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Joel D
07-24-2010, 01:24 PM
Well, it's my interpretation of a 17th Century belt knife. I used a stag horn crow handle, with a poured, lead free pewter bolster. It's the first time I use pewter, and made a bolster on one of my knives, and I am very pleased with the result. The blade has a stick tang, which is pinned into the handle with a riveted steel pin. I have filed a decorative pattern into the horn, then poured the molten pewter into it.

The knife is 10" long, with a 5" triangular, hand filed blade. I have also done a bit of file work on the spine.

The sheath is not done yet, but is going to be a simple affair, with a leather cord to attach it to the belt.



That one is a bit blurred...:(


This is the first time I have used pewter and I have learned a lot from this first foray into casting metals. I am going to write a tutorial on my blog in the next few days, for those who might be interested.

Sgt. Mac
07-24-2010, 01:27 PM
WOW beautiful Joel!! Nce file work on the spine. That is very sweet. Great job!

07-24-2010, 01:36 PM
Very nice knife, almost mountain man.

07-24-2010, 01:38 PM
Beautiful work Joel, looking forward to the write up!

07-24-2010, 01:41 PM
Very nice indeed! That's most certainly a knife you can take pride in, great job. :D

07-24-2010, 02:24 PM
That cast bolster turned out very nice indeed !

Mtnfolk Mike
07-24-2010, 02:39 PM
oh WOW... that is a beauty...:eek:

Mr. Tettnanger
07-24-2010, 02:56 PM
Wow and double WOW!

Please educate us as to how you fabricated that bolster! That is really sharp!

07-24-2010, 04:20 PM
WOW that is an awesome piece Bro can't wait to see the sheath.

07-24-2010, 04:24 PM
Nice, that came out great.

old man dave
07-24-2010, 04:42 PM
very nice work.

Joel D
07-24-2010, 05:07 PM
Wow and double WOW!

Please educate us as to how you fabricated that bolster! That is really sharp!

I am planning a crooked knife with cast bolster/inlay, I am making a couple of blades and will take pics of the making of it. It's an experience, you have to be a bit careful with the molten metal, I certainly was but still found spatters on my trouser leg and shoes...:eek:

07-24-2010, 05:53 PM

07-24-2010, 05:54 PM
That is beautiful!



07-24-2010, 06:45 PM
that looks great! OL' timey and usefull

07-24-2010, 07:22 PM
That is a beauty to be sure! Your pewter work is very nice! You fused to the horn flawlessly.

Pewter work can also get addictive hahaha, be careful.

Adventure Sworn
07-24-2010, 07:28 PM
That is VERY impressive man.

07-24-2010, 07:32 PM
Very impressive work, haven't seen that type of bolster ever done before. Excellent looking blade also, all around a very nice knife friend.

07-24-2010, 08:53 PM
Very nice I really like the file work.

07-24-2010, 09:13 PM
That is one handsome blade.

07-24-2010, 09:52 PM
Beautiful knife. The blade looks like the GRK Dadley. Much nicer though.

07-24-2010, 10:00 PM
......... sooooo how much you want for it? :P

07-24-2010, 10:02 PM
Man that is Sexxxy!
Love it!

07-24-2010, 11:23 PM
Very cool. I like the simplicity, it has class and elegance.

07-24-2010, 11:32 PM
That's a beaut....

07-25-2010, 03:40 AM
Thats a real work of art.I'd be afraid to take it out in the field for fear of buggering it up. Great job.


07-25-2010, 10:27 AM
Great lines/curve! Awesome

07-25-2010, 10:51 AM
top notch Joel!