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A gift for my wife

Discussion in 'Buck Knives' started by kossetx, May 17, 2018 at 4:14 PM.

  1. kossetx

    kossetx

    323
    Apr 11, 2017
    Come June we'll be celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary. We live rural much of the year and spend a lot of time outdoors and outdoors on horseback. My wife likes to carry a fixed blade knife while we're out horsing around and I mentioned one day I was going to customize a fixed blade for her. Of course being a woman she had to have wood from a certain tree. The tree she chose is a post oak by the gate of her families old homestead that is approaching 4' in diameter on the trunk. A fabulously massive and very old tree. The land has been in her family since 1872 so there is really a connection there. I really didn't want to go to the place and REALLY didn't want to mess with that old tree. Guess who won.

    When I got there, a limb had broken off and was lying in front of the gate to the old place. It was a massive limb, about 20" in diameter. The second I looked at it I knew I had struck post oak gold. I could see the rips and curls through the bark. I took my saw and cut off a hunk for her knife scales.

    Here are the results. A 113, stabilized post oak burl, buffalo horn and brass spacer, swelled butt and swelled bolster to better fit her hand. I think she's happy. Hell, it's only been 35 years...

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    Next time we're there I'll get a pic of her and the tree.

    Enjoy, Pete
     
  2. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    very nice Sir. you did her right.
     
  3. abbydaddy

    abbydaddy Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 14, 2014
    That is lovely. I really like oak for handle scales.
     
  4. Darkera

    Darkera

    80
    Oct 22, 2016
    Wow, what an impressive piece of wood you selected! And of course impressive workmanship. I'd love to see pictures of the tree and branch, I've never seen post oak in-person and a 4' specimen sounds nice.
     
  5. pjsjr

    pjsjr Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 2, 2005
    To you and your wife, Pete, congratulations on the thirty-five years! That 113's handle is spectacular! Preston
     
  6. 300Bucks

    300Bucks Moderator Moderator

    Apr 19, 2005
    Good eye to find the burl sweet spot. 300Bucks
     
  7. st8yd

    st8yd Gold Member Gold Member

    751
    Mar 6, 2009
    Very nice, I've got a burl from a Live Oak looks just like it.
     
  8. David Martin

    David Martin Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    Congratulations on 35 years of married life and her nice knife. Good work. DM
     
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  9. bertl

    bertl Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 17, 2011
    Nice scales and a good job

    Bert
     
  10. jazzz

    jazzz

    312
    Feb 1, 2009
    Congratulations, sir, and that's gorgeous. She should be happy.
     
  11. Old Hunter

    Old Hunter

    Jul 12, 2012
    Congratulations - terrific gift! OH
     
  12. Xr6x

    Xr6x Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 17, 2015
    Congratulations to you both for 35 years! Absolutely a beautiful job on the scales kossetx I think you knocked it out of the park with that wood :thumbsup:
     
  13. DocT

    DocT

    Mar 25, 2012
    Congrats on the 35 years. That is a very special and beautiful knife since it comes from a tree on the family place. Will she use it now, or will she put it up?
     
  14. kossetx

    kossetx

    323
    Apr 11, 2017
    Thanks for the kind replies folks. I didn't mean it to be about the 35 years but maybe from now on 35th anniversaries will be post oak anniversary? :)

    IME, you can't tell PO from WO they are so similar in structure and grain. If you can your a lot better than I am. I haven't cut a whole lot of WO but I pick it up when I see it cut. PO I cut every week.

    Doc, She'll use it. She's not much for saving anything. I kinda hope she doesn't use it for edc, but it's up to her. She also carries the small Bucklite or a cocobolo 102.

    I'm glad now she chose that tree. Not only from the family place but family land for almost 150 years. I assume when her family moved there Comanches still roamed the area and this tree probably predates Texas Independence by 100 years. It was a good choice but I'm glad that limb had fallen and I did't have to disturb the tree.

    Tapering that bolster was a royal pain but I think it added to the overall look and style.
     
  15. street soldier

    street soldier Gold Member Gold Member

    655
    Feb 21, 2003
    Nice job on the handle. I echo your sentiment that you were able to salvage a piece off of a downed limb instead of having to cut off of the actual tree.
    And congrats on 35 years!

    John
     
  16. Minnesota Man

    Minnesota Man Basic Member Basic Member

    629
    Sep 30, 2014
    Congratulations on the 35 years and the sexy knife scales. Are you considering getting it engraved?
     
  17. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    Congrats .. firstly on the 35 years of marriage ... may you have 35 more ... and a very nice set of scales and a well thought out gift ... :thumbsup: ... I hope your wife enjoys it.
     
  18. DocT

    DocT

    Mar 25, 2012
    We do know a member of this forum whose wife does a dandy job engraving. If you do not already know, message me.
     
  19. mnblade

    mnblade

    Feb 7, 2000
    GORGEOUS knife, and a true family heirloom. May your wife use it in good health for many many years to come!
     
  20. WinchesteRalox

    WinchesteRalox

    163
    Mar 26, 2018
    Congratulations! And that is a very beautiful knife!
     

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