Cutlass Bowie - Finishing the Heartache trio

Discussion in 'Custom Knife Forum' started by Erin Burke, Dec 22, 2017.

  1. Erin Burke

    Erin Burke Well-Known Member

    It's with a sigh of relief that I finally present this knife -- I call it a cutlass Bowie -- the last of the Heartache trio.

    This Bowie is the first of three, similarly themed, knives to be designed, but the last of them to be built. The smallest of these knives -- a little vest fighter in Ringed Gidgee -- originated from a grinding slip-up while building the mid-sized Persian fighter. That fighter -- similarly -- came about due to a hairline crack that formed when heat-treating my first attempt at the big Bowie.
    I almost threw in the towel... but, well, I really wanted to see this knife finished.

    Some stats:
    OAL: 16-7/16"
    Blade: 10" from front point to rear point of W2 with distal taper
    Weight: 1.03lbs (468g)
    Fittings: mild steel with texture/patina
    Handle: Rib-Fruited Mallee burl from Mark Farley at BurlSource



    I played around with some really cool texturing details on the guard and spacer, but my macro images didn't turn out well. I'll have to re-shoot after the holidays. Maybe get a shot of the small peened butt-cap while I'm at it.

    Best wishes.
  2. Justin Presson

    Justin Presson Well-Known Member

    That knife looks sweet! I like the blade shape and handle shape.
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  3. Smallshop

    Smallshop KNIFE MAKER

    Beautiful set! The photo layout/composition, and lighting are top notch!Looks like a pic from a lonnng time ago!Excellent...
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  4. Erin Burke

    Erin Burke Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys. Hope everyone is having a happy holiday season.
  5. Rick Otts

    Rick Otts Well-Known Member

    Very nice I really love the looks of that set.
  6. Hally72

    Hally72 Active Member

    Awesome trio! Some very nice curvy lines on those blades.
  7. Erin Burke

    Erin Burke Well-Known Member

    Thanks Rick and Stacy! I appreciate the kind words.
    In all honesty, I'm glad to have finally finished the trio because -- while I really like the aesthetic of these knives -- reception from potential customers has been luke-warm... as illustrated by the fact that I still have the other two knives on hand to shoot the group photo.
    I figure my next projects will be Japanese-flavored, or maybe balisongs, as both genres (in my personal experience) seem to sell quickly... hopefully restoring my mojo. :D

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