up a holster companion for my original  Griswold & Gunnison , when his health brought him down   Sad
 
Sadly, his style,  his look , will not pass this way again.
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« Reply #21 on: October 27, 2017, 10:14:28 am »

Amen to that Major.  I have a file on my computer of his pictures.  It is just called Chuck.  I was always amazed by the generosity of his spirit to take the time to reply to posts to teach us.
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« Reply #22 on: October 27, 2017, 11:11:23 am »

I have several things he'd made me over time.

- Kiowa 'Strike-a-Light' pouch for flint and steel 'and' he made the striker.

- Spur straps with genuine silver 1880s Mexican 5-Peso conchos.

- A fairly plain sheath - rawhide-laced and riveted, and he also rawhide-wrapped a knife's hilt for that sheath.

Regrettably, he died with several projects of mine yet to be completed - two different-styled SAA Holsters and Money Belt, and a Pueblo holster for my 1911.

We talked quite a bit, and I'd spoken with him the week before he died - the weaknesses he complained about had cleared, he was 'up' and positive, but that was not to be.

I'll always miss him...

A fine man.

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« Reply #23 on: October 27, 2017, 12:56:51 pm »

Indeed.....  Cry

I had done some Bota patterns I shared with him    .... taken off the original set I traced at Jefferson Barracks.

I don't know if he ever use that pattern.

I had spoken to (actually replied to him ) in late Jan or Feb. of "16" he was weak then,  we spoke of a portfolio of his photographs
in a published Coffee table style book ... I had inquired with University of Florida press in regards to a test project. 
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