LWT (Lum-Walton Tanto) in blackwood *COOP SHOTS ADDED*

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  1. Matthew Gregory

    Matthew Gregory Chief Executive in charge of Entertainment

    Jan 12, 2005
    Last winter, my friend and fellow BF member Mike Walton aka @Mike157 came to visit so that he could make a knife he had designed, inspired by the work of famed maker Bob Lum. You can read about it in the thread he created on it here.

    Our original plan was to make one each, but when we discussed the scope of the endeavor, we decided it would be prudent to focus on his, and I'd finish mine later.

    This morning I put the final touches on my iteration, based on his profile and in keeping with his intended theme of a sleek, elegant knife with clean lines, austere appointments, and a focus on the details, but with some twists that I hope demonstrate the flexibility of this form.


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    This one, like his, was made with .170” thick Crucible CPM154.

    The tang is skeletonized as well as tapered, and the flat ground blade features a full distal taper. The spine has been rounded and mirror polished, and the flats are finished with a smooth satin to offer an understated contrast to the spine.

    The rebated scales of African Blackwood have been polished to a mirror shine, and taper slightly in reverse of the tang (meaning that they're slightly thicker at the butt and thin towards the front), but have a delicate bulge in the center to provide for a subtle but improved grip. The scales are affixed with an industrial adhesive and are mechanically fastened with hidden pins.

    10-1/2” OAL, 5-1/4” blade


    My bride is currently working on a great slip sheath for it, and then it will head on its way to my favorite professional knife photographer so that he can get some REAL shots of the details.


    Thanks for looking!
     
  2. Richard338

    Richard338 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 3, 2005
    Very nice. Love the ultra clean look.
    Austere appointments? You may have missed your calling if you're not in sales...
     
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  3. R APPLEBY

    R APPLEBY KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 11, 2003
    Great style Mat, a real beauty:thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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  4. Daniel Fairly Knives

    Daniel Fairly Knives Full Time Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 9, 2011
    Looks awesome, I really like the shadowboxed scales.
     
  5. Steven65

    Steven65 Traditional Hog Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2008
    Loverly clean work Matt. Very elegant.:)
     
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  6. Mike157

    Mike157 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 29, 2006
    Such a clean and elegant knife. The swept plunge, gorgeous shaped scales, and really fine finish make for a treasure to be passed down for generations.
     
  7. Dawkind

    Dawkind Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    Absolutely incredible work my friend....surgically clean and precise. :)
     
  8. john april

    john april KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 27, 2006
    refreshingly minimalistic :thumbsup:
     
  9. Scott Hanson

    Scott Hanson Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 6, 2014
    Very nice knife, also nice for a change getting to work on something with a friend.
     
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  10. RayseM

    RayseM Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    That one would make perfect company with other of the MoMA Collection :thumbsup:
    Lovely, Matt!
     
  11. Wharn

    Wharn Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2011
    Wow that’s fantastic.
     
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  12. Matthew Gregory

    Matthew Gregory Chief Executive in charge of Entertainment

    Jan 12, 2005
    Thanks, gang!

    Just got the photos back from @SharpByCoop

    The deerskin lined-slip sheath my bride made tops my work, I think. Really elevates this piece.


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    ...think this was only the fifth sheath she's ever made. :)
     
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  13. RayseM

    RayseM Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    Magnificent - YES the sheath elevates the already in the clouds knife. What a sweet combo!!!
    Very very nicely done Matt & Jill. :thumbsup:
     
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  14. Robert Erickson

    Robert Erickson KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 2, 2014
    Sweet blade Matt!
     
  15. Josh Rider

    Josh Rider Stuff maker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 2, 2014
    Such a clean looking knife and a really neat, creative sheath. You guys definitely compliment each other.
     
  16. Matthew Gregory

    Matthew Gregory Chief Executive in charge of Entertainment

    Jan 12, 2005
    Thanks, everyone!
     
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  17. Dawkind

    Dawkind Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    You two did a marvelous job on the k ice and sheath....Coop accentuated things beautifully. :cool:

    I spoke to an individual last evening that was overwhelmed with its presence...;)
     
  18. rover

    rover

    Jul 9, 2004
    Nice sheath holder ;)
     
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  19. sheathmaker

    sheathmaker Custom Leather Sheaths Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 18, 2005
    Really fine knife.........BUT, I expect that from you so no big deal.

    On the other hand, the sheath really does compliment the knife

    and really shows design talent and one hell of a fine dye job!!!~
     
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  20. Dusty One

    Dusty One Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 12, 2004
    Very Unique....Beautiful work !!
     
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