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Raymond Richard
04-28-2010, 12:10 PM
This bowie blade has been kicking around for a couple years now. I have since changed the upper profile on the blade twice. The first time I did it I sent the blade off to Tai. This was going to be a collaboration but Tai spotted a problem with the blade. Who ever ground it got the false edges wrong so he sent it back to the maker. I think its corrected now. Hopefully it will warm up and I can start working on the guard for the bowie but in the mean time I started forging another small dagger blade. Here's a few pictures of what I'm up to.

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2278.JPG

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2279.JPG

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2280.JPG

Mark Behnke
04-28-2010, 02:31 PM
Interesting proportions on the bowie, and I love daggers.
Staying tuned

Raymond Richard
04-28-2010, 03:22 PM
I've got the dagger blade pretty much forged now. Also a long piece of wagon wheel slotted and ready to be turned into a guard.

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2285.JPG

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2287.JPG

mitch13
04-28-2010, 06:09 PM
Nice.
It will be interesting to see that bowie finished.
Thanks for sharing.
mitch

Raymond Richard
04-28-2010, 10:43 PM
Here's where I stopped tonight.

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2290.JPG

Peter Killgore
04-28-2010, 11:23 PM
Lookin' good as always!

mofretwell
04-29-2010, 11:33 AM
Wow!! Another beauty, Ray. I love the Arkansas Toothpick look. This one is really cool. And I like the long S-guard. This should really look good finished.

(I'm in Canada now. Set up in the RV park last night. Have to inflate my pontoon boat this morning, and get out and try for a few fish.)

Eli Gautreaux
04-29-2010, 04:39 PM
Hey Ray!

I'm glad to see that bowie coming along, andwith stag and maybe even a big s-guard??? Cool blade shape too. I'm excited to see this one completed.

Raymond Richard
04-29-2010, 05:08 PM
Here's a couple shots after I did more work on the guard. Now I just have the finish work to do.

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2293.JPG

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2298.JPG

Eli Gautreaux
04-29-2010, 09:33 PM
Looking GREAT!

JAWilliams
04-29-2010, 10:57 PM
Ray everytime I look it is something amazing.

KB1SYV
04-29-2010, 11:01 PM
Ray, that is a gorgeous knife!!! Is that a wrought iron guard you made? That is just out of my league!

Jeff

Raymond Richard
04-29-2010, 11:35 PM
Ray, that is a gorgeous knife!!! Is that a wrought iron guard you made? That is just out of my league!

Jeff

Jeff, Yes, the guard is made from one piece of wrought iron from an old wagon wheel.

Peter Killgore
04-29-2010, 11:38 PM
That is just looking better and better!

mitch13
04-29-2010, 11:38 PM
Here's a couple shots after I did more work on the guard. Now I just have the finish work to do.

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2293.JPG

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2298.JPG

Ray2thumbs
I really like the flow of it.
mitch

Raymond Richard
04-30-2010, 01:27 PM
That is just looking better and better!

Peter, That's the idea. Its almost there.

First time I tried a guard like this. Little more time consuming and more difficult to work on than the two piece configuration I use for an S guards. I had to rethink new ways for me to do this one.

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2299.JPG

One thing I always do is hang the knife up and just look at the profile.

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2301.JPG

I just need to hand rub and etch the blades one more time and etch the fittings. I finally got the stag to pick up some color. 4th or 5th time trying that.

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2302.JPG

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2303.JPG

Mark Behnke
04-30-2010, 03:42 PM
Looks great,

I like the way the blade draws your eye to the guard, ricasso area.
I see two pins at the but cap could you explain those? or show a pic.

Thanks

Bruce Barnett
04-30-2010, 05:51 PM
Luuuuuuuv that profile hanging there mate.

Cheers Bruce

Raymond Richard
04-30-2010, 05:53 PM
Looks great,

I like the way the blade draws your eye to the guard, ricasso area.
I see two pins at the but cap could you explain those? or show a pic.

Thanks

Mark, Here's a picture that will help explain whats going on. Both tangs are threaded and the butt cap acts as a large washer. This allows me to take the knife apart as many times as I need to while working on the knife. After I have the handle epoxied and cured I'll remove the nuts. Grind off most the tangs and then peen them.

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2300.JPG

I need to let the handle cure for a couple weeks before I finish off this knife.
This is what it looks like now.

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2310.JPG

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2313.JPG

Denny Eller
04-30-2010, 06:32 PM
3 or 4 more tries and you're going to have this knife making stuff down pat. Wow, Cap'n, you've hit it out of the park again with this one. I will have one of your creations some day, if it's the second to the last thing I ever do.

LR Adkins
04-30-2010, 06:52 PM
Ray, that is a beauty. I love the blade shape and the way you put the butt cap on is cool. As usual, great work.

Larry

Eli Gautreaux
04-30-2010, 07:28 PM
Ray, what are the specs on this one? Looks like a 9" blade ???

Raymond Richard
04-30-2010, 08:29 PM
Ray, what are the specs on this one? Looks like a 9" blade ???

Eli, The blade is 9 3/4", 14 3/4" overall. The blade is W-5, pretty similar to 52100. The handle is sambar stag with a dye job.

Lorien
04-30-2010, 10:58 PM
wow, that's such an awesome looking knife.winner2

mitch13
05-01-2010, 01:47 AM
Ray great job mate.
Thanks for the progress pics.
mitch

One
05-01-2010, 07:31 AM
Great work Ray! :)

Robert Dark
05-01-2010, 07:53 AM
Big Boy, that is a slick way of putting a handle together. Looks like lots of work, but the end results will be worth it.

Lookin' good.

Robert

wdtorque
05-01-2010, 08:30 AM
Someone that makes a complicated process look easy is usually very good at what they do.
You fall into that catagory here.
Put me in the "openly awed" camp.
Outstanding Ray. Dozier

mofretwell
05-01-2010, 10:43 AM
Absolutely stunning, Ray!

Raymond Richard
05-01-2010, 04:19 PM
Another profile shot.

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2321.JPG

Peter Killgore
05-02-2010, 12:38 AM
That's a neat way to look at the profile. I like that shape.

How thick was the wagon wheel you started with?

BlueSkyJaunte
05-02-2010, 02:18 AM
Awesome. Your knives have a very distinctive "Ray-ness" to them. This is a good thing! :D

HHH Knives
05-02-2010, 06:19 AM
Outstanding! Love the profile pics you take! Really gives a great perspective.

Raymond Richard
05-02-2010, 09:23 AM
That's a neat way to look at the profile. I like that shape.

How thick was the wagon wheel you started with?

Peter, Pretty sure this was some to the thick wagon wheel that I gave you, 5/8" thick.