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Old 10-03-2015, 12:38 AM
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the 2015 Bowie project

The guy who taught me to forge and make knives is a bowie knife fanatic, and it has rubbed off on me just a little bit, I have a deep appreciation for the early, historic bowies. I've always admired the work of George Woodhead, who made bowies in the 1900's out of Sheffield, so I decided to attempt on based loosely on his work.

The frame handles were quite challenging, considering my usual seax handle philosophy of 'stick a piece of wood on it and call it finished'.... I estimate it took me 40 hours to make both handles.

Blades are 4 bar composites (1084 and 15n20 with w1 edges), copious amounts of brass for the fittings, and paper micarta and Jobillo wood for the handles.

Lengths are 16 1/2" and 17 1/2"...

A good friend told me one time about forging "What is there not to like, you get to break all the rules you were told as a kid, don't play with that it is sharp, don't play with fire, and don't beat on that"
Wade Holloway

See some of my work.
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Those are Great.
A friend did an article on a guy who had done extensive historical research on Bowie and his knives,
then went to all different knife makers and had each knife made as historically correct as possible.

Quite a collection as well as a history lesson of sorts.

Check it here
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