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Spalted Wood Drake

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by RyanW, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. RyanW

    RyanW Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 17, 2009
    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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    Comments Encouraged.... thanks for looking
    Ryan
     
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2012
  2. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    howzabout a full on profile shot Ryan?
     
  3. Brian Ayres

    Brian Ayres

    Feb 4, 2011
    You sure nailed that pairing Ryan! It looks fabulous!
     
  4. RyanW

    RyanW Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 17, 2009
    Hey Lorien, The full profile doesn't show the hamon very well.

    Thanks Brian!

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  5. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    yeah, but it shows how the figuring in the handle continues on to the blade!
    Very nice my friend!
     
  6. macmiddlebrooks

    macmiddlebrooks

    524
    May 24, 2010
    Oh sweet! That's just gorgeous....well done Sir.
     
  7. wdtorque

    wdtorque

    May 29, 2010
    How do you spell "Cha Ching?"
    Well Done. Very nice.
    Dozier
     
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2012
  8. Steve Nuckels

    Steve Nuckels

    Aug 18, 2009
    I love everything about it!

    Steve
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    Potomac Forge
     
  9. Steve Nuckels

    Steve Nuckels

    Aug 18, 2009
    I love everything about it!

    Steve
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    Potomac Forge
     
  10. Kevin Jones

    Kevin Jones Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2006
    Yep, cool how the line worked out!
     
  11. fast14riot

    fast14riot Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 27, 2010
    Ryan, you nailed the blade and handle perfectly! Good work dude!


    -Xander
     
  12. momo

    momo

    282
    Nov 4, 2005
    這材料應用的真有巧思.

    真棒!
     
  13. crimsonfalcon07

    crimsonfalcon07

    Dec 27, 2010
    I particularly love the way the handle curves into the blade there. Reminiscent of a yin yang. Very cool!
     
  14. RyanW

    RyanW Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 17, 2009
    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.
     
  15. claudio-cas

    claudio-cas

    May 19, 2010
    You are very talented ... I always want to see your next work ...
    Claudio
     
  16. issues

    issues

    207
    May 9, 2012
    Love the match up, a true work of art!!!
     
  17. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    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
     
  18. RyanW

    RyanW Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 17, 2009
    Thank you very Much my friend! means a lot coming from a maker that keeps pushing the limits like you do.

    Thank you Issues.

    Coop Thank you, It actually is a "Wood Duck"
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    the word Drake means male. the Nessmuk hump reminded me of the head portion. Thanks for asking.
     
  19. Chui-888

    Chui-888 Gold Member Gold Member

    512
    Jul 10, 2012
    .........hats-off.

    Spalt line to hamon line - mighty, mighty clever and beautifully done
     
  20. Matthew Gregory

    Matthew Gregory Chief Executive in charge of Entertainment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 12, 2005
    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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