Archive for August, 2010

First Engraved Knife

Monday, August 16th, 2010
First Engraved Large Nomad

First Engraved Large Nomad

This is the Large Nomad with the pattern engraved onto the blade.  The backround has been removed on the front of the bolster but the rear has not. It is a long and pain staking process to relieve the backround but the end result is well worth it.

Engraving complete

Engraving completeThis is a closeup of the completed bolster. The engraving must style must fit the knife design. The Nomad was a perfect fit for the Thistle leaves. Nomad Total Package

The completed knife.  My first engraving project
Large Nomad fixed blade
Blade: 52100
Bolsters: 416 stainless 
Engraved by Kirk Rexroat
Handle: Desert Ironwood Burl
Tapered tang and Dovetailed bolster

“Lightning Strike” Bowie Complete

Sunday, August 8th, 2010
Lightning Strike Bowie

Lightning Strike Bowie

Quite a few hours have gone into the finish sanding, etching, and assembly to get from the final picture in the last post to the finished knife.  This knife will be going to San Antonio for the ABS all forged blade Expo.  I hope to see many of you there.  This Bowie is for sale so if you are interested please let me know.  Any comments are welcome.


 A little about the Bowie

Blade: 7″ mosaic buffalo center with firestorm wrap.  13″ overall length

Guard, Butt cap, and ferrals: Firestorm with filework

Spacers: Gold anodized titanium

Handle: Walrus Ivory

Lightning Strike

Friday, August 6th, 2010
Lightning Strike Bowie

Waterjet cut buffalo and tube
Waterjet cut buffalo and tube

The Buffalo where waterjet cut from High carbon steel and stacked inside a 4″ piece of 1/4″ wall square tube, Nickel powder was them poured into the tube and caps where welded on the ends.

1 1/2" square buffalo mosaic

1 1/2" square buffalo mosaicThe tube was welded in the forge with great care not to distort the image inside. The square in this photo is aproximatly 1 1/2" square down from the 4" original size. Tiles where cut and incased in a frame work that was arc welded all the way around so no oxygen could get in. The piece was them dry welded but only hit from the ends to weld the tiles to each other. The incasing frame was then cut away from the tiles. A successful weld and the frame is cut away from the tiles.Center core and wrap pieces

The tiles where ground to the shape that I wanted the bowie to be.  I then forged a w’s twist to 3/8″ that will become the wrap around the buffalo.  The top will represent lightning and the bottom prairie grass.

Ready to weld

Ready to weldThe wrap pieces where formed around the shape of the buffalo tiles and everything was surface ground and incased in another frame.Installing cover

The cover was installed, then arc welded all the way around. Note the bolt threaded into the cover.  This was removed and the billet was soaked in diesel, then the bolt was put back in before putting it into the forge for dry  welding.
Successful weld
Successful weld

This is how it looks after welding.  Nice and clean and perfect welds.  Though it is alot of work I think it gives a super strong weld.  The frame had to be band sawed away from the blade and ground to shape.

Finished blade
Finished blade

A closeup of the finished blade after welding.  It was cleaned up a little and a light etch was applied.

Many pieces of the Bowie
Many pieces of the Bowie

I miss a lot of steps here but this is the pieces that will make up the Lightning Strike Bowie.  All w’s twist damascus fitting, some gold anodized titanium spacers and a Walrus ivory handle.

Assembled and roughed in
Assembled and roughed in

Here it is assembled, the blade needs etched and the ferrals need fileworked and etched.  I will be finishing it up in the next couple day and will post a photo of the completed Bowie.  I will be taking it to the ABS show in San Antonio TX in a couple week.

I would love to hear anyones comments on the bowie and the proccess.  Also if you have any questions about how to or construction please comment on the Blog.   Thanks for stopping by