Lot's of different pics of this sign.

Lot's of different pics of this sign.
"I don't make hell for nobody. I'm only the instrument of a laughing providence. Sometimes I don't like it myself, but I couldn't help it if I was born smart."

1st Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden.
"From here to Eternity"

Paul Valery

"You are in love with intelligence, until it frightens you. For your ideas are terrifying and your hearts are faint. Your acts of pity and cruelty are absurd, committed with no calm, as if they were irresistible. Finally, you fear blood more and more. Blood and time."

The Wisdom of the Ages

"When a young man, I read somewhere the following: God the Almighty said, 'All that is too complex is unnecessary, and it is simple that is needed',"

Mikhail Kalashnikov
"Here lies the bravest soldier I've seen since my mirror got grease on it."

Zapp Brannigan

Sunday, January 25, 2009

My demonstrated brilliance in subjects political, cultural and aesthetic notwithstanding, What I do is make knives so...


"Pride goeth before a fall and a haughty spirit before destruction." Proverbs, 16:18
At least that's what they say...
Above, a QUENCH CRACK.
An ass-licking, snot-burbling, enough-to-make-you-shit-in-your-flathat... QUENCH CRACK.
This isn't supposed to happen to me.
The shits of it is this: This knife was supposed to be in the mail Friday.
It didn't make it. I hope it can by Friday, next.
It hasn't all been ice-cream with shit sauce though.
See below.

This is the website, "glam-shot", still in progress.
I'm thinking of calling it a Spanish Bowie for lack of a better term.
The original is from Mexico and may well predate that slave-trading, opportunistic shitbird, Jim Bowie's questionable contribution to the material culture.
Jim and his brothers used to buy slaves from the pirate Jean LaFitte in the Caribbean, then smuggle them into New Orleans.
Getting killed at the Alamo might have been his best-if-only PR move.
This jewel was commissioned and, thanks to my sporadic mental-health as well as the general holiday idiocy, has been rather a long-time-coming.
It's now ready to leave home, my first - and I believe, largely successful - spiral turning - in desert ironwood.

Back by popular demand; the OSS/SOE thumb/lapel dagger.
It's back. It's longer and... it's got a lanyard hole!
I'm going to change the sheath though.
Speaking of changes in sheath design...
Pictured next: One of the last Shanghai Fighting Knives I'll be making with this particular sheath

This particular one was commissioned with a handle of boxwood for the sake of authenticity.
I'm not doing that again so don't ask.
I can't, in good conscience, pay that amount of $$ for such a boring wood.
The amount you're looking at represents an expenditure of around $20.
It's nice wood to turn and very hard but, God it's pricey.
You know boxwood?
Those hedges with the little tiny leaves.
Imagine how long it takes one of them to get to "log" size.
Anyway, I'm cheap although I prefer "thrifty" or "frugal".
Hell, call me anything.
Just not late for dinner.

3 comments:

Culpeper said...

That broken one looks like the one you made for me only mine isn't broken. What happened?

Oliver Hart-Parr said...

No parry strip.
No not really.
The black section of the broken surface is where the crack occurred.
The oil was too cold, God was mad at me, the damned demmycrats did it.
Who knows
I purposely broke it the rest of the way so I could console myself with the fact that at least the steel looks good inside - and to remove any temptation to just grind the crack into a groove and weld it.

Big W said...

This one has really grown on me. After looking around for a decent F/S dagger , I found out that nobody is making a decent affordable one these days. The Shanghai has the all important carbon steel blade that you can put a real edge on and actually put to use. It also has the fatter handle for us with larger hands. Looking forward to handling one.

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