OAL: 12 1/4"
Fittings: Waxed leather thread for bolster, brass pins, and brass lanyard hole.
Notes: Antique finished blade, dyed and hardened thread, burnt and stained mesquite.
Slightly better view of the blade finish [link]
If you look closely you can see how bad my stamp is.
but! I like the knife. I'm not a big frontier knife fan, but I am a knife fan. Being such a person means I like just about every knife, even if at first I don't like a knife, I usually start to if exposed to it long enough. Sharp things tend to have that effect on me.
There are some frontier knives I like right off the bat. Out of the ones I've liked they usually have what looks like burnt wooden handles and blade finishes that look similar to this one. I saw a sheath once that had leather braids that had been done like the bolster on this one, only it was around the collar of the sheath and it really stuck with me. However, there is a great bladesmith that actually uses basically the same techniques for his entire handles. More complex, with I think rattan thread. I never really cared for the one piece of leather wrapped around the bolster area, with big brass pins, so I decided to take from those two ideas in the place of that.
There are a few things I'd like to change on it, but I'm pretty happy with it over all. I still need to sharpen it and then decide what I want to do with her. I'm just glad I had a chance to play with the ideas. Definitely a fun project.
I'm totally feeling frontier style knives. Maybe I'll try to make a few more with a more dedication and see if I can't add this style to my armada.Logan Pearcewww.pearceknives.com
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