terraced frame handle and BB damascus.

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  1. john april

    john april

    Feb 27, 2006
    I made a ball bearing damascus billet a few years ago at david lavoie's shop under his instruction. this is the last piece of it. its a small bowie, 6 1/2" blade. the furniture is stainless. the frame is snakewood and the scales interior mammoth ivory. my idea for the grip was to be a frame handle but toward the pommel each layer swept away from the lower layer in a gentle curve, revealing the layers. it makes a set of steps or terraces when viewed from the side. the guard is soldered. leather sheath with a caiman face. (a small type of alligator). it was a fun challenge piece that required a lot of time and fiddling around and so please forgive my overindulgence as i post post both the wonderful sharp by coop photos and my own pics. thanks for looking ! john

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  2. J. Doyle

    J. Doyle Bladesmith/Knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 17, 2008
    Pretty unique John. I like it.
     
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  3. Scott Hanson

    Scott Hanson Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 6, 2014
    Wow! Gorgeous knife John, everything about this knife is perfect.
     
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  4. Dawkind

    Dawkind Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    VERY impressive buddy!!!!!!!!! I can only imagine the time you have in that badboy.....WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You're stepping your game up so high it's going to be tough to keep up to yourself.... :D
     
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  5. Richard338

    Richard338 Gold Member Gold Member

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    May 3, 2005
    Very interesting handle design. Nicely done.
    Also very daring (to put your photos beside Coop's)!
     
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  6. Josh Rider

    Josh Rider Stuff maker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 2, 2014
    Wow John! That’s my favorite piece I’ve seen from you yet. Absolutely love the snakewood frame. Really beautiful!
     
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  7. lmbhami

    lmbhami

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    Aug 20, 2008
    Beautiful work John
     
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  8. bwlacey

    bwlacey Platinum Member Platinum Member

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    Nov 12, 2013
    Wonderful work, as always, John!
     
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  9. john april

    john april

    Feb 27, 2006
    thank you all !
     
  10. PaulDiStefano

    PaulDiStefano KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

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    Nov 14, 2016
    That’s dope John. That’s a Beautiful high end piece for sure!
     
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  11. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    Simply superb! Very artistic.
     
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  12. AVigil

    AVigil Adam Vigil knifemaker working the grind Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    That is drop dead awesome.

    I love coffin handles on Bowies and you hit all the right notes.
     
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  13. i4Marc

    i4Marc

    Oct 19, 2011
    Great work, John. Always nice to see new approaches.
     
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  14. TK Steingass

    TK Steingass Knifemaker - Buckeye Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 16, 2010
    wonderful work John - great artistic direction :thumbsup:
     
  15. Dusty One

    Dusty One Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 12, 2004
    A Real Beauty !!!!
     
  16. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    I loved capturing this. I have seen a LOT of Bowies, and I really enjoy when someone bring something NEW to the project.

    This was a fresh idea and the quality was exemplary. (As you would imagine, and you can see.)

    Thank you John!
     
  17. Hengelo_77

    Hengelo_77 Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    cool handle construction
     
  18. Matthew Gregory

    Matthew Gregory Chief Executive in charge of Entertainment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 12, 2005
    Very crafty, buddy. Lots of tricky tricks going on here.
     

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