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Tony Bose saddlehorn with Don Hanson steel

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by canineforge, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. canineforge

    canineforge Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    Kerry Hampton just posted this over in the traditional forum. Thought we should enjoy it over here, too. Tony Bose 4-5/8ths-inch ivory saddlehorn with Don Hanson damascus. Love the results.

    Kerry's photo:

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    - Joe
     
  2. Kevin Jones

    Kevin Jones Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2006
    The Saddlehorn is one of my favorite patterns and what a great combo of makers to team up on this one.
    Joe, I wouldn't be surprised if this was yours?
     
  3. Bruce Bump

    Bruce Bump KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 2, 1999
    The King of Steel meets the King of Slipjoints. Thats as good as it gets.
     
  4. RAN

    RAN

    Nov 30, 2000
    Damn You Joe !
    thats like a peanut butter cup
     
  5. remy b

    remy b

    255
    Dec 31, 2005
    Gorgeous knife.
     
  6. canineforge

    canineforge Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    Kevin, I would love to claim this one, but it is the most recent out of Wilfred Works, and not mine. If I were guessing, I would think it might show up at Blade. But that I am not sure of.

    - Joe
     
  7. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    Looks SO good!

    Tony could have taken it to the top, and used Goblins and Spiders mosaic for the bolsters. :eek:

    Wonderful. Hey, can I hire Kerry? Jeez, that's crisp. :D

    Coop
     
  8. Don Hanson III

    Don Hanson III KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 3, 2002
    Plan was to have damascus bolsters and shield, but the way Tony builds a knife, these would need to be etched after the knife was finished. No way to get a deep dark etch this way. I like the contrast of the SS and damascus and also the Bose-ness of it all.

    I am proud to be part of this special project. :)
     
  9. peterinct

    peterinct

    Dec 13, 1999
    Saddlehorns are one of my favorites too, and THAT is probably the NICEST I have ever seen! WOW!!

    Peter
     
  10. Kevin Jones

    Kevin Jones Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2006
    That's interesting information Don. Even though I'm a big fan of damascus, I like the contrast of the SS as well.
     
  11. Kevin Jones

    Kevin Jones Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2006
    Thanks Joe, as soon as I saw that beautiful piece I thought how well it would fit in your slipjoint collection.
     
  12. Cutromano

    Cutromano

    83
    Jul 23, 2009
    Very, very nice!!!
     
  13. B . Buxton

    B . Buxton

    Jul 8, 2001
    Beautiful, I too like the look of the SS. It defines the damascus more while giving the ivory the rich look it deserves. Its like looking at 2 master pieces in one.

    Bill
     
  14. RogerP

    RogerP Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2002
    Wow, that is stunning - thanks for posting it up here.
     
  15. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    What is being praised here is something I've been noticing for years: damascus is SO rich, that a visual break gives it more balance. In this case the polished bolster.

    I'm alone on this, but when I see a damascus blade AND a damascus guard, I'm not as impressed. Just too busy. Give me some polish to distinguish the areas.

    Coop
     
  16. Kevin Jones

    Kevin Jones Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2006
    Even though I agree for some knives Coop I feel it depends on the particular knife and it's components and embellishments.
    For example, the Michael Ruth piece which won this year's BF Best Bowie would be one where the Damascus guard and blade looks extremely nice together, IMO at least.
     
  17. brownshoe

    brownshoe <img src="http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/images

    Sep 6, 2002
    Sharp, you are not alone. I agree that there can be too much pattern, the eye needs a rest, to appreciate better the complexity of the Damascus.
     
  18. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    ^^^ Exactly. Everyone has a subjective sense about their preferences. I've seriously been considering a thread on this premise. Achieving visual separation and balance, but I don't want to alienate work.

    Ready...? That piece won by a nose. If Mike had polished just the edges of the guard, I'm thinking it would have won by three lengths. LOL!

    That's only me. :p

    Coop
     
  19. Neil Blackwood

    Neil Blackwood

    72
    Jun 29, 2012
    That's a beauty. I love the busy look of the damascus combined with the more calming look of the ivory! :D
     

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