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Mountain Man Longhunter Bushcraft Bowie's

Started this discussion. Last reply by James McClendon on Wednesday. 2 Replies

I've always had a "older" soul.  Seemed born for another time.  So when I got into knifemaking I naturally gravitated towards an older style.  Natural materials like wood and antler just spoke my…Continue

Ball Bearing becomes a Bowie.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Larrison Apr 22. 1 Reply

A while back a gentleman sent me a large ball bearing wanting a Bowie forged from it.  I started out by welding a little piece of rebar on the bearing to give something to hold on to while it was…Continue

G&H Barnett Bowies

Started Dec 17, 2023 0 Replies

In 1863 G&H Barnett Black Diamond File works started. They were in business until Nicholson bought the company in 1907 changing the name to "Black Diamond". These Bowie was made from a large…Continue

Cable From Decommissioned Aircraft Carrier

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jan Carter Nov 9, 2023. 6 Replies

A while back I was commissioned to forge some knives from cable recovered from a decommissioned aircraft carrier that was being scrapped.  The cable was 1/2" in diameter and once forged into a square…Continue

 

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James McClendon replied to James McClendon's discussion Mountain Man Longhunter Bushcraft Bowie's
"Thank you!"
Wednesday
J.J. Smith III replied to James McClendon's discussion Mountain Man Longhunter Bushcraft Bowie's
"That's definitely a work of art, James.  Very cool."
Wednesday

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James McClendon posted a discussion

Mountain Man Longhunter Bushcraft Bowie's

I've always had a "older" soul.  Seemed born for another time.  So when I got into knifemaking I naturally gravitated towards an older style.  Natural materials like wood and antler just spoke my language.  Over the years I saw the trend for the "bushcraft knife", a utilitarian blade that usually came with a ferro rod to start the camp fire.One day I had a bright idea, do a Bushcraft knife but one that looked like it was from 1800 rather than a modern kitchen drawer.  The first one here was…See More
Wednesday

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Andy Larrison replied to James McClendon's discussion Ball Bearing becomes a Bowie.
"Outstanding!  Thanks for sharing the step by step pics.  Very cool."
Apr 22

KnifeMaker
James McClendon posted a discussion

Ball Bearing becomes a Bowie.

A while back a gentleman sent me a large ball bearing wanting a Bowie forged from it.  I started out by welding a little piece of rebar on the bearing to give something to hold on to while it was being forged.The next step was to forge the bearing into a flat bar.  I used a forging press for this as 52100 steel is quite stubborn under a hammer.…See More
Apr 21
Ken Spielvogel commented on James McClendon's blog post A BLADESMITHS SHOP
"Very nice and inter4sting"
Jan 20

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Andy Larrison commented on James McClendon's blog post A BLADESMITHS SHOP
"Not a black smith "forge"....but a drop forge shop....If it hadn't been for blacksmithing throughout time we wouldn't be where we are today in modern industrial forging. And you are correct.....you can never have enough tongs."
Jan 18
Lars Ray commented on James McClendon's blog post A BLADESMITHS SHOP
"Thanks James for sharing this - it's a great yet simple tutorial for the likes of me, and those like me. A great tour of your kit as well...particularly your anvils. I have some basic knowledge of what makes a bladesmith shop beyond what is…"
Jan 17
Jan Carter commented on James McClendon's blog post A BLADESMITHS SHOP
"We got a dusting also but boy are we sitting in some cold!  The shop is downstairs and so is the wood stove so this is the time of year when it is most likely the shop gets a full cleaning. Shop is too small to have a press but I would love to…"
Jan 17

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James McClendon posted a blog post

A BLADESMITHS SHOP

We got snowed in with a dusting of snow and I thought I'd share the tools in a blade smiths shop.  Certainly, this isn't every tool and they can vary from shop to shop with what the smith needs to make their style of knife.The king of the shop is the Anvil.  The most common style, and the one most think of when they hear "anvil" is the London Pattern which began in the late 1700's, sometimes those early ones are referred to as a "colonial".  By the mid 1800's the London Pattern anvil had been…See More
Jan 17

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James McClendon posted a discussion

G&H Barnett Bowies

In 1863 G&H Barnett Black Diamond File works started. They were in business until Nicholson bought the company in 1907 changing the name to "Black Diamond". These Bowie was made from a large G&H Barnett. It was ground hard to retain the original heat treat, then tempered and given a soft back draw to bring the hardness down and toughen the blade. A handle of highly figured Buckeye burl was mounted on a bolt through tang with the files original stamped tang as the pommel.…See More
Dec 17, 2023
Jan Carter replied to James McClendon's discussion Cable From Decommissioned Aircraft Carrier
"This is fantastic!"
Nov 9, 2023

KnifeMaker
James McClendon replied to James McClendon's discussion Cable From Decommissioned Aircraft Carrier
"That anvil is a 200lb Fisher made in 1941.  It was military surplus.  My main, and favorite anvil."
Nov 8, 2023

KnifeMaker
James McClendon replied to James McClendon's discussion Cable From Decommissioned Aircraft Carrier
"It was 15n20.  I could have done a coffee etch and made the 15n20 really pop but that would have muted the pattern in the cable."
Nov 8, 2023
Kevin D replied to James McClendon's discussion Cable From Decommissioned Aircraft Carrier
"Good looking knives! What material did you use between the cable and the file? Good looking anvil too.  :)"
Nov 8, 2023

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James McClendon replied to James McClendon's discussion Cable From Decommissioned Aircraft Carrier
"Thank you!"
Nov 8, 2023

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KnifeMaker
How did you hear about iKnifeCollector?
Internet
Do you currently subscribe to any knife publication (offline)
Yes
How long have you collected knives?
16- 20 years
Favorite Kind of Knives
Bowie
About Me
Bladesmith specializing on Bowie’s and hunters with a story.
Interests
History and metallurgy.
Other Hobbies
Outdoors.

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A BLADESMITHS SHOP

Posted on January 16, 2024 at 13:08 4 Comments

We got snowed in with a dusting of snow and I thought I'd share the tools in a blade smiths shop.  Certainly, this isn't every tool and they can vary from shop to shop with what the smith needs to make their style of knife.

The king of the shop is the Anvil.  The most common style, and the one most think of when they hear "anvil" is the London Pattern which began in the late 1700's, sometimes those early ones are referred to as a "colonial".  By the mid 1800's the London Pattern anvil…

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Cable Damascus, The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Forging Wire Rope Into A Blade

Posted on June 29, 2023 at 18:39 2 Comments

Many years ago when I first got into knife making one of the first books I got mentioned forging crane cable into a blade.  I found that fascinated and wanted to try it.  At that time there wasn't a lot of information on the subject.  Here are some things I learned.

Steel rope, or as I like to call it "crane cable" can be divided into 2 steel families.  The first is stainless, these cables are either 200 or 300 grade austenitic stainless.  This isn't a grade that is suitable for…

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At 19:06 on August 4, 2023, Ellis H. Roberson said…

Hey James.. Treat.  We keep in touch

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