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Offline Jake MacReedy

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Next Plainsman Project: An 1850's Bowie
« on: September 28, 2022, 09:42:25 AM »
I recently ordered a couple more hand-forged Bowie blades from John Adams & Co. in Sheffield, England.  I have made several Sheffield Bowies using their blades over the past 8 years or so.  They are wonderful folks to work with, and will do custom work for the customer as well.  I ordered two of their 8" carbon steel Bowie blanks (the blade is actually 8 1/2"), one with their normal scale tang and the other with a narrow tang, threaded for a pommel.  Neither has the fancy firework shown on their website.  They will do all this on request, with no additional charge!  I am making the narrow tang Bowie for myself, with a boat-shape steel guard and steel pommel, with a natural stag handle.  I will post more images as I work on it.  For now, here is the blade, the guard and the raw material for the pommel.

Jake, aka Ron



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Re: Next Plainsman Project: An 1850's Bowie
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2022, 05:42:49 PM »
Ron:
Did the guard come with the knife?
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Re: Next Plainsman Project: An 1850's Bowie
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2022, 02:47:35 PM »
No, Joe.  I made it out of 3/16" thick mild steel.  I am going to use a steel ferrule with the guard, when I install it.

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Re: Next Plainsman Project: An 1850's Bowie
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2022, 12:25:52 PM »
Nice, but I prefer full tangs.
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Re: Next Plainsman Project: An 1850's Bowie
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2022, 12:42:10 PM »
You mean like this:

The narrow tang is 1/4" thick and 1/2" wide.  It's not going to break!

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Re: Next Plainsman Project: An 1850's Bowie
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Re: Next Plainsman Project: An 1850's Bowie
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2022, 10:31:08 AM »
i have one of their finished bowies, i was curious its carbon steel but is it because of polish that its not dulling?

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Re: Next Plainsman Project: An 1850's Bowie
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2022, 12:19:42 PM »
Yes, I believe so.  They do make some Bowies that are stainless, however.  Those that are, are plainly marked so on their website.

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Re: Next Plainsman Project: An 1850's Bowie
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2022, 07:16:37 PM »
I look forward to seeing pictures of the finished product Jake.

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Re: Next Plainsman Project: An 1850's Bowie
« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2022, 03:55:16 PM »
Dave, as I have time to work on it, I'll post pics here as I go along.  I have the stag for the handle, and I've drilled and filed the tang channel through it so far.
Jake

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Re: Next Plainsman Project: An 1850's Bowie
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2022, 10:43:31 AM »
Looks like fun.  What about the sheath?

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Re: Next Plainsman Project: An 1850's Bowie
« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2022, 12:30:39 PM »
I will make a sheath for it myself.  Already have the leather and have made several sheaths for these Bowies before.

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Re: Next Plainsman Project: An 1850's Bowie
« Reply #11 on: November 28, 2022, 10:05:52 AM »
Swapped out the steel guard with a scalloped one in nickel silver.  The handle is Sambar stag, with a steel ferrule and pommel.  the pommel will be rounded off.


It will be an English Hunting Knife of the Bowie Pattern from the 1840's-50's.

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Re: Next Plainsman Project: An 1850's Bowie
« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2022, 10:55:35 AM »
Got the guard fitted and the iron ferrule fitted to the stag handle, and all fitted to the tang.  Now I need to drill & tap the pommel.
Balde is 8 1/2" long and the handle will be 4 3/4" long.

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Re: Next Plainsman Project: An 1850's Bowie
« Reply #13 on: Yesterday at 07:08:37 PM »
looks good man, reminds me of the british officer india hunting knifes

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Re: Next Plainsman Project: An 1850's Bowie
« Reply #14 on: Today at 02:38:39 PM »
That's what it's styled after!

 

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