Etched Take-Down fixed blade

Posted January 2nd, 2012 in Knife construction


This is the Take-Down fixed blade with the scales and bolster reassembled after etching. The space behind the handle and bolsters where blocked from the etch by using fingernail polish.IMG_7630

This is a shot of the damascus pattern along the edge of the handle, very affective in contrast to the bolsters and handle material.  If you have any questions about constructions please feel free to ask or comment.

Take-Down full tang

Posted December 24th, 2011 in Knife construction

This is a take-down knife that I am making for a customer.   The blade is damascus that hasn’t been etched or heat treated yet.  I will post pictures when done.

The bolsters are 416 stainless and will be engraved. They are attached with two 0-80 screws and held in alinement with four 1/16 pins.  The handle is interiour mammoth ivory and will be scrimshawed.  They are attached with two 4-40 button head screws.  Using this method the knife can be completed then taken apart and etched so the damascus pattern shows all the way around.  The pieces can also be sent to various artists to be scrimed or engraved.  I will be posting more photo’s later.



Engraved English Folding Dagger

Posted September 1st, 2011 in Engraving

Closeup of engraving
A closeup of the engraving.  When you get this close you can really see the details and mistakes.  At one point I resharpened my graver and didn’t try it before I went back to work on the bolster.  Learned that was a mistake.Completed English Folding Dagger. This is a folder I just finished for a customer. I have been trying different engraving patterns to see what people like and don’t.  Not the traditional scroll, something a little different for an english style folding dagger. It’s something you might see on an old flintlock rifle.  The pattern in the blade just seemed to lend it self to something pointy, not rounded like a scroll.  Please leave a comment on likes and dislikes  Thanks

Customer Custom Folder

Posted July 18th, 2011 in Uncategorized

This is a custom folder that I just completed, thought you might like to see it.IMG_1864The blade is 52100 forged ball bearing steel, bolsters are 1084 & 15n20 in a w’s twist pattern, Handle is Mammoth Tooth, and liners are titanium that is anodized blue. The rear view you can see the pocket clip for a tip up carry and the finger grip grooves in the backbar and blade.IMG_1857

Posted January 9th, 2011 in Al Mar Custom knives
IMG_2878IMG_2874Once again I have been busy prepairing for the Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade show, or S.H.O.T. show as it is called.  It is a dealers only show that all the companys in the trade come to and present there product.  It is held in various places throught the country but will be in Las Vegas this year and for several years to come.    As always I will be attending with Al Mar the knife company, we will set up our booth on the main floor and have many beautiful knives to display.  One new product I have been working on this year is customizing there Eagle Classic folder with Elk antler.  Now this isn’t just any Elk antler, it is sheds from the Elk Song ranch in Oregon.  The top picture shows the donor antlers and the lower photo shows five of the finished knives.  They will be availible through Al Mar exclusivly.   I will be in Vegas for 7 days so be looking for more on the show when I return.  I will try and take lots of photo’s to post so you can get a feel for the show.   There is a larger picture of the five knives on my home page and Featured knife.  Thanks for looking and check back.

Texas Ranger’s Set

Posted December 25th, 2010 in Uncategorized
Knife and Pistol set for Robert Duvall

Knife and Pistol set for Robert Duvall

I was comissioned by the Texas Ranger Ass. to build this knife to be presented to actor Robert Duvall.  It is a thankyou for his support of there organization.  The  knife style is one that you might have seen  a Texas Ranger carry during the 1800’s.  52100 ball bearing is the blade steel. Forged from a roller bearing out of a dragline, it has a stainless guard and Ebony handle with stainless pins. The handle is tapered and the blade has a distal taper to it, so it is quick in the hand.

The pistol was made by Dave Lauck of Gillette Wy. You can see his beautiful work at

Pair of Boot knives

Posted November 28th, 2010 in Engraving
Large California Folder

Large California Folder

Large California Folder
Large California Folder

This project was done for a collector in Texas.

Two folders exactly the same except for the engraving.  I engraved the Fleur-de- Lis on the top folder and David Drake did the fine English scroll on the lower knife.  They have a blade of 52100 bearing steel, 3 1/2″ long, 8 1/2 overall open, bolster, Water Buffalo handles with gold screws, and gold anodized titanium liner that are fully filework in a vine pattern.  The thumb stud is also inlayed with Buffalo horn.
The collector does a lot of bird hunting in the hills of texas and wanted something for protection and backup use.  He had a pair of boots made with a sheath sewn into the top for easy access.

Ivory in School

Posted November 22nd, 2010 in Uncategorized

Recently My Wife and I had the opportunity to go to the Kindergarden and Preschool classes in out small town.  The purpose was to show and explain a little about the prehistoric Wooly Mammoth and the ancient Walrus.  Since I use the tusks form both these animals we where able to take some samples to show.


As you can see the kids where totaly amazed by the size and beauty of the tusk sections.  The tusks of the Mammoth could reach 16 feet long so we had the kids lay out end to end to equal 16 feet.  We also set an alarm to go off in 30 minute which is how long a Walrus can stay under water, and explained that they could swim to a depth of a football field.


Where not sure how much they will remember but you can see from there faces they where delited.  There where lots of hugs as we left, I’m not sure who had more fun, use or them.  The education of our young people is very important and up to us all.

Thanks for looking

First Engraved Knife

Posted August 16th, 2010 in Engraving
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

Posted August 8th, 2010 in Knife construction
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