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Got a new computer and haven't been able to post in a while.  Been busy.  Here's a little play time.  This Bowie was forged from L-6 and 1095, folded to around 160 layers.  The pattern was manipulated by drilling divots and grinding notches.  It was given a very long etch (not totally on purpose, took my wife to lunch lol).  Normally I don't use a cable guard on a non cable blade but it seemed this one needed it.  The handle is elk antler with a brass pommel.
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Very nice. I also love the tight fit between the blade and the guard. I have a challenge with that.
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Very nice. I also love the tight fit between the blade and the guard. I have a challenge with that.

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Hello JMC, This has a wonderful pattern in the blade. Different style. Have you experimented with anything new? I would say you nailed it. Love the handle and the color variation. Creates a balanced look.
Is this for a customer?

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Hello JMC, This has a wonderful pattern in the blade. Different style. Have you experimented with anything new? I would say you nailed it. Love the handle and the color variation. Creates a balanced look.
Is this for a customer?


Wasn't made for anyone in particular.  Was just experimenting.  Sometimes when the forge is hot I'll do that.   Here's a wild experiment.  A guy wanted me to use a CAT bolt in making a edc.  Well, the bolt wasn't good enough steel.  So I ran with the idea and used a roller bearing from a CAT front end loader.  I'm not real happy with the flow on this one, but I'm going to shoot a video on the forging of a larger blade that should give a better flow through the handle into the bolt/pommel.DSCN6386.jpg  DSCN6388.jpg 

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Jim's work is very nice.
My Knife, which was finished by Jim and he made it a knife, has received ssssoooo many comments from my friends it is crazy.
One of my friends has started putting a small shop together because of it.

If I may... post it again, here is Jim's finishing work...  I will leave any finer points to Jim, other than it was formed into a rough forging by a 2500 pound Large Board Drop Hammer with me at the Tongs a long time ago.  Thank you Jim !

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Hey Jim was just thinking... Have you applied to the Forge In Fire Show ?

Your work is nice, to me better than a lot of the other Blacksmiths on the program.

Thinking you might just win it.

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Hey Jim was just thinking... Have you applied to the Forge In Fire Show ?

Your work is nice, to me better than a lot of the other Blacksmiths on the program.

Thinking you might just win it.


I did 3 times.  Guess I wasn't what they were looking for.  lol.  They wan't guys that can't weld, can't mig weld, and don't know how to do simple smithing skills.  lol

Really, they have a demographics they want to cover.  I happen to be in the most populous demographic.  It doesn't help that I'm ugly as homemade soap.  [biggrin]

If they were to offer a spot now I'd probably turn it down.  Things have gotten a little out of hand.



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I did 3 times.  Guess I wasn't what they were looking for.  lol.  They wan't guys that can't weld, can't mig weld, and don't know how to do simple smithing skills.  lol

Really, they have a demographics they want to cover.  I happen to be in the most populous demographic.  It doesn't help that I'm ugly as homemade soap.  [biggrin]

If they were to offer a spot now I'd probably turn it down.  Things have gotten a little out of hand.


It doesn't make sense how they choose their candidates for the show.
Some appear to have a hard time performing the steps needed to produce whatever it is they want for that show.
As far as Ugly, aren't we all !

The show took a turn, not sure exactly when, but the skill level dropped and some of the first round presentations are a little less finished as one might expect; even I as a Novice can notice the difference.

Tell them you have a heart condition that can cause some drama if you get too hot for the processes and they will put you on.

When I started watching the program I thought it would show me more of the actual steps in the process of Blade Making, not that I would even attempt it but I would like to watch.

Anyway, IMHO, you wouldn't have a problem winning... $10K, would be NICE !

Nothing makes sense these days !

Have a great Weekend !

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As always great work JMC. I still have the 2 knives I got from you and they are definitely my top prized blades.
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