Bowie from SP5

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  1. Draven

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    Howdy folks,
    Being in the desert, I've started appreciating big blades. Axes are a waste of effort here for the most part (not enough wood) and small knives - well, everything here wants to stab you. A big knife seems a nice compromise, with some chopping power and reach. I've tried a parang (Condor Mini Duku) and like it, but haven't settled on it as the perfect choice. Anyway, I bought an Ontario SP5 and SP10 - the SP10 I haven't touched yet other than stripping the paint (it's heavier than what I want for a general use knife, but I'm open to being convinced), the SP5 I have "reworked" (putting it a bit mildly). Here's the starting point:

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    I went with a frame tang to give the look of a full tang. I wasn't concerned about strength (the tang is 1/4" thick and about 3/4" wide at the blade-tang junction), it was just an aesthetic choice because of the handle shape I was going with:
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    Little gap at the base due to a bad measurement (first measurement was good, funnily enough... I'm guessing I forgot the guard thickness). The frame was too narrow at the top for pins, so I stepped it down to fit in the 1/4" collar which it was then soldered to. The guard is soldered to the blade independently. Also shown is the honey mesquite I chose for a handle material. I ground down the ricasso area a bit as well - this was mainly because I feel it's safer for a finger-forward grip but it also served to center the tang.

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    All the pin holes were drilled before gluing it up, but here it is after gluing and pinning the mesquite to the frame. This allowed me to completely shape the handle without risking messing up the guard. It was then epoxied and pinned in place, finish sanded and oiled. It was a very snug fit, packed lots of epoxy in and had lots ooze out, so I'm happy! The pins were lightly riveted to expand in the holes and then filed flush.
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    Sheath made with veg tan leather, sealed with beeswax - no other coloring used. Can switch between a dangler or plain leather loop. Since the blade is decently long, I just made it a snug fit with no other retention. I may add a leather loop just as a fail-safe. The mesquite was finished with danish oil, but it's so dense I'd be surprised if it was really necessary.

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    Comments welcome! I'm thrilled with how it came out - probably my most ambitious knife mod yet, but it went together pretty well. If I can ever settle on a handle shape for my SP10 bowie, I'll probably do a similar construction.

    Have a good un!
    Pete
     
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    Nice ! I too have found a bowie size and style useful in my area. Long blades are nice when harvesting prickly pear tunas or pads. Keeps my knuckles from being punctured so much.
     
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    Thanks GreyOne! Those prickly pears are tasty but sure can be vicious too. I used to think gloves were only for the cold!
     
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    That is really nice looking. The handle, guard and bolster are much nicer than the knife itself. Great job.
     
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    That really looks nice. I would love to rework my CS Recon scout like this.
     
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    NICE.
     
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    that knife is unrecognizable, in the best way possible. hell of a job.
     
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    Your knife came out great - nice job! Your leatherwork looks great too, a nice complement to the knife style.
     
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    Thank you very much folks! :D
     
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    hello,
    I likey.. :cool:
    Regards
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    I would love to do something like this to my sp10!
    Nice job
     
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    Thanks again folks!
    tleek, I'm sure you could - in all, it could have been all done with a hacksaw, files, drill and propane blowtorch (one of the plumbing ones). I used an angle grinder, drill press, MAP torch and belt sander in addition to those for speed, but that's it!

    I still can't settle on a route for my SP10 - stag would be nice though!
     
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    You did a much better job than I did with my SP50. Looks great
     
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    Beautiful job. What a transformation.

    Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
     
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    That turned out really well. It makes the blade look like a period piece instead of a modern knife. Well done!

    Steve
     
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    Wow!:35:
     
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    Thanks y'all, you're too kind :)
     
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    Outstanding mods! I like it..
     
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    Man that's one fine looking knife great Job! buddy .. Looks Awesome
     
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    very nice
     
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    Great job! It looks more like a desert kind of knife now. Did yours come with a short serrated section at the base?
     
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    Love what you did with that knife great job.
     
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    This. ^^^
     
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    That is so great!!
     
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