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  BOWMAKERS KNIFE

 

This is my basic model.  The straight edged, right bevel, square handled. twisted silver wrapped bowmakers knife.  There are many variations of this knife.  Please click on the pictures to see them.

 

THE BLADE

I hand grind the blade from A2 tool steel then harden and temper to 60-61 Hrc  The large secondary bevel is hollow ground to a mirror finish.  The cutting edge is actually a micro-bevel honed to to a razor edge.  The back is lapped flat also to a mirror finish.  Each one carries my mark.  

 

 

THE HANDLE

The wood is Texas Mesquite.  It is a very hard, dense and stable wood .  The ends are capped with water buffalo horn.  It is wrapped with twisted fine silver and a silver tube pierces it allowing the knife to be hung up out of the way but visible.   I also hand shape and finish the handle.

 

 

DIMENSIONS

Overall length is 8.5"

 

Blade is 1" wide by 6" long by .1875"  thick.  It extends full width 3.5 " into the handle giving it the right amount of weight and balance.

 

Handle is is 1.25" wide  by 6" long by .750 thick.

 

 

                                             

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