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Crackle Mammoth/ Rosebud Damascus/ Big Bowie -P.Long Sheath Added

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by John White, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. John White

    John White

    Jun 23, 2007
    Sent some photos of my Mammoth stash to this client, and he picked a beautiful golden crackle.

    He asked for a big, frame-handled Damascus Bowie to show it off.

    Here it is; 11 inches of a 4-bar twisted Mosaic I think I'll call "Rosebud." The fittings are of a complimentary black and silver Damascus, and the spacers and frame liners are teeny file-worked stainless.

    It's a take-down, and as usual, the Damascus-topped take-down tool holds spare assembly pins, and there's a Damascus stud to go on the sheath that Paul Long will be making. (pics on that later)

    Here's a few photos.

    I've added the photos of Paul Long's fantastic sheath for this one.

    The overlay is a Golden Lizard to accent the Mammoth Crackle, and the tooling carries out the "Rosebud" theme of the blade's Damascus.

    Paul's original "papoose" holds the Damascus tipped "Take-down" tool.

    Paul done it proud!






    Last edited: Oct 19, 2012


    Mar 22, 2008
    Nice knife, John
  3. Fishinbo


    Jun 11, 2012
    A majestic piece!
  4. Dawkind

    Dawkind Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    All of that and a take-down, too.......... :eek: :thumbup:
  5. Mike Craddock

    Mike Craddock KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 31, 2007
    WOW!! I do like this one.

  6. Jos


    Oct 23, 2006
    That's a BEAUTIFUL Bowie!

    Kind regards,

  7. D.Crawford


    Jan 15, 2008
    Another inspiring piece of work. Really impressive damascus. I love how the pattern ends just before the tip. Great stuff.
  8. Murray White

    Murray White Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 17, 1999
    more than Krackle there John. Snap and Pop came along for the ride also.
  9. Steve Randall

    Steve Randall

    Dec 3, 2009
    great knife, like the damascus a lot.

  10. G. Shahan

    G. Shahan

    Jul 19, 2008
    Stunning John.

  11. Gary Mulkey

    Gary Mulkey Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2001
    Beautiful work, John! You continue to knock them out. Very impressive!

    Do you cut a bird's mouth in the tip of the blade after welding the layers or do you have a method of doing it initially?

  12. Joss

    Joss Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 20, 2001
  13. John White

    John White

    Jun 23, 2007
    Thanks guys, for the comments. This damascus pattern, by the way, came out of a confab with Shawn McIntyre last June in my shop. Thanks, Shawn.

    Gary, I've had some unfortunate incidents with the bird's-mouth method. I do a double weld, cutting an inside curve, and bending. That way, I can match the pattern exactly, and get a good weld consistently.

    Here's an illustrated explanation from an old WIP. http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/s...-Walrus-Damascus-Dogbone-Bowie-for-Jim-Treacy

  14. Gary Mulkey

    Gary Mulkey Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2001
    Thanks, John. Looking forward to seeing some your work first hand in Little Rock.

  15. AKC

    AKC Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 10, 2010
    Fantastic isn't strong enough!

    Simply superlative seems weak!

  16. Dago Red

    Dago Red

    Jun 16, 2008
    Awesome knife man!!! where do you guys get this great ivory? I'm particularly fond of blue mammoth but this is beautiful too.

  17. Jon Brand

    Jon Brand Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2007
    The guard is great- very interesting!

    Thats a crazy knife!!
  18. Mike Quesenberry

    Mike Quesenberry

    Jun 2, 2009
    Yeah, what he said:D. Another beauty, John.
  19. LX_Emergency


    Jun 28, 2007
    That might be the nicest damascus blade I've ever seen pictures of. Congratulations on finishing that piece.
  20. Doug C

    Doug C

    Mar 15, 2005
    The golden crackle in the mammoth looks like vines growing into the rosebud pattern of the blade.
    What an elegant and lovely big Bowie, John !


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