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PostPosted: 11 Mar 2009 23:49
by Monster Zero
Paul B wrote:I recommend Fab waits 6 months to post it to Patrick. Perhaps putting pictures of it up once every week or so.
Turnabout being fair play after all


I say we do the Schola Banner Thing...

We post it to each other and take photos of us doing things with it... :)

PostPosted: 12 Mar 2009 03:15
by Fab
Oh yes maybe.

See if Nige's humour is that thin after all.

Who's first ?

PostPosted: 17 Mar 2009 17:19
by Fab
As the weather was quite nice, I toonk on to take new piccies of the Marwie knife (would have done the same with the Patrickettu if it wasn't packed and almost ready for shimpent). These ones does better justice to the piece IMO :

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PostPosted: 17 Mar 2009 17:32
by J Marwood
This is sweet :)

You still need to let me know about paying you BTW mate

PostPosted: 17 Mar 2009 17:41
by Fab
Those of you who'll be in Dijon in May (or earleir or later) will mybe benefit from that one, made as a gift for a bearded bartender of international fame, inspired by traditional folding kives of smaller dimensions of his native island :

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1075, HT same as the Marwie knife above, 375 mm for a 244mm blade (and 6 mm thick), Elm burl, midl steel, and mosaic pins.

Won't make the food better at the Cappuccino, but can't do it worse either.

PostPosted: 17 Mar 2009 17:42
by Fab
J Marwood wrote:This is sweet :)

You still need to let me know about paying you BTW mate


Oops skipped that. Email me. You can pick it up at Dijon, or I can send it if you can't wait til then. Gotta run now.

PostPosted: 17 Mar 2009 19:06
by Monster Zero
Fab, they are both awesome!

To add to that, I think the lines on the bowie are about perfect.

The knife you made for your bartender friend is great too, love the mosaic pins!

PostPosted: 30 Mar 2009 22:08
by Patrick Williams
Guess what arrived for me in the mail today? Yay!!!

PostPosted: 30 Mar 2009 22:33
by Fab
Cool. It sure didn't take long, and the customs were kind.

PostPosted: 30 Mar 2009 22:46
by Stevie T
Fab wrote:Image


That is very nice indeed.

Really wish I'd taken the Fairy folder when I left Clair.

PostPosted: 31 Mar 2009 10:26
by Harry
Fab wrote:Those of you who'll be in Dijon in May (or earleir or later) will mybe benefit from that one, made as a gift for a bearded bartender of international fame, inspired by traditional folding kives of smaller dimensions of his native island :

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1075, HT same as the Marwie knife above, 375 mm for a 244mm blade (and 6 mm thick), Elm burl, midl steel, and mosaic pins.

Won't make the food better at the Cappuccino, but can't do it worse either.



WOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO what a beauty!!!! this great... great design, great look, I can't wait it to see it IRL.

you still impress me my friend.

PostPosted: 31 Mar 2009 13:30
by Patrick Williams
Fab wrote:Cool. It sure didn't take long, and the customs were kind.


See? I told you that writing "Happy Birthday" or in this case "Birthday Present" on the outside would help. The shippers mangled the box, however and there's a good sized crack in the dark wood on the handle, but it's still quite lovely and it's here! It fits my hand quite nicely and, well, it's beautiful. Thanks, Fab.

PostPosted: 31 Mar 2009 16:09
by Monster Zero
FIll the crack with crazy glue or epoxy and it won't spread.

PostPosted: 31 Mar 2009 18:43
by Patrick Williams
Monster Zero wrote:FIll the crack with crazy glue or epoxy and it won't spread.


Already in my plans!

PostPosted: 31 Mar 2009 19:52
by Monster Zero
I have to say that shipping is not very kind on wood, even if its well seasoned and stabilized.

Changes in temp, humidity, etc do really weird things and it does take its toll.

PostPosted: 31 Mar 2009 22:51
by Patrick Williams
Monster Zero wrote:I have to say that shipping is not very kind on wood, even if its well seasoned and stabilized.

Changes in temp, humidity, etc do really weird things and it does take its toll.


Oh, it's not a problem, Thom. This sort of thing is

a) to be expected and
b) adds character and charm to the piece.

I'm as happy as a little clamato with my stylettu, just as she is.

PostPosted: 13 May 2009 18:12
by Fab
And so, as it has been said elsewhere, a left-hand dagger. Not for sale, but in happy hands now I hope - I myself am quite satisfied with what Fate, or luck, decided.

If the new owner would be kind enough to take some measurements of it, it would be appreciated as I had to finish it in a rush.



It is again based on things I saw and played with in various collections. The idea was to make a dagger that would suit my needs in terms of features :
- wide quillions, at a 45° angle with the blade, to better catch and block the opponent's blade
- long, sharp and pointy blade - you're meant to kill with it, not just defend - yet still strong and able to withstand some abuse
- wide side ring to give good hand protection
- good pommel, teardrop-shaped cuz I like it
- thumb depression on the ricasso
- fancy fittings, blued because I wanted to try out.

The cross guard is hand forged and file-worked from a single piece of mild steel. The pommel is hand-forged almost to shape.
Blade is 1075 steel, diff quench (only the edges trhough subtle temperature control), tempered to blue for toughness.
Thanks to my little helpers in the forging process.

Fittings have been fire-blued as was done at this time.
Brass and steel wire on the grip.

Scabbard is as usual.


On with the piccies now :

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I'm not too unhappy with that work, and even less unhappy with where it is now.

PostPosted: 13 May 2009 19:50
by admin
This is just one of the best things ever.

PostPosted: 13 May 2009 19:53
by Monster Zero
I want one :)

PostPosted: 13 May 2009 20:41
by Motley
hmmm looks nice. :-)

Fab, do you make your own chapes for the scabbard?

I am slowly getting around to making myself a scabbard for my training blunt (just for the experience of doing it really) but I am having a bit of trouble working out what to do about a chape.