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Old 01-08-2018, 11:05 AM   #1
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I've been working on a relatively close copy of the governor Bowie for an order. Here are some pics of the process.













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Old 01-08-2018, 11:08 AM   #2
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I don't know anything about making knives, so forgive my ignorance, but what's all over the blade in the 2nd pic?
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Old 01-08-2018, 11:08 AM   #3
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Looking good!
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Old 01-08-2018, 11:12 AM   #4
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What kind of steel are you using?
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Old 01-08-2018, 11:15 AM   #5
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I don't know anything about making knives, so forgive my ignorance, but what's all over the blade in the 2nd pic?


It’s a clay that prevents the heat from penetrating the metal as deeply versus the bare metal. It makes the spine softer and edge harder which makes an awesome knife!


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Old 01-08-2018, 11:18 AM   #6
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It’s a clay that prevents the heat from penetrating the metal as deeply versus the bare metal. It makes the spine softer and edge harder which makes an awesome knife!


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Looking great Jason!

Yes, It keeps the sine softer and "receives" a blow better. The orginial Bowies had a brass or soft casing over the spine for fighting so if you blocked a blow, it wouldn't break your blade. Hence, the hand guards as well.

This will be nice Jason, looking forward to seeing! I made one years back out of Damascus, brass guards and ironwood handles - this gives me the itch to put one in the works!
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Old 01-08-2018, 11:38 AM   #7
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I don't know anything about making knives, so forgive my ignorance, but what's all over the blade in the 2nd pic?
Just WD 40 and grit slurry. Tried to make hand sanding interesting in a picture I've got a nice video of the final hand sanded blade, just need to upload it.

Steel is W2. There's a decent hamon in this blade, about 1/3 of the way from the spine, about 6" down the blade. Haven't etched it out yet. Still at least 2 more days worth of work on this knife, maybe 3.

Handle fittings are 1872 railroad rail wrought iron. There will be an 1836 silver half dollar in between, when I get to it. Fittings will be fluted and blued.
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Old 01-08-2018, 11:49 AM   #8
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It should be extraordinary. Are you making this for somebody in particular?
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Old 01-08-2018, 11:57 AM   #9
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Just WD 40 and grit slurry. Tried to make hand sanding interesting in a picture I've got a nice video of the final hand sanded blade, just need to upload it.



Steel is W2. There's a decent hamon in this blade, about 1/3 of the way from the spine, about 6" down the blade. Haven't etched it out yet. Still at least 2 more days worth of work on this knife, maybe 3.



Handle fittings are 1872 railroad rail wrought iron. There will be an 1836 silver half dollar in between, when I get to it. Fittings will be fluted and blued.


Sounds bad @$$ Jason. Wish I was on you level!


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Old 01-08-2018, 11:58 AM   #10
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It should be extraordinary. Are you making this for somebody in particular?
Yes, a customer of mine. I showed him the two blades before they were even heat treated, and he wanted the second one just like the governor's.
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Now that's a knife!
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Old 01-08-2018, 07:17 PM   #12
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https://youtu.be/GOx3-RTk_IA

See what that'll do.

I buggered the replies up the page. The others are correct, pic #2 is clay to induce the hamon, as they described. The picture I commented about wasn't the one that was asked about. Long Monday, lol.
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Old 01-09-2018, 09:52 AM   #13
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Looking good as always Jason. Tell that slouchy Travis he needs more shop time and produce some knives.
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Old 01-09-2018, 11:34 AM   #14
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Looking good as always Jason. Tell that slouchy Travis he needs more shop time and produce some knives.
Travis is in the middle of tearing his shop down. They close on selling their Katy house at the end of January. They're moving to Austin area, and haven't found a house up there yet. I bet it'll be a while before he's back up and running, considering that he doesn't yet know exactly where he's going to end up.
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Old 01-09-2018, 12:10 PM   #15
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Travis is in the middle of tearing his shop down. They close on selling their Katy house at the end of January. They're moving to Austin area, and haven't found a house up there yet. I bet it'll be a while before he's back up and running, considering that he doesn't yet know exactly where he's going to end up.


If he wants to get some shop time he can spend time in my meek “shop” I’d be glad for the lessons


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Old 01-09-2018, 06:30 PM   #16
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Travis is in the middle of tearing his shop down. They close on selling their Katy house at the end of January. They're moving to Austin area, and haven't found a house up there yet. I bet it'll be a while before he's back up and running, considering that he doesn't yet know exactly where he's going to end up.
That is good news!
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Old 01-14-2018, 08:39 PM   #17
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More progress. Fluted the wrought fittings and fit and shaped the spacer. 1836 silver half dollar.










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Old 01-15-2018, 05:49 AM   #18
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Looking good.
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Old 01-15-2018, 10:25 AM   #19
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Looks great!

Did Travis change jobs or is he transferring to Austin?

I'd love to have that Bowie knife Jason but I doubt it's going to be in my budget lol.
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Old 01-15-2018, 12:11 PM   #20
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Travis changed jobs. This knife is a custom order, won't be "for sale," so your budget is safe
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Old 01-15-2018, 12:13 PM   #21
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Very nice work.
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Old 01-15-2018, 01:17 PM   #22
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More progress. Handle fit, and spacer coined. Still left to do: etch wrought, blue wrought, etch blade, glue up.






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Old 01-15-2018, 01:39 PM   #23
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Great looking work, Following.
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Old 01-15-2018, 03:04 PM   #24
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Etched and blued and glued. Past the point of no return.






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Old 01-15-2018, 06:22 PM   #25
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Tell us is their and significance for the silver coin ?
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Old 01-15-2018, 07:07 PM   #26
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The steel is forged W2. The guard is wrought iron from the first railroad into Dallas in 1872. The wood is spalted sycamore from the grounds at the Texas Capitol. The coin is 1836, the year Texas won her independence from Mexico. This is a fairly close copy of a knife I'll present to Greg Abbott Jan 30th to commemorate House Bill 1935, which undid restrictive knife laws.

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Old 01-16-2018, 06:37 PM   #27
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Finished!











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Old 01-16-2018, 06:45 PM   #28
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Looks great!
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Old 01-16-2018, 08:08 PM   #29
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It's beautiful! You just get better with every knife buddy.
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Old 01-16-2018, 08:14 PM   #30
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That is awesome. Love the history in that!
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