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    Spalted Wood Drake


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    Finished this one up for one of my repeat customers. He asked for my wood drake design (Nessmuk Inspired) but to "Make it Special" and left me free reign on the details. I had a piece of Spalted Sycamore from Mark "Burl Source" that had the Old Growth / New Growth running across it like a Hamon. I knew there would be a blade that would be the perfect match and I think I found it

    Wood Drake Specs:
    Steel: Aldo's 1/8" 1095 (Hamon)
    OAL: 9"
    Blade: 4.5'
    Handle: Stabilized Spalted Sycamore (From Burl Source) Had it as Maple before... Thanks Mark
    Misc: Tapered Tang, Mosaic pin





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    howzabout a full on profile shot Ryan?

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    You sure nailed that pairing Ryan! It looks fabulous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lorien View Post
    howzabout a full on profile shot Ryan?
    Hey Lorien, The full profile doesn't show the hamon very well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Ayres View Post
    You sure nailed that pairing Ryan! It looks fabulous!
    Thanks Brian!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanW View Post
    Hey Lorien, The full profile doesn't show the hamon very well.


    yeah, but it shows how the figuring in the handle continues on to the blade!
    Very nice my friend!

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    Oh sweet! That's just gorgeous....well done Sir.

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    How do you spell "Cha Ching?"
    Well Done. Very nice.
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    I love everything about it!

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    I love everything about it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lorien View Post
    yeah, but it shows how the figuring in the handle continues on to the blade!
    Very nice my friend!
    Yep, cool how the line worked out!

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    Ryan, you nailed the blade and handle perfectly! Good work dude!


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    這材料應用的真有巧思.

    真棒!

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    I particularly love the way the handle curves into the blade there. Reminiscent of a yin yang. Very cool!
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    Thanks to everyone that posted! I really appreciate the feedback.

    Mark from Burl Source pointed out that I had it listed as Spalted Maple, when intact it is Spalted Sycamore. Thanks Mark.
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    You are very talented ... I always want to see your next work ...
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    Love the match up, a true work of art!!!

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    Ryan, What's a 'Wood Drake' knife? I've googled and can't identify this term.

    This looks handy and well-made by every account. Props.

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    Quote Originally Posted by claudio-cas View Post
    You are very talented ... I always want to see your next work ...
    Claudio
    Thank you very Much my friend! means a lot coming from a maker that keeps pushing the limits like you do.

    Quote Originally Posted by issues View Post
    Love the match up, a true work of art!!!
    Thank you Issues.

    Quote Originally Posted by SharpByCoop View Post
    Ryan, What's a 'Wood Drake' knife? I've googled and can't identify this term.

    This looks handy and well-made by every account. Props.

    Coop
    Coop Thank you, It actually is a "Wood Duck"

    the word Drake means male. the Nessmuk hump reminded me of the head portion. Thanks for asking.
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    .........hats-off.

    Spalt line to hamon line - mighty, mighty clever and beautifully done

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    Man, Ryan, you've just been knocking them out of the park - love how the hamon transitions into the handle material. Great execution!
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