1893 Grand Exhibition. The world's intro to PBR, hot dogs, ice cream cones and the Ferris Wheel.

1893 Grand Exhibition. The world's intro to PBR, hot dogs, ice cream cones and the Ferris Wheel.
A view through the wheel. The black, horizontal line is the axle, the single largest forging to that time.
"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

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Showing off... again.
Children who have recently struck out on their own to earn fame and fortune.
Offered without comment, mostly.
The above was loosely based on the Hells Belle Bowie. I've become very wary of duplicating contemporary knives as they rarely turn out as the customer expected.
This one was supposed to differ from the originals so, no worries about exactitude.
It is one of the more natural feeling knives I've ever made.
Very happy with it.
Yet another coffin-handle, this one based on a period example. Another knife supposedly carried by the slave-trading asshole whose name is given to this blade shape.

A smatchet with its scabbard, unfortunately caught naked.
A hybrid of the 1918 Mk1 mated with the Royal Armouries knucks for a reversible grip. Forged from a farrier's rasp.
Eek! A ghost.
Asked to provide a SFK with a white - ideally ivory - handle, I looked for sources of imitation ivory, went through an unfortunate (Waste of time) period of trying to fake it out of Fimo until I found the solution.
Hooray for Hollywood.
I can only preen over the knife. That's all I made while the sheath, someone else's work, is to die for.
Based on a real deal. The handle is dogwood, burned with circles as per the original. A piece of copper tube heated and applied repeatedly. A slow process. If it comes up again, I'll figure out a way to keep the tube hot. That's all, folks.
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