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Damascus Hunter by knivesandroses Damascus Hunter by knivesandroses
New Damascus Hunter-- 5 1/2" blade flat ground, pattern welded steel, fileworked spine and tang, carved brass guard, decorated brass pins, stabilized spalted maple handle.
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MicheleCobb Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
That's incredible workmanship! What a beautiful piece. You must have huge amounts of patience. :clap:
knivesandroses Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
Hey to you...will write more in a few days.
Thanks. I sort of backed into that job. I really didn't want to take the commission. But instead of saying NO, I thought to put the price up to a point that he would certainly say no way. Well, not high enough I guess as he simply said, "Sounds good". So, I had to find ways to make that very simple knife look worth the bucks... but, yes, am patient, at least with the work, although I did fling a stubborn clamp across the room when it refused to cooperate during gluing up the handles. I found it later and apologized to it and admonished it to have a better attitude. It made no promises. John
MicheleCobb Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
Ha ha :heart:
OenghusLok47 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
shadee Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, I love the patterns in the blade and the materials and colors you chose for the handle and guard. Looks beautiful :)
knivesandroses Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
I just held my breath till I could actually get all the grinding done. Every now and then, a flaw is ground into revealing a bad weld line... then the piece ought to be scrapped. Way less stress to build moons. Knives are tricky not to ruin clear to the end. I am very pleased with the way the materials and colors and textures work together on this one. Not everything I have done works out so well. Can't claim all the credit. Some of what appears is serendipity. Grind into the wood, maybe grind away the best and get into a more mundane set of colors or lines. Same way with steel. This was an expensive commission. But, I chose the materials this time, on the basis of how well they might look together. Most of the time I have made the choice based on the expensive nature of each material. Gives bragging rights to the owner. But, brass and stabilized wood work so nicely with this blade that I am confident the new owner will not complain. But, some people want bragging rights and that makes the piece for them. Looking forward to visiting with you again. John
whoremones Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, thats beautiful. i love the handiwork on this and the patterns. good job.
knivesandroses Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
Thank you very much... Not all the work I do comes out this nice. Some of it is serendipity. Sometimes, one grinds away the prettiest steel and then the prettiest wood grain goes away too. But, not this time. The filework is a good example. I began by doing a couple hours practice on an aluminum bar of the same thickness to get a pattern that would be attractive. Then I carefully laid out my spacing marks for the cuts. Then I proceeded to get confused and make the "wrong" cuts down one side. Well, there was nothing to do for it except to make it work. When I finished, I was as pleased as I could have been had I stayed on program and not screwed up. Funny how things work out sometimes. Well, thanks again. Good to hear from you. John
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