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Raymond Richard
03-19-2010, 10:41 AM
Pretty sure I mentioned getting off track from the BHD project. Here's what I've been fiddling with for the last couple weeks. John Cohea and I decided to do some bartering for the sheath work he did for me over the last several months. John mentioned how much he liked my forge finished knives so I went with that. I think after today I'll get things even more refined. Here's a few photo's I've been taking along the way.

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2134.JPG

Not much going on in this photo. Tang has been forged and next step is to forge the preform.

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2136.JPG

Here's the preform that has a little distal tapper added. The bar of steel to the right is the exact size I started with.

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2138.JPG

Started forging a bevel on half of the blade in this photo. Just a wee bit of distortion after doing that. :D

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2140.JPG

Both bevels are started now. Hammering the bevel on the opposite side had pretty much taken the bend out.

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2144.JPG

Blade has been heat treated and I just got the pieces together that will make the dagger if that is what it is. Its pretty large now. Maybe a fuzz under 20" right now. :D

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2147.JPG

A little more refined now but still pretty chunky.

Eli Gautreaux
03-19-2010, 05:27 PM
Oh Ray, I'm sure excited about this one. Looking good!

John M Cohea
03-19-2010, 06:02 PM
Holy smokes Ray! That thing is AWESOME so far!!!!!!!!!!!!I'm REALLY excited about this one!

LR Adkins
03-19-2010, 08:05 PM
Ray, you make all that look easy and we know it isn't. That's looking like a mighty fine piece . Thanks for the pictures.

Larry

Mike Barton
03-19-2010, 08:17 PM
Ray,

I'm loving that big blade and handle configuration 2thumbs

I can hardly wait to see how the Cohea Toothpick turns out :D

Peter Killgore
03-19-2010, 08:56 PM
Wow! That is looking beautiful.

I'm excited to see how this one turns our just like everyone else.

Raymond Richard
03-19-2010, 08:59 PM
I'm calling it a day. I should have it ready to epoxy tomorrow. I ended up having to make a jig so I could make the "C" guard. First time I have tried doing this style guard.

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2152.JPG

mofretwell
03-19-2010, 11:45 PM
Ohh, I like it. I'm sure glad you are turning out a few daggers for us to see. And the forge finish is just awesome.

Eli Gautreaux
03-20-2010, 06:15 AM
Awesome! I love the guard, it's perfect for this knife!!

Did you say how long the blade turned out?

Raymond Richard
03-20-2010, 07:40 AM
Awesome! I love the guard, it's perfect for this knife!!

Did you say how long the blade turned out?

Eli, I might have but you weren't listening again. :D 13 1/2" and its 19 1/2" overall. As usual its a little over kill.

Peter Killgore
03-21-2010, 07:40 PM
I can't decide whether it's a little overkill for a big dagger or a little under kill for a small sword. :D Which ever it is, it sure does look nice!

Raymond Richard
03-22-2010, 12:13 PM
I can't decide whether it's a little overkill for a big dagger or a little under kill for a small sword. :D Which ever it is, it sure does look nice!

Peter, Its a dagger, I think. :D Just on the larger side.

I did get a little side tracked and forged another smaller dagger blade Friday or Saturday. I just can't go to long without lighting up the forge and playing.

No promises but you should be seeing a completed thing here shortly. :bud:

Raymond Richard
03-22-2010, 02:36 PM
Almost complete. Just got started on getting epoxied. Blade ended up at 13 1/4". Overall its 19 3/8". Iron guard with wrought iron spacer and butt cap. Ebony handle. I didn't even think of trying to change the color of the ebony. :D

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2153.JPG

I had to remodel my light box. My 3 legged cat Tripod must have jumped on the lid while it was exploring. Its something that needed to be fixed anyway.

Eli Gautreaux
03-22-2010, 03:54 PM
I LOVE it Ray!

John M Cohea
03-22-2010, 05:27 PM
I love it as well Ray and will be even more exciited when I get to see it in person!!What are you naming this one, Golliath's Boot Dagger:D!!I've already got it in my head what I will be doing for a sheath, if I can pull it off!

Raymond Richard
03-22-2010, 06:31 PM
I love it as well Ray and will be even more exciited when I get to see it in person!!What are you naming this one, Golliath's Boot Dagger:D!!I've already got it in my head what I will be doing for a sheath, if I can pull it off!

John, I figured you'd already have an idea for a sheath. As far as the name goes its up to you. Marvin who does my website names my knives if I don't already have a name picked out. I think you'd find this one pretty uncomfortable in a boot. :D

Peter Killgore
03-22-2010, 08:46 PM
bouncewow1 That's really all there is to say!

mofretwell
03-23-2010, 12:34 AM
Spectacular! I can just imagine some ancient Roman soldier wearing a war dagger like this one on his belt.

Are you planning to take this knife to the Oregon Knife Collectors' Association show in Eugene next month?

Can't wait to see its little brother.

Raymond Richard
03-23-2010, 09:54 AM
Spectacular! I can just imagine some ancient Roman soldier wearing a war dagger like this one on his belt.

Are you planning to take this knife to the Oregon Knife Collectors' Association show in Eugene next month?

Can't wait to see its little brother.

Marvin, I'm sending it off on the 5th of April to John. I'll have plenty of toys at the show and still have time to make something new.

LR Adkins
03-23-2010, 11:11 AM
No surprises here, another spectacular knife by Raymond Richard. Ray I love that dagger. The forged blade, wrought iron fittings, and the handle flow together to make a beautiful vintage looking knife. Great work.

Larry

Raymond Richard
03-23-2010, 12:04 PM
No surprises here, another spectacular knife by Raymond Richard. Ray I love that dagger. The forged blade, wrought iron fittings, and the handle flow together to make a beautiful vintage looking knife. Great work.

Larry

Larry, Glad you like it! It was a learning experience. When John told me he wanted a forged finish that really perked my interest. John is excited about it and that's the most important thing. I got it 100% this morning and took a few more pictures. I stopped by the Dollar Store on the way home from church Sunday in the hopes of finding a new back ground for knife photo's. The place mat was the best I could find. :D The price was right.

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2157.JPG

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2161.JPG

JAWilliams
03-23-2010, 11:06 PM
Look great. Ray is there a certain way you did the blade to keep it even on both sides or just by eye?

Raymond Richard
03-23-2010, 11:15 PM
Look great. Ray is there a certain way you did the blade to keep it even on both sides or just by eye?

Its all eyeball work. When I start forging the bevels I don't try and do them totally all at one time. The key is keeping everything as even as possible. Lots of practice. Not sure exactly when the video from Hammerjamin will be available but I really think it will be a good tool for someone interested in learning how to hand forge.

JAWilliams
03-24-2010, 12:56 PM
Ray that is amazing. Hope one day to be able to do that.

Dusty One
03-30-2010, 11:28 AM
Another Beauty............

Lorien
03-30-2010, 09:50 PM
I like everything about this knife.
It's just about as perfect a dagger I have seen.
It's got that 'fetishistic' aura about it which makes daggers so intriguing to me.
Ritualistic, the making of daggers is.