Mosaic damascus bowie and a pair of hunters by Nick Wheeler

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If you wanted to have an instant knife collection you could do a whole lot worse than these three.

First up - a mosaic damascus bowie with stag handle and blued fittings (all photos by Mitch Lum):

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Next a pair of hunters - one damascus, the other carbon steel, one short choil, the other long. Both gorgeous!

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Wish I could say that any of these three were mine. :grumpy:

Roger
 
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Man those are beautiful! I can't think of anything else to say...rare for me.
 
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Hmmmm - That first one looks kinda like laddered "w's" to me. Now how did I know that (grin)? You nailed all of those dead on Nick!
 
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Thanks Roger! Mitch did a great job with these shots...he just keeps getting better.

The first one is a 6.5" of blade. The billet was 8 layers of W's that I twisted, then took it to Bill's to press in a ladder pattern, and then Bill made me real jealous by showing me how his BIG mill can mill off the tops of the billet! :)

I forged it really close to shape, and REALLY distorted the pattern, but that's okay ;) 120 layer twist damascus fittings and Sambar stag.

The hunters- One is 1084 w/600x finish, 416 fittings, and stabilized Eucalyptus burl (from Alpha Knife Supply)

The other is a loose ladder pattern (~300 layers of 1084/15N20), 416 guard, and Ironwood handle. I was very fortunate to be awarded Best Hunter at the BAKCA show in August with this one.

Thanks for looking guys! I really appreciate the kind words!

-Nick-
 

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Looking gooooood!

I really like the damascus hunter. I see the 'pull' on the handle and I like a shorter choil. For all I know, the longer choil may be more effective when you are actually using these regularly, but my eyeballs simply like the ratio better. :cool:

Mitch, you done good. Clean and sharp. :)

Nick, you done good. Clean and sharp. ;)

Coop
 
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awesome work. might be the cleanest little carbon steel hunter ive seen, hats off to ya Nick! GREAT photo work too.
 
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Nick,

Great knives as always. The little carbon hunter stands out in my eye as perhaps the favorite small blade of yours I have seen (outside the "Blademan Special" of course ;) ). Nice blade shape and you nailed the handle.

That bowie could certainly draw attention to itself. A little "loud" for my tastes but a beauty nonetheless.

Not much to say about the damascus hunter other than it kicks ass. I can see how the judges were swayed in their decision.
 
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