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Introducing a new style/line

stephanfowler Feb 24, 2012

  1. stephanfowler

    stephanfowler knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    So I've been talking to several friends in the local PD and FD lately about making them some heavy duty knives that carry comfortably and can be beat all to hell and take it.

    here's the first batch I came up with
    a couple different different styles all 3.5" to 4" blade with .25" spine.
    forge finished flats

    I'm going to start offering these at $250 with Micarta and a leather sheath

    and for this style specifically I will offer a 100% warranty including abuse
    I haven't managed to break one yet without using a heck of a cheater bar or a big hammer......

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    Thanks for looking
    Stephan
     
  2. desmodus

    desmodus Arc Sodium Administrator Lady Devil JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    that wharncliff is fucking HAWT.

    if i only could scavenge the necessary funds...

    somebody please buy it before i get desperate and/or stupid.
     
  3. M.Olexey

    M.Olexey capo of the Texas knifemaking mafia Brigade Member

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    Hells yeah!


    I like 'em.
     
  4. jimmyjo

    jimmyjo Brigade Member Brigade Member

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    They not only look great but they look tough as hell.:thumbsup:
     
  5. unreconstructedgordo

    unreconstructedgordo Level: True Devil

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    I got mine

    :ross:
    Stephan did me one with blackwood handles and blind pins. He did a little more polishing here and there where my hand or clothes could touch.
    First this is a "rough Duty" knife where it is strong and beefy as hell and only has a 600 grit finish max. It is cheaper than the usual custom Fowler forged blade is and there fore has a lesser finish but still top quality materials and fitment. You have to remember that in my review.
    I received the knife this morning and it was to be a rough spring day on the ranch working with my son who was excavating and me clearing the brush. When I opened the wonderfully packaged knife I noticed the final paper wrap was damp, like a rainy Georgia day! Yes a little rust freckles were on one side of the blade. This brought a smile to my carbon steel loving face and a quick scrub with a fine 3M pad with marvel Mystery oil removed any trace. The sheath is a new design I believe and rides high enough with no movement and the snap opens easily enough when your hand grabs the fist filling smooth and contoured to the palm swell handle. I wore the knife all sweaty day and used it to cut bailing wire out of the tractor tracks and other nasty tasks. I did NOT baby this one. IT was NOT shaving sharp when I got it but this evening I worked it to 1200 grit hard Arkansaw hair popping sharp. It sharpened easily and the wire and fencing I cut and things I pried a little did zero damage to it. The knife has a 3 7/8" blade and a BEER BOTTLE opener on the ass end! Doing the hot sweaty work today my son and I opened a sixer of Jamaican Red Stripe with it and it fit those tight and non domestic caps perfectly!
    My criticism with theknife has NOTHING to do with ith Stephan's work, but rather the particular design features on my knife. IF it was a custom blade I would have changed a COUPLE items: Firstly I would have brought the attractive Brut-de-forge portion of the beefy 1/4+" thickness on the spine down in front of the handle about 3/8" wide and full thickness to be rounded off on the back end and the bottom 3/8" width before the plunge begins thus forming a vestigal integral guard. The relatively thin back bottom edge of the blade seems menacing to me if my hand slips forward with literally nothing to stop it from riding over the blade . Even tho the heavily distally tapered blade locks the hand in very well , a desperate thrust could prove painful I think. BTW the blade point centerline is masterfully dropped to the center of a thrust (which I tried on some pine trees) and the blade works OK for that . The knife WANTS to chop as it has the huge belly and lots of spine beef, but is kinda short for that duty.
    Secondly my knife is a clip point kinda and the clip has a section wear it reaches the top of the spine and straightens out with a beveled 3/4" section . IF that 3/4" would have been left full .287" spine width I could use the space to baton it a little easier. Not that I am a big baton guy, but this knife is BEEFY and the little extra would mean a short piece of 2x4" could be used instead of a 1" dowel without bashing your hand. The additional weight forward would improve the chopability as the knife now balances just behind the first finger when you grip it (thanks to the extreme distal taper of the tang) almost perfect and very lively but with the mod I suggest would be perfect. Mine does not have the spine jimping as shown on the other knives and I don't miss it.
    I will let Stephan post pictures of mine as he made pro ones and I have not yet nor can I import the ones he took of it.
    I feel as usual with Mr. Fowler's work I got more than my $ worth ($250) and Stephan has I treated the Cordovan Leather it became almost exactly the same color as the Blackwood Ebony handle!:manganr:
     
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  6. unreconstructedgordo

    unreconstructedgordo Level: True Devil

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    Here is a picture I was able to parse:

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  7. stephanfowler

    stephanfowler knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Dang Gordon, that's a heck of a write up. thanks

    I can certainly believe that you are getting every bit of use out of it.



    Thanks
    Stephan
     

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