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Big Ole' Bowie {Sheath finished up!}

Discussion in 'Knife Maker's Gallery' started by BenR.T., May 3, 2012.

  1. BenR.T.

    BenR.T. Tanto grinder & High performance blade peddler Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 18, 2011
    First off the pictures are not up to my standards, but there was no way to fit this big guy in my light box!
    This is the second hidden tang knife I have ever done, and I really wanted to push myself. It has a bunch of features I have never tried before.
    It has a crested spine that transitions into to the clip. The handle is dyed elk antler, and all the fittings are blued mild steel. I tried an etched and 1000grit hand rubbed finish. I also made a matching frog (another first) for the sheath and am waiting on some snake skin to complete the sheath.
    It is not perfect, but I learned a lot along the way.
    OAL is 19.5", the blade is 13.75" of 5160.
    Any and all comments and critiques are welcome!
    Thanks for looking.

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  2. ChrisB507

    ChrisB507

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    Mar 29, 2005
    Wow, that's gorgeous. And gigantic! Love the look of the guard....
     
  3. Cody Hofsommer

    Cody Hofsommer

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    Dec 2, 2011
    That whole thing is pretty cool, but I think that my favorite thing is the combo of texture and polish on the butt cap. Your guard fit looks spot on from here too! Good work!
     
  4. AKC

    AKC Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 10, 2010
    Outstanding! Fit and finish look top quality! Can't wait to see the whole package!
     
  5. Mossyhorn

    Mossyhorn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    That's a bad ass Bowie. I really like what you did with the fittings....superb job.
     
  6. BenR.T.

    BenR.T. Tanto grinder & High performance blade peddler Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 18, 2011
    Thanks for the kind words fellas!!
     
  7. Bodiebill

    Bodiebill

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    Nov 17, 2005
    Have you made a blade similar to the Strider RW3--Richard Marcinko VN knife?
    Thanks
    Bodiebill
     
  8. BenR.T.

    BenR.T. Tanto grinder & High performance blade peddler Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 18, 2011
    No I haven't, but you can shoot me an email if you are interested in a quote.
     
  9. Hengelo_77

    Hengelo_77 Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    very nice!
    I like how you put efford in the details
     
  10. Dago Red

    Dago Red

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    Jun 16, 2008
    That's gorgeous, obviously a lot of time spent on things but it pulls it off in an understated way. I love the color of that antler and the hammer finish work.

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  11. Mark Behnke

    Mark Behnke

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    Apr 16, 2008
    Great classic bowie, I like the simplicity of design and as Hengelo said, the details show your skill.

    How did you attach the butt plate? The elk handle really puts it into the 1800's.

    Can't wait to see the sheath.
     
  12. BenR.T.

    BenR.T. Tanto grinder & High performance blade peddler Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 18, 2011
    Thanks Mark. Theknife is threaded together on the inside. I threaded the tang, cut a step inside the antler, and tightened it all together with a nut.I then filled the whole thing with West systems G-flex epoxy. The pommel has a mini "tang" about an inch long that extends down into the handle and is secured via the epoxy.
    A lot of work goes into the stuff you can't see, but in the end it makes for a stronger knife I think.
     
  13. jll346

    jll346 Knife maker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2006
    WOW that is a seriously awesome knife. Beautiful work!!
     
  14. rustyrazor

    rustyrazor KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 13, 2011
    puts me in mind of the "unforgiven" bowie... one of my favorite knives. love it!
     
  15. White Feather Blades

    White Feather Blades KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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    Jan 9, 2011
    Lookin real nice Ben! True craftsmanship!
     
  16. Josh Mason

    Josh Mason KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 15, 2011
    My favorite from you. This is outstanding work!
     
  17. Dago Red

    Dago Red

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    Jun 16, 2008
    Man this is the kind of knife that could make me spend stupid money (money I don't have that my wife would find out about and kill me, with my fancy new knife). Just absolute beautiful I had to say it again. My boss really needs to pay me more so I can buy this :D

    Red
     
  18. BenR.T.

    BenR.T. Tanto grinder & High performance blade peddler Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 18, 2011
    Thanks Dago, It'll be bargain priced for its size!! Just wait till you see the sheath, I got something special in store. ;)
     
  19. BenR.T.

    BenR.T. Tanto grinder & High performance blade peddler Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 18, 2011
    Alright boys and girls, here it is all wrapped up! I am definitely not Paul Long, but I think it came out alright.
    This knife and sheath are basically all firsts for me, and I am pleased how they came out.
    As tedious as hand stitching this monster was; I take pride in my knives being 100% sole authorship and that includes doing sheath work.

    Let me know what you guys think, don't worry I can take it! ;)

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  20. Mark Behnke

    Mark Behnke

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    Apr 16, 2008
    Wow Ben that's great, I really like leather work myself ,very relaxing for me.

    Your stitching looks great, nice and even, how did you punch your holes?
     

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