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dagger (lots o pics)

Les George May 2, 2011

  1. Les George

    Les George George Knives Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Though you guys might find this interesting... I have been planning this for a long time, but finally busted it out. Big thanks to Mr Bill for his advice before hand.

    I did some reading before hand (I even bought a book) and found out some interesting stuff about the history of this design and mentality. This, to me, seems like a knife that is designed about an idea. The knife design changed a little and the idea was refined and they learned how to better design and build the knives to fit the idea. Of course this is what lead to the A/F style daggers.

    Of course as a Marine I went into it favoring the Raider Dagger even though I knew very little about it.

    The Marine Raider's knife and the F/S are very similar. The Raider's knives handles where cast outta some kinda zinc junk that likes to eat it's self and fall apart. As a result most of them are in poor shape these days.

    I have been reading the book that Wilkinsons Swords of UK fame put about about their work on the F/S daggers. They talk about the Shanghai Knives that inspired the F/S designs and according to this book W.E. Fairbairn received a knife from Yeaton and Moore, both United States Marines in 1933.

    Lt.Col. Yeaton was the Commanding Officer of 3rd Marine Raiders Bn in 1943. So maybe they all sprang from the same roots....

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    Quite an education it's been....


    Turns out that this knife does not cut very well, but it stabs like a freakin bullet though HOT butter! :munchin

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    Hard to get the damascus to show in the pics...

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    A little work in progress video.. :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsC0v0Qisyw

    Thanks for looking!
     
  2. firebolt

    firebolt Hollandse Duivel Brigade Member

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    very nice work

    i like pointy things with a fuller very much ( boot daggers, F/S knives )

    and this one is top notch
     
  3. Stabber

    Stabber Stabber's Steel Connection Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    :devilzeekAwesome!!
     
  4. DDD

    DDD Brigade Member Brigade Member

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    Very nice! I used to know a whole lot more about the Sykes/Fairburn/Applegate/Raider/V42 family, but I got old and forgot most of it. When you hold one of these in your hand there is a palpable urge to stab something (or someone). Over the past few years I have seen a few makers' versions of this family and your's ranks very high (if not the highest) of those examples.
     
  5. TPetsch

    TPetsch Ice Cold Handshake

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    Beautiful piece you have there George.
     
  6. norcal13

    norcal13 rated "e" for evil Brigade Member

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    i need one of these.

    bad. :madaddy:
     
  7. atlasfields

    atlasfields Huge member

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    Oustanding!
     
  8. RoyalM

    RoyalM Commando Devil Super Moderator Brigade Member

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    Bloody awesome mate, one of the best daggers I've seen in a while.
     
  9. Rio

    Rio Como un angel JDBA Official Member Knife Maker or Craftsman Brigade Member

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    sweet george , very sweet:devilzeek
     
  10. ster91b

    ster91b Paloozster! Brigade Member

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    beautiful
    :madaddy:
     
  11. M.Olexey

    M.Olexey capo of the Texas knifemaking mafia Brigade Member

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    DAMN!



    That's cool!
     
  12. RoadFish

    RoadFish Cathar Knight

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    Very nice. I could whittle down my "things to eliminate" list quickly with one of these!
     
  13. trakker45

    trakker45 Devil's Advocate

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    Love that damascus handle. Excellent work!
     
  14. Blastmaster1972

    Blastmaster1972 Koele Duivel

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    That's a fuckin' nice dagger Les!

    The F/S style of knives is very attractive, and this is one of the nicest I've seen!

    Kind regards,

    Jos :bacondancing:
     
    Last edited by a moderator: May 8, 2011
  15. shipwrecked

    shipwrecked Average member

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    That's just sick!
     
  16. RoyalM

    RoyalM Commando Devil Super Moderator Brigade Member

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    Forgot to say this is a blade I'd love to see come up in the raffle section, chances?
     
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  17. norcal13

    norcal13 rated "e" for evil Brigade Member

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    i greened you just for the thought.
     
  18. blade viking

    blade viking Huge member

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    thats one example of why I love knives!!:devilroll:
     
  19. Chris W

    Chris W Huge member

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    Wow Les great looking knife. The whole knife looks excellent but I especially like the machining of the Damascus handle.
     
  20. Chris Rowland

    Chris Rowland knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    thats one helluva blade man.
     

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