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The kestrel has landed

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by rcmodel, Oct 11, 2012.

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  1. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Here is another one I made years ago.

    * Handle is the old Ivory paper Micarta block carved with a Dremel tool. Surprisingly, it fits the hand like a glove.

    * Taxidermy eyes.

    * Sterling silver sandwiched guard with file work in the center plate and twisted silver wire at base of handle.

    * 5 1/8" dougle-edge blade was a carbon steel blank from Jantz or somebody? Pretty good steel anyway.


    Pretty worthless really, but it is fun to look at.

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    rc
     
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  2. Valkman

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    Nice work rc!
     
  3. Derek Zeanah

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    Quite nice.
     
  4. hso

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    That's great carving and the guard looks mighty nice as well. I can see how it would be comfortable.

    Isn't the old Westinghouse "Ivory" micarta great stuff?!
     
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    That would make a great cane handle knife, maybe sitting on a suitably knotted looking stick?
     
  6. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Yes it was!
    I have tried several iterations of newer Ivory Micarta over the years, and none of it ages out like the original Westinghouse stuff.

    rc
     
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    A Serious wow factor going on there.
     
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    rc

    Pretty cool looking knife!

    To me it certainly has a touch of dramatic styling to it, like it belonged on the set of the classic Bogart movie, "The Maltese Falcon".
     
  9. Mikee Loxxer

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    Thanks for showing us. I admire the skill!
     
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    Daggone, I got drool on my keyboard!
    Very nice RC. You sure pull out some cool stuff.

    Jim
     
  11. hso

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    I know bladesmiths that make great blades, but haven't developed the skill for the guard/grip, that would love to have someone like you collaborate with them to complete a piece.
     
  12. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    The thing that bothers me is poor quality sheaths coming from some of the real good knife makers.

    I suppose they can't find anyone to make really good fitted sheaths?
    Or can't put in the time to do it themselves?
    Or pay someone else to do it who can?

    But it brings me down to see a really high quality handmade knife in a Cub Scout project sheath with poor fit, and poorer stitching.

    And I see it a lot!

    rc
     
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    Yep

    Most custom knife makers simply don't try because they respect the talent and skill of the people who are their equals in making sheaths.

    The guys that think they have to put a sheath with a knife and then stitch something together badly are doing themselves a disservice.

    BUT, RC, the pictures of your sheaths show a great skill and talent and most knife makers simply don't have the same skill and talent for making sheaths that you do. Why assume that someone talented in forging or grinding a blade and making a custom knife would have the complete package to include sheath-making? Heck, should everyone be equally talented and skilled at engraving, inlay, wire, forging, damascus, steel making? I know of very few GIANTs that could/can do it all.
     
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    Dunno about that, but I would certainly assume that they know how to ask somebody else to make their sheaths. A quality sheath helps complete the package and makes the tool useful.

    It's hard to value a carry knife that can't be carried.
     
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    The smarter one's do.
     
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