My Knives #14 Bowie Fighter
Hello dear Stemians,
after a long long time, your favourite Doc is back with new beauty from the knifeshop.
This little beauty was a long time coming. I've started working on it in March, of course, it was not the only project I was working on but it's still way too long from start to finish.
She's been lurking in my shop trying to get my attention for months, you should have seen the smile on her face when she realized it's finally her turn.
Yeah, yeah, I'm overdoing it with this knives are girls. So what? They are my girls and I love them and they love me - so just stuff it!
Well, she's finally done so it's time to present her to the public. First the stats, then the progress pics and a gallery with a couple of nicer ones at the end.
blade - 1095 with differential heatreatment and acid etched hamon
guard - piece of an old file (over 100 YO)
handle - Ipe with a stainless steel pin
length: 250mm / AO 385mm
It all started as a 50 cm steel bar
After cutting it out and profiling it on the grinder, I've done a small bevel before the heat treatment. Here's before and after HT
Rought grind at 40 grit with the first apperance of the hamon
Done on the grinder - I've took her to 600 grit
Squaering the shoulders and fitting the gard and a block of Ipe for the handle
Pre-final etch and my little helper
A lot of assembly and dissasembly untill the handle looks and feels right
Smoke for the dramatic effect before the final gallery
Thanks for stopping by! If you have anything to say or you wanna ask a Q or 2, just drop a comment below and I'll do my best to fill your need(s)...