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Old 02-04-2018, 11:03 PM   #1
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I built this knife a while back, intended for Governor Abbott to celebrate the passing of HB1935 which legalized bowie knife carry. Unfortunately hurricane Harvey literally rained on our party, so it took a while to close the deal. Because of the governor thing, many different people had a part in this project. Since this was a bowie, going to the governor of Texas, by a Texas knifemaker, I went with a collection of Texas historical materials.

The blade is forged W2, donated to the project by Aldo Bruno.

The handle is sycamore wood, spalted, from the grounds of the Texas Capitol building in Austin. My brother was friends in college with a guy who worked grounds crew and brought the wood home as firewood. It was ultimately dyed and stabilized by Terry Dunn, of LaVernia, TX. Terry is a TBH member, rubydog.

The guard and spacer are wrought iron, blued. The material was given by Will Frary of Grapevine, TX, and came from the rail of the first railroad into Dallas, TX in 1872.

The coined spacers are 1836 capped-bust half dollars. Texas won its independence from Mexico in 1836.

The stand includes mesquite from Abilene, given to me by my cousin, also a 6th generation Fry Texan. The wrought iron square nails forged to shape for the stand are from the house of 1840ís settler Allen Urquhart, who founded Jefferson, TX. The nails were donated by Don Millhouse of Fredericksburg, Tx.





Thanks to all who contributed to this project!

We met with the Governor on Tuesday last week. He was genuinely interested in the knife's different elements. Left to right, here is Rep Frullo of Lubbock, Doug Ritter of Knife Rights, me, Todd Rathner, and the governor. My instructions were to "dress like a knifemaker, not a lobbyist."



To get this second picture took some shenanigans. We were sitting in the parking lot of the Governor's Mansion about 45 minutes before our appointment, with the Capitol just across the street. That portrait of Jim Bowie is the only known picture of him when he was alive, and was purchased by the State of Texas a few years ago for nearly $300K. It hangs inside the chambers of the House of Representatives. As you might imagine, one does not simply walk into the House chambers inside the Capitol with a giant knife. Even though this wasn't on the agenda, I asked Todd and Doug if we could make it happen. After a couple of phone calls, a laptop bag, and the secret squirrel entrance, we were able to get the photo. No laws were broken, but strings were pulled for sure.



Thanks for letting me share the story with you all!
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Old 02-04-2018, 11:11 PM   #2
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Wow! Absolutely stunning craftsmanship and a great story with pics to share for generations to come.
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Old 02-04-2018, 11:12 PM   #3
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That's a great story and a beautiful Bowie knife ! Congrats to you Sir !
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Old 02-04-2018, 11:13 PM   #4
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Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 02-04-2018, 11:15 PM   #5
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Congrats that was a great write up and Pics proved it happened. You might become a legend.

Great work.
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Old 02-04-2018, 11:16 PM   #6
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That's awesome! Heck of a knife!
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Old 02-04-2018, 11:17 PM   #7
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Great knife and a great story, now part of Texas History!
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Old 02-04-2018, 11:19 PM   #8
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That's incredible Jason! Love the history and makes me that much more to be living in the greatest State in the country! Thanks for sharing and great job for what you have done.
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Old 02-04-2018, 11:21 PM   #9
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Thats awesome! Congrats on a great job.
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Old 02-04-2018, 11:22 PM   #10
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That is a once in a lifetime honor. Congrats, thanks for sharing this story.

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Old 02-04-2018, 11:25 PM   #11
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Great looking knife.
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Old 02-04-2018, 11:26 PM   #12
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Very nice knife. From one Texan to another.
Thanks for honoring our history.
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Old 02-04-2018, 11:30 PM   #13
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That is some great history in that art you created
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Old 02-04-2018, 11:30 PM   #14
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Thatís pretty awesome!
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Old 02-04-2018, 11:32 PM   #15
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Love the story. I bet Abbott liked it. Very significant knife build. Congrats on the picture
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Old 02-04-2018, 11:36 PM   #16
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Awesome in many different aspects. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-04-2018, 11:46 PM   #17
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I need to run for Governor so I can get a knife like that. Everything about that knife is Texan. . .except the steel. :-)


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The handle is sycamore wood, spalted, from the grounds of the Texas Capitol building in Austin.
You know, there's a huge Osage tree on the grounds at the Capitol. That's what I want you to make my knife handle out of when I get elected.
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Old 02-05-2018, 12:08 AM   #18
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Awesome!! Thanks for the story and pics!!
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Old 02-05-2018, 12:38 AM   #19
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Wow...just wow!
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Old 02-05-2018, 12:42 AM   #20
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That’s awesome! Very nice knife build
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Old 02-05-2018, 12:43 AM   #21
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Great job and thanks for sharing. What an honor!
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Old 02-05-2018, 12:59 AM   #22
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Awesome knife and awesome story!
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Old 02-05-2018, 02:25 AM   #23
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Great looking knife!
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Old 02-05-2018, 06:46 AM   #24
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Love it!
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Old 02-05-2018, 06:56 AM   #25
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Wow, that is awesome. What a piece of art.
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Old 02-05-2018, 07:04 AM   #26
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That's a great story.
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:11 AM   #27
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Wow...Awesome story! Very cool knife and its contents. You put a heck of a lot of thought into that work and did a great job. Thanks for taking us along.

I wonder if he gets to keep stuff like that or it becomes property of the state and goes into the Governors collection?
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:14 AM   #28
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That is awesome, great job.
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:14 AM   #29
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That's cool!
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:18 AM   #30
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Now that's a story you will never forget. Very cool. Great work on the Bowie.
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:21 AM   #31
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I need to run for Governor so I can get a knife like that. Everything about that knife is Texan. . .except the steel. :-)

You know, there's a huge Osage tree on the grounds at the Capitol. That's what I want you to make my knife handle out of when I get elected.
You know Sam, I have often thought about the wood of that HUGE Live Oak at the Alamo. The one with the pipe leg holding up the long limb stretching cross the walkway? That is famous wood many things could be made with.
Picked up a sprouting acorn there a few years ago and put it in a cup, but it never survived.
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:28 AM   #32
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Great job in getting this done.
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:33 AM   #33
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Great story and beautiful knife.
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:42 AM   #34
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What a story and knife!


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Old 02-05-2018, 08:44 AM   #35
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Awesome. I saw Todd post the pics on Facebook too. Todd is a good guy.
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:49 AM   #36
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This is so cool!!!!!
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:19 AM   #37
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Great story


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Old 02-05-2018, 09:23 AM   #38
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That is so cool. Great work.
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:27 AM   #39
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Sweet!
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:30 AM   #40
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Thank you, Texan here
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:32 AM   #41
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Congrats and cool story. That is a hell of a good job on that knife.
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:40 AM   #42
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Congrats and cool story. That is a hell of a good job on that knife.
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:41 AM   #43
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Great work. Great knife. Great story. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:43 AM   #44
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That Bowie is awesome!
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:49 AM   #45
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That is something to be very proud of. Congratulations
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:54 AM   #46
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That is awesome!!!! Congrats
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Old 02-05-2018, 10:16 AM   #47
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What a great story and tribute to The Great State of Texas and it's founders! Thank you sir for your efforts and for sharing your story with all of us... kinda makes my chest puff up a little just knowing what a special place Texas is and what a special group of folks there are on TBH!!

Well done, sir!
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Old 02-05-2018, 10:20 AM   #48
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Very cool .

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Old 02-05-2018, 10:33 AM   #49
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Great knife, and great story. All the elements make it a truly historical package. Congratulations!
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Old 02-05-2018, 10:40 AM   #50
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Very nice work! All the historical aspects of the knife are really interesting.
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