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Dave Lisch Fighting Dragons Bowie

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by RogerP, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. RogerP

    RogerP Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2002
    This one I blame on Peter Gill. He's just a bad influence, plain and simple. He had worked closely with Dave on the first Flying Dragon Bowie about a year and a half back, and that knife just struck a chord with me. It struck a chord with a few others as well, as it was a finalist for Best Bowie 2010.

    Knowing I'd have zero chance to pry that piece from Peter's clutches, I set about seeing if Dave would make me something similar.

    Well, that something similar arrived just before Blade and is happily ensconced in my display case.


    This piece represents an evolution of the Dragon theme, with armies of black and silver dragons locked in aerial combat along the length of the blade. Seriously cool stuff, this. Another evolution is the addition of a long, elegant clip running almost the full length of the spine. It's a feature Dave and I went back and forth on a few times, but I think we made the right call.


    The rest is true to the original - lean profile and sweet amber stag.

    Paul Long did what he does, turn out a terrific sheath. And Coop did what he does - give us all a chance st the best look at the knife short of handling it in person.


    This was the first time I have worked with Dave on an order and I have to say I really enjoyed the process immensely. His enthusiasm for his work is infectious, and there isn't a single detail of design and execution that receives anything less than careful consideration. All of which shows in the final result.

    Thanks to all.

  2. braillediver

    braillediver Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 6, 2007
    Superlative from one end to the other and the “sweet amber stag” is an understatement.

    Thanks for sharing it it’s beautiful in detail and execution all the way down to the stud.


  3. John White

    John White

    Jun 23, 2007

    Dave's making some of the neatest damascus around, and the "Dragons" are my favorite of his.

    The long clip screams "wicked" and that stag is perfect. What a great job, Dave.

    Paul and Coop attend to every detail, as usual.

  4. Doug C

    Doug C

    Mar 15, 2005
    Dave Lisch's damascus is Masterful, undoubtedly.
    KILLER stag ! WOW !!
    What a piece, Roger, just fantastic and the long clip was the right call.
    Paul's sheath is more icing along with Coop's image.
    Congrats on a keeper.

  5. Jos


    Oct 23, 2006
    WOW! What a beauty!

    GREAT score Roger!

    Kind regards,

  6. JParanee


    Dec 23, 2006

    This is truly a stand out piece congrats on a superb package

    Dave is making a name for himself as one of if not the best maker of Damascus in the game with his original patterns and excellent work
  7. MVF

    MVF Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2005
    Congratulations to all! Great knife, great sheath and great pics, you're a lucky man Roger!
  8. DanGraves

    DanGraves KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 5, 2006
    Stunning Damascus and execution is just .....Well over the top. Very nice Roger.
  9. Wulf


    May 10, 2000
    Brilliant piece! Wow! Insane damascus, beautiful stag, just a wonderful package all around. Great call on adding that long clip, by the way!
  10. Dago Red

    Dago Red

    Jun 16, 2008
    Beautiful, I especially love the handle.

  11. D lisch

    D lisch KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 27, 2007
    I would like to add that Roger was great to work with I truly enjoyed making this knife for him I do not get as much time as I would like to to make knives as I have iron that needs forging. Roger never once rushed me on this project probably why it took so long but when it was done I felt that we really got it right . Paul Thank you for the nice work on the sheath Jim Thank you for the Killer pics and Roger Thank you for the chance to make another Dragon knife I will say that this is my favorite style of knife to make and thank you all for your kind words
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2012
  12. Dawkind

    Dawkind Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    Amazing Bowie.....congrats!!!!!
  13. Chris Montgomery

    Chris Montgomery

    Dec 8, 2011
    Outstanding craftsmanship across the board!!!! Congrats Roger!

    How cool would that pattern be on a Qillion Dagger? I for one think it would be Spectacular!!

  14. billf

    billf Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 9, 2003
    Dave is awesome to work with:D

    I personally am a big fan of long slim clips, and this one just fits beautifully with the knife !

    The entire "Dragon" Damascus series is exquisite in patterning and execution

    Congrats Roger and Dave !!!

    Bill Flynn
  15. Mike Quesenberry

    Mike Quesenberry

    Jun 2, 2009
    Congratulation Roger, that is one sweet knife:thumbup:. As Joe stated earlier, Dave is a true innovator in the making of damascus. I get to spend some time with him next week and I'm hoping to gain some of that damascus knowledge while picking his brain. Though I don't want to got to deep in that brain, it might be scary in there:D.
  16. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    this knife has sick flow! Steel's pretty friggin amazing. In fact, everything about it is killer. You're a fortunate man, Roger.
  17. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    Big congrats to Dave and Roger. A spectacular piece by any standard.
  18. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    It's a classic deceptively simple Bowie/Fighter. Except that it has 'buried treasure' everywhere, when you look closely.

    That's it's crazy appeal. Right down to the stud/frog.

    Both of you guys ought to be proud. Make that three, and include Paul.

    Thanks for the props. This deserved the closeups.

  19. SBranson

    SBranson KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 29, 2006
    I like what Coop says. It's the kind of knife that just draws you in, to marvel a the details. Dave, you just keep steppin' it up!
    Paul.. wow...
    And Coop does a great job showing it all..

    Nice acquisition Roger. Thanks for sharing.
  20. Kohai999

    Kohai999 Second Degree Cutter Platinum Member

    Jul 15, 2003
    Peter really did some great things, working with Dave, and it paid dividends for both of them, and that is a win/win.

    Roger's knife is a great example of what can come out of an exemplary maker/collector relationship.

    We often talk about collectors and makers as if they are two beings from different planets, but ESPECIALLY in the case of collector like Roger who has made some danged spiffy knives himself(I'd like to own one!) this is work that works well.....experienced collector knowing what he wants from the maker, the maker willing and able to deliver, and a high quality product at that. Well done gents!

    If you ever sell this one Roger, I call dibs!(I have never re-sold a knife purchased from Peter Gill OR Roger Pinnock, a testament to their flawed approach in selling in the first place, and excellent taste overall.:D)

    Best Regards,

    STeven Garsson

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