Merry Christmas to my Friend Bear

Discussion in 'Blades' started by Valkman, Dec 25, 2005.


  1. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I've been meaning to make a knife for Bear for a long time - he helped me get started just like he's helped others here. But this guy is something, and when he gave a rare Simonich knife to help soldiers over at USN I knew I had to make this knife something special. First I took my normal Large Utility blade and stretched it a little and also made it wider. Then I did something which I had not been successful before at - tapering the tang and adding bolsters. If you don't taper the tang correctly you'll have problems you cannot overcome - or have a crappy looking knife.

    I spent night after night this week fitting thses parts, and finally glued the bolsters and liners in place. Then I took stainless pins, put them in the bolsters and peened them heavily with a 4# hammer, then glued and clamped the handle material. I thought everything did not fit that well, but when I ground it the next day... well it was damn near perfect and I couldn't believe it. :D

    So this, my friends is it, the absolute best I can make for a person who really, really derserves it:

    3/16" O1 tool steel
    4 1/4" Blade, 9 1/4" overall
    SS bolsters w/SS pins, blue liners
    400 year old Birdseye Maple
    Mosaic pins in 1/8" and 1/4"
    Brass lanyard tubing, 1/4"

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    It's not done but I just wanted to show everyone and especially Bear what's coming. I have never been so proud of a knife like I am of this one! :p
     
  2. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Wow, that really is your best work, IMO. :shock:

    That is by far, a very kicking knife!
     
  3. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    VERY nice, and Im sure it will be very apreciated.
     
  4. Clay

    Clay Monkey+++ Founding Member

    That is amazing, you are truly an artist!

    I'm sure he will be very proud to accept your work, I sure would!
     
  5. Cousin Jack

    Cousin Jack Knifemaker Founding Member

    Wow Don...that knife is the Shiznitz! [beer]
     
  6. BigUglyOne

    BigUglyOne Monkey+++ Founding Member

    That is some fine fine work !! [beer]
     
  7. ghostrider

    ghostrider Resident Poltergeist Founding Member

    What do you mean you don't know how to taper a tang, good looking job. Really good looking knife.
     
  8. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Beautiful. I know Bear will be happy!
     
  9. CRC

    CRC Survivor of Tidal Waves | RIP 7-24-2015 Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Beautiful knife , Don!

    Like E.L. said...I know Bear will be happy!
     
  10. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Wow!!!!! I'm speechless.... That's the nicest knife any custom knifemaker has ever made for me !!!!!! Thank you ! Thank you ! and Thank you !
     
  11. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    C'mon, I doubt that! :D You got some nice stuff! I can't replace the Simonich but hopefully I've made something you'll really like.
     
  12. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Nope.... I subscribe to the "I say what I mean and mean what I say" rule... I'm also careful about what I say in a public forum because there are alot of folks out there who can see it.... including all my favorite knifemakers....

    I'll say it again for the whole world so there is no mistaking it.... "That's the nicest knife any custom knifemaker has ever made for me !!!!!! " No bulls**t here.... just sincere gratitude....

    You "young knifemakers" gotta learn how to take praise and compliments.... :D
     
  13. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Well, I am so proud of this knife I can't believe it. I had not been able to do all this before so it's a big step up. I might make that blade standard on my larger model because it sure is sweeeeeet!

    I posted it in the knifemakers section at USN and the feedback is great. When it's done and logo'd I'll post it in the Custom Arena. :D

    I'm really glad you like it!
     
  14. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Checked it out and posted a reply....

    You're the best !!!!! [winkthumb]
     
  15. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Wow. That is NICE!!!

    But then again, so is Bear... :D
     
  16. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Wow, from the feedback I guess I'd better make more with bolsters. I wish I could buy pre-made ones but I wouldn't do that - but making them from barstock is a pain!

    I appreciate that Bear - I'm waiting to see what guys like Rinaldi and Lovett say. Trace is supposed to have a knife done for me at the Vegas Show, and I just ordered a Loveless Drop Point Hunter from Lovett. :p
     
  17. BigUglyOne

    BigUglyOne Monkey+++ Founding Member

    What is USN ?
     
  18. TLynn

    TLynn Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    It's a private knife board...glad you joined BigUglyOne as I think you will enjoy it.
     
  19. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    [bow]
     
  20. BigUglyOne

    BigUglyOne Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Thanks ... looks like a great board, just joined it
     
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