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    Default Moving forward with custom Bowie

    A long while ago fine members of this forum helped me discern the dimensions of the Tell Sackett Bowie. I am finally moving forward with this unicorn. I just do not know what steels to consider. So I turn to you knowledgeable folk what steel would you choose for the following.

    The blade is approx 11 1/4 in length plus handle.

    Pacific north west environment.

    A viking mountain man would carry it through the apocalypse and pass it down to the next generation. (I have been informed I break equipment to frequently)

    I am in no way concerned about period correctness the sackett bowie is merely a frame for inspiration.

    I appreciate your insight.

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    If I was building it, I would consider differentially tempered 5160. Even I would have to work to break that!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Holmesmade View Post
    If I was building it, I would consider differentially tempered 5160. Even I would have to work to break that!


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    I assume by your comment you construct said items. Do you have a website?

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    Oh man Tell is my favorite Sackett in both the books and movie. In fact most my life I've wanted to be Tell Sackett... I wish ya all the best in your endeavor, please be sure to post the finished product!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trust no one View Post
    I assume by your comment you construct said items. Do you have a website?

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    I build stuff for myself to stay out of trouble!
    In a large Bowie, differentially tempered 5160 would take an insane amount of abuse.
    O-1 and 1095 would be good steels, as well, but 5160 takes impact and lateral force a bit better. It may not hold an edge exactly like 1095, but it won't be too far off and will be just as easy to sharpen and touch up.
    I have a personal dream for a 14" straight clipped Bowie, about 3/16" thick and 2 1/2" wide with moderate distal taper, 2" wide flat grind and convexed edge. Edge quenching or drawing the spine on a full quenched blade would make this monster pretty dang difficult to break without deliberately trying.
    I'm not tooled for anything this large and couldn't afford to send it out for heat treat, so it remains a dream.
    It's not like I have any real use for it, anyway.

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    Appreciate the insight. I have recently undertaken a goal of minimalism and realized a quality large knife will aide in this endeavor. That being said I still want it to be awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wrong Way View Post
    Oh man Tell is my favorite Sackett in both the books and movie. In fact most my life I've wanted to be Tell Sackett... I wish ya all the best in your endeavor, please be sure to post the finished product!
    Oh of course. Out of everyone I know who has read the Sacketts the majority of guys prefer Tyrell and the Ladies have a healthy lean towards Orrin. I prefer Tell he would be one to ride the river with and would be a hoot at a campfire.

    Full disclosure my favorite L'Amour character is probably Bendigo Shafter

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