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Old 12-09-2012, 07:14 PM   #3961
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Anyone got a good recommendation on a budget ($25-$35) mid length (sub-bowie) fixed blade? Seems to be the one thing missing in my kit.

Buck 119, around $44.
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:58 PM   #3962
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Smithy knife psychophant checking in.



Looks like it would fit just right, grip looks custom made to grasp, smooth and clean but perhaps just a bit of grease to keep the friction down!



































The knife is pretty bad ass to!
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:48 PM   #3963
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Finally got a decent wax clone of my master carving, which I'll prep this week for casting in bronze:




Trying to replicate this for a customer (original Roman Parazonium, British Museum I think):





There are some style differences in the grip, I chose a more "feathered" motif, over the "leaves" of the original, but it evokes the original's feel without being a total forgery. Getting the wax clone has been the hardest part of this whole thing, vexing me for months now. 3rd silicone rubber mold finally worked well enough, with few enough flaws to either manage in the wax, or chalk up to historical imperfections being on par with my work. The quality of my injection wax is not where I'd like it, so I need to research that a little more if I'm going to make more of these. I've been chasing the recipe around looking for the right combination of surface smoothness and durability, with a softness that allows for the contraction on cooling without letting go too easy while still in the original-size mold. Air bubbles are the worst little demons, but I have most of them licked, I think.

Sure wish I had a better grasp of how they did it 2,000 years ago. Soapstone works for some things, but I'm not sure it would have worked for this piece.
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:21 AM   #3964
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Very nice Smithy, cant wait to see the finished knife.
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:55 AM   #3965
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Looks like it would fit just right, grip looks custom made to grasp, smooth and clean but perhaps just a bit of grease to keep the friction down!



































The knife is pretty bad ass to!
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:15 AM   #3966
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Anyone got a good recommendation on a budget ($25-$35) mid length (sub-bowie) fixed blade? Seems to be the one thing missing in my kit.
Look at Condor. http://www.dlttrading.com/condor-knife-tool.html

Or two carbon steel Marttiini's.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:48 AM   #3967
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Nice.
Elk bone and water buffalo horn handle.

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Looks like it would fit just right, grip looks custom made to grasp, smooth and clean but perhaps just a bit of grease to keep the friction down!

The knife is pretty bad ass to!
Exfoliation is key.

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Old 12-10-2012, 07:51 AM   #3968
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Very nice Smithy, cant wait to see the finished knife.
Will you also make a scabbard? What will it look like?
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:54 AM   #3969
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Anyone got a good recommendation on a budget ($25-$35) mid length (sub-bowie) fixed blade? Seems to be the one thing missing in my kit.
Schrade may fit the bill.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:57 AM   #3970
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Will you also make a scabbard? What will it look like?

The waxes are sitting on it. Spanish cedar, with some relief carving on the top, not done yet... but you can see where it's going.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:58 AM   #3971
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Spanish cedar
You too good for A'murkin Cedar?

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Old 12-10-2012, 09:26 AM   #3972
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You too good for A'murkin Cedar?


History, man, history. This is Rome we're talking about. Aromatic PNW cedar is an awesome thing, but not appropriate to the job.

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Old 12-10-2012, 10:07 AM   #3973
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This looks like a great edc. What are the dimensions? I like a small, pocket fixed blade sometimes, but most of the ones I've tried have had lots of belly but not a fine enough point.
I don't remember exactly (it's been sold) but around 7" LOA probably. I suspect it is a little too deep to make a good daily carry unless you're in the business of preparing game on a regular basis. The great thing about that design is it's really comfortable to choke up on and use your index finger on top of the blade. You get excellent control that way.


This is my first attempt at designing my own daily carry.


3/16" O1 steel, heat treated with an O/A torch and a dip in old motorcycle oil, triple tempered in a toaster oven. Stock removal, not forged. The blade is too thick on this one and even though the blade shape is one I find very pleasing, I think it has too much belly for everyday tasks. I made a second one out of 1/8" stock that performs much better. It was a gift to my brother and he's gotten a lot of use out of it.

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Old 12-10-2012, 01:49 PM   #3974
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I'm really impressed with your sculpting.

Even with an original right in front of me, I wouldn't know where to begin.
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:07 PM   #3975
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I'm really impressed with your sculpting.

Even with an original right in front of me, I wouldn't know where to begin.

Thanks. I think I need to do more of this, as this was my entry into three-dimensional carving. All I had was that one museum picture to go off of, and while there are stark differences, I think the part near the blade, and the eagle's head, are just about as good as can be, given the reference. I didn't know I could carve like that before I did this one, and maybe it's beginner's luck.

We shall see.
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