Sunday, August 28, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Probably the question I get the most as a knife, bit, and spur maker is where do I buy my blanks. I don't. Every thing that comes out of my shop started as raw materials. It is completely hand made.
The buckle above is getting a hand filed border, and will get nickel silver lettering.
I will show them as a finished product in a few days.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
These knives sell for 165.00$ plus shipping. Email if interested.
I have lots of area cowboys using these every day, the horizontal sheath keeps them handy, but out of the way, and the W2 steel holds an edge, yet is easy to sharpen in the field.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
The Bois D'arc was cut from an old fence post that a friend saved me when doing a clearing job. It had probably been in the ground for 60 years. It is some amazing stuff.
The damascus is stainless steel I get from http://www.chadnicholsdamascus.com/ . I have never been disappointed in any thing he has sent me, always consistent, and heat treats the same every time. I have tried making stainless damascus a few times and it is tough. I will stick with making the high carbon stuff for a while.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
1st is Kyle on his gray mare. I wished she was my gray mare.
2nd is Steve Goldsmith, steak cook extraordinaire, holding one across the line.
3rd is me doing what I do best, standing around talking to Rodney.
3 inches of rain this weekend. It didn't break our drought, but it sure made everybody feel better.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Brice Bowden was by the shop today and took this video with a cell phone.
I am taking some 1084/15n20 damascus down to knife making thickness. This billet has already been forged out, cut and re stacked 3 times, for a total of 180 layers. It should be some pretty stuff when a finished knife.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The 2 plain knives are made with 52100 (ball bearing) steel. It is currently my favorite steel besides damascus. I have never tried a steel that I could get this sharp. It also keeps the edge extremely well.
The little knife is made from 2 different billets that were a little small, so I combined them. 1080, 1095, 15n20, and nickel in the mix of steel. the handle is spalted oak.
Lots of cow work this week, moving things around, sold some good cows and some calves to light. It's going to be a long winter, we will have to start feeding way to early. Drought, it ain't over just because it is approaching september and cooler weather. Probably won't end next year.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
These spurs have been all over the USA and Canada rodeoing, even the NFR. I have even watched them on TV on several occasions.
It makes a maker feel good that the stuff he is putting out is used and well thought of.