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Bolsters, there are so many different kinds and types of materials. I was wondering if some of you had favorites.

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Comment by Robert Burris on May 20, 2014 at 17:26

Yahoo! I'm inspiring people around the world....lol

  Good luck with it, Alex. Show us some photos when you're done.

Comment by Jan Carter on May 20, 2014 at 17:00

Excellent Alexander!  Can't wait to see it

Comment by Alexander Noot on May 20, 2014 at 2:14

This thread inspired me to plan on doing some bolsters in the near future.


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Comment by Robert Burris on May 16, 2014 at 16:38

I just love those Bolsters.

Comment by Jan Carter on May 16, 2014 at 16:30

Over the years Bolsters have been used to distinguish a maker's knives.  A way to not have to reinvent the wheel, or the knife as the case may be


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Comment by Robert Burris on May 15, 2014 at 15:06

I like brass bolsters over nickel silver ones. They just seem more dressy in my opinion. Of course the type of handle material makes a difference on the type bolster also.

Comment by John Bamford on May 15, 2014 at 13:43

I have limited experience but slippie's mostly seem to be nickel silver, I like nickel silver bolsters ,just as well I guess. GEC did a Cotton Sampler with brass bolsters a while ago and I seem to remember seeing something about a knife with copper ones ? 


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Comment by Robert Burris on May 14, 2014 at 16:58

Real nice, Peter. Great work.

Comment by Peter Howard on May 14, 2014 at 16:53

Are we counting fixed blades :) Because I enjoy doing two tone wood bolsters, doesn't add anything but looks of course but it was also a challenge, got "bored" or rather wanted to try something different with some handles, i think they come out rather spiffy :)



I've tried putting slipjoints together without bolsters, it works, but on most of them i ended up feeling it needed a bolster (functioning) don't know why, just a feeling in use i guess. can't get the idea that a bolster takes the pressure of the wood when doing a stronger cut out my mind.


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Comment by Robert Burris on May 13, 2014 at 16:11

Some have a function and some do not. The design of the knife may make it unnecessary for it to have one that is functional.  

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