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Gunsmithing / Re: Trapdoor front sight
« Last post by mtmarfield on Today at 04:19:40 PM »
      Greetings, DKC!

   I also have a Bannerman's / Sears / M'Ward Springfield; mine is an 1866 Allin .50-70, cut to 24", and was provided with a rather blocky barley-corn front sight that was dovetailed onto the barrel. It looks very period appropriate.
   I would also consider having a stud brazed to the barrel, preferably one that was dovetailed at the top to admit a small, drift-adjustable blade, to eliminate the need of hold-off.

              Good Luck! Photos!

                           M.T.Marfield
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Gunsmithing / Re: Silver grip frame
« Last post by mtmarfield on Today at 04:07:14 PM »
      Greetings, KS!

   I, too, have a Colt's 1862 PP, and a Colt's 1871, with bare brass that I'd love to Silver Plate; so, barring an obliging jeweler, I'll consider your solution!

             Thanks Mucho!

                       M. T. Marfield
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The Leather Shop / Re: Pair Of Carved Holsters
« Last post by Marshal Will Wingam on Today at 03:26:58 PM »
Where do you get your Chicago Screws from by the hunderds? I have not bought any in big lots yet but would if I found some.
I've found them most recently (within 5 years) on ebay.
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The Leather Shop / Re: Pair Of Carved Holsters
« Last post by Rube Burrows on Today at 01:17:46 PM »
This is a good point. I buy Chicago screws by the hundreds. On a belt, they let you change buckles, too. Generally, I only rivet or stitch things on if it's necessary to look historically correct or is a better solution.

Where do you get your Chicago Screws from by the hunderds? I have not bought any in big lots yet but would if I found some.
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The Leather Shop / Re: Pair Of Carved Holsters
« Last post by Rube Burrows on Today at 01:16:48 PM »
Really good job. Did you dye the background area BEFORE you dyed the rest of am I seeing a darker color due to the stamp?  How did you finish the holsters (dye/sealer, etc.  The rivets- I'd probably use Chicago screws so I could take them off if I made a mistake- but that's me.
Next project- I'd do a belt to match the holsters.

Thanks. Actually there was no dye used on this pair. The color was achieved by using Fiebings Gel Antique in a Med. Brown. Then Mink Oil was used.

I almost used Chicago Screws but the ones I had on hand were too long so I went with what I have plenty which is copper rivets.

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The Leather Shop / Re: Pair Of Carved Holsters
« Last post by Marshal Will Wingam on Today at 12:00:49 PM »
...The rivets- I'd probably use Chicago screws so I could take them off if I made a mistake- but that's me.
Next project- I'd do a belt to match the holsters.
This is a good point. I buy Chicago screws by the hundreds. On a belt, they let you change buckles, too. Generally, I only rivet or stitch things on if it's necessary to look historically correct or is a better solution.
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The Leather Shop / Re: New Skiving Knife
« Last post by Marshal Will Wingam on Today at 11:58:02 AM »
Now that is nice. The hole in the blade lined up perfect to allow the snap. Awesome Job!!!
Thank you, Rube. Besides keeping the knife in the sheath, the snap through it also keeps the blade from getting jammed into the sheath too hard. Added benefit(?): how many knives are there that you can hang on a nail if you want to? ;D
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The Leather Shop / Re: Pair Of Carved Holsters
« Last post by Davem on Today at 10:46:59 AM »
Really good job. Did you dye the background area BEFORE you dyed the rest of am I seeing a darker color due to the stamp?  How did you finish the holsters (dye/sealer, etc.  The rivets- I'd probably use Chicago screws so I could take them off if I made a mistake- but that's me.
Next project- I'd do a belt to match the holsters. 
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The Leather Shop / Re: New Skiving Knife
« Last post by Rube Burrows on Today at 09:52:30 AM »
I like the angled skiving knife a lot but there are times when I find I want something like just the center section of a round knife without those big points sticking out on both sides preventing you from choking up on the thing. So I grabbed my last worn out circular saw blade and made one. That gets rid of another worn out saw blade and turns it into something useful. The protective sheath is assembled with rivets so the blade wouldn't cut through any stitching. It was only an 8" blade and there is a hole smack in the middle so I decided to use that to my advantage. Also, it keeps me out of the house which is running 80+ degrees in the afternoons. The garage is only around 65, which works for me. I'm done making knives for a while, now





Now that is nice. The hole in the blade lined up perfect to allow the snap. Awesome Job!!!
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The Leather Shop / Re: New Skiving Knife
« Last post by Marshal Will Wingam on Yesterday at 03:26:45 PM »
I like the angled skiving knife a lot but there are times when I find I want something like just the center section of a round knife without those big points sticking out on both sides preventing you from choking up on the thing. So I grabbed my last worn out circular saw blade and made one. That gets rid of another worn out saw blade and turns it into something useful. The protective sheath is assembled with rivets so the blade wouldn't cut through any stitching. It was only an 8" blade and there is a hole smack in the middle so I decided to use that to my advantage. Also, it keeps me out of the house which is running 80+ degrees in the afternoons. The garage is only around 65, which works for me. I'm done making knives for a while, now.



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