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Bowie in the works. Photo heavy

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27 March 2011, 20:49
D Humbarger
Bowie in the works. Photo heavy
Here is my first bowie. The blade is from ATS34 10 3/4" long & 2" wide. The guard i made from a billet of twist damascus that Custom Knifemaker Tim Potier forged for me. I still have to sand the guard down to 400 grit. Then I'll acid dip it to bring the twist out. The scales are ebony to keep things "classic" The HT oven that i will be useing isn't deep enough so i am forced to make the hilt in two sections. I still have to shorten the hilt & mill a male dovetail. Then after the HT I'll silver solder the two halves together.







Doug Humbarger
NRA Life member
Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club 72'73.
Yankee Station

Try to look unimportant. Your enemy might be low on ammo.
27 March 2011, 23:44
richj
Very nice work
29 March 2011, 20:20
mete
I'd rather make it one piece even if it had to be sent out for HT. If you solder after HT you have to the low temperature silver solder [ 95Sn-5Ag] and use flux made specifically for stainless steel. The solder melts at about 400 F.
ATS-34 is a nice choice for blades .
BTW the original bowie knife was never a fighting knife as most assume . It was only a heavy duty hunting and camping knife.There is documentation for this.
29 March 2011, 21:21
degoins
Man that is nice!!! I particularly like the hilt.


DRSS
29 March 2011, 23:05
D Humbarger
quote:
BTW the original bowie knife was never a fighting knife as most assume . It was only a heavy duty hunting and camping knife.There is documentation for this.



Yep the original was nothing more than a big butcher knife with a thicker blade.

(I'd rather make it one piece even if it had to be sent out for HT.)

I know. Hindsight is always 20/20. I make a lot of extra work for myself.


I am also considering tig welding the prommel in place. also the dovetail will be a tight mechanical joint.



Doug Humbarger
NRA Life member
Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club 72'73.
Yankee Station

Try to look unimportant. Your enemy might be low on ammo.