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Early Western Bowie

kwackster Jul 19, 2017

  1. kwackster

    kwackster Huge member

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    One of my recent finds, an early Western Bowie from around 1965:

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    Some more pics:

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    The knife as it looks at the moment.
    Reground the already convex blade but now to a zero edge of about 30 degrees inclusive & contoured the handle.
    Still have to work on the swedge & guard and restitch the sheath.

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    Since the brass guard was a bit loose, i'm experimenting to find out if shimming it with a few small pieces of brass sheet is a viable option.
    While it works very well to immobilize the guard 100 % even during maximum force chopping (tested the knife again in the woods yesterday), the shims need to be a bit smaller to be totally invisible.

    The 1095 Cro-Van blade steel also holds up well; after taking down several thin trees / thick saplings (think upper arm size) the edge can still shave the hair from my leg.
    And this is with a 400 grit wet & dry SiC finish deburred with 1.0 micron diamond compound on MDF.
     
  5. begreen61

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    I see knives like this all the time at the gun and knife shows , should make a project out of one of them .Thanks for sharing
     
  6. teturiko

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    Quite the knife you got there, thanks for showing it off!
     
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    Immobilized the guard with two narrow shards of brass sheet (one on each side), which were lightly tapped all the way to the tang using a small hammer & small section of a snap-off blade which i ground blunt & square.
    The larger piece of brass sheet in the pictures is what was left after i used a pair of scissors to cut the two shards from, each one about a millimeter wide.
    Also rounded the edges on the brass guard and polished it a bit.

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