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    Bowie style knife

    I made this for my father in 1960 and Marvs post on renaissance wax has prompted me to unearth it and clean it up a bit. It is made from a sidecar leaf spring with aluminium bolster and pommel, the handle is made of copper/brass and fibre discs, I also experimented with acid etching which did not turn out that well. It was made in a garden shed with hand tools only and a carpenters vice, I had quite a time doing this in secret before presenting it to him as a birthday present.
    It is 12 inches overall and was intended as a decorative piece as I had no means of heat treatment at the time.
    He was very pleased with it as he loved all things American and had at the time an Indian and a Harley Davidson.
    Time to get some of that wax.
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    Last edited by olderdan; 09-15-2017 at 10:00 AM. Reason: spelling

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    True masterpiece. Especially considering use of hand tools only. Does it require permit to carry it.
    Thanks for sharing.
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    Knife

    Hey Dan,

    That is rather stunning.

    Bill

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    Very beautiful work!

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    Thanks olderdan! We've added your Bowie Knife to our Knife Making category,
    as well as to your builder page: olderdan's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:




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    Nothing wrong with that Dan, bet your dad was proud of it
    Comments are always welcome

    Doug

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    thanks for the comment,
    In the UK the largest knife that can be carried in public is a 3 inch folding pocket type, and if stopped you will need a reason for having it.

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    This piece of art is truly a gifted item You are blessed in many ways. There are blacksmiths (like myself) out there who cannot accomplish your talent
    even with expensive equipment.
    AL

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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    This piece of art is truly a gifted item You are blessed in many ways. There are blacksmiths (like myself) out there who cannot accomplish your talent
    even with expensive equipment.
    AL
    Many thanks thats a real pat on the back, I have always enjoyed handwork as much as machining.

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    Wow, that is truly a beautiful knife. I don't generally care for them, as I prefer multi-tools, but yours really caught my eye!

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