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Sam Haverkamp
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PostPosted: Mon 13 Oct, 2008 10:38 am    Post subject: Highland Dirk (Stag Handled) scabby fittings         Reply with quote

Greetings,
I am hoping the owner of this scabby will post some pictures with the Dirk when its all done. The customer wanted a Stag and Dog theme. The customer gets what the customer wants....
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PostPosted: Mon 13 Oct, 2008 11:02 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Oh aye, like very much! (Drool, slobber, pant pant pant) Laughing Out Loud Cool Exclamation
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PostPosted: Mon 13 Oct, 2008 1:06 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Your work never ceases to amaze me. That is art.

Some day I hope to own something worthy of your skills. As it is I'm afraid commissioning something at your level of craftsmanship for my only decent blade, a Windlass type XII hand & 1/2 would be like sticking a diamond in a goats bumm. It would still be just a goat and insulting to the gem cutter.
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PostPosted: Mon 13 Oct, 2008 7:02 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Great stuff! Truly decorative work. I assume that's plated, or is it steel? I wish I had your mad skill with metal.

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Would look good with a supermodel holding them...

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PostPosted: Mon 13 Oct, 2008 9:45 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Impressive as always: Beautiful work. Cool
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PostPosted: Tue 14 Oct, 2008 9:02 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks you guys!
J.D,
I don't see why your sword couldn't command a fine scabbard. I don't even make scabbards, so I need folk to send them to me before I can do anything. Sad
I can make simple details as well. People commision these kind of ornate designs because I do my best to pull them off.

I am still learning my craft and hope to get to the "Barta" level in the future.

Brian,
Seriously though, I wish I had your Mad skills with leather. I would be unstoppable in the Mad skills Dept.

Here is a "blurry" pic with the details in place.
The customer who owns this is a photographer, so there should be some nice pictures when he gets his Dirk into it.
Oh yeah, this is copper with heavy nickel plating.
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PostPosted: Tue 14 Oct, 2008 10:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I wish we could see both those mad skills come together on a project soon . A DBK scabbard sporting S. Haverkamp chape and locket would be a sight to behold.

If my monthly lottery ticket ever hits the jackpot I will have Mr. Barta make me a Sutton Hoo type blade and then see about getting you 2 together for a joint project.
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PostPosted: Tue 14 Oct, 2008 4:28 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

J. D. Carter wrote:
I wish we could see both those mad skills come together on a project soon . A DBK scabbard sporting S. Haverkamp chape and locket would be a sight to behold.

If my monthly lottery ticket ever hits the jackpot I will have Mr. Barta make me a Sutton Hoo type blade and then see about getting you 2 together for a joint project.


We just need someone to commission both of us on a project. Wink

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PostPosted: Tue 14 Oct, 2008 9:03 pm    Post subject: 12th-13th Century historically accurate Scabbard.         Reply with quote

Sure Brian,
I usually only work with my homeboy Russ, but Im sure he he wont mind if we work something up just this once. If your In Russ's cue and want to look at doing something like this let him know.

I would really like to do a historically accurate scabbard design based on an effigy. Anybody out there having similar thoughts?

I cant seem to get pictures of effigies large enough to really see the details.
A little help would be great, Chad?
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PostPosted: Wed 15 Oct, 2008 5:05 am    Post subject: Re: 12th-13th Century historically accurate Scabbard.         Reply with quote

Sam Haverkamp wrote:
I cant seem to get pictures of effigies large enough to really see the details.
A little help would be great, Chad?
Thanks
Sam


Well, if you want to get technical, brasses (like what you posted) are often classified differently than effigies. Effigies are 3D sculptures. Brasses are 2D plates of brass. Happy

There are a number of threads around here where I've posted scabbard pictures. A search should help you out.

There are also some good books on brasses in my reading list.

There are other great sources on the web. A Google search will help you.

Happy

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PostPosted: Wed 15 Oct, 2008 11:07 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Chad,
Ah yes I see my error posting that picture. It was more to show what I was looking for in term of a scabby to reproduce.
I have been searching online but need to spend more it appears.
I guess Im looking for something that has very ornate metalwork to justify spending the time trying to reproduce it. Most of the pictures I have found so far dont show the kind of detail I need.

Thanks for the response.
Sam
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PostPosted: Tue 21 Oct, 2008 3:15 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Greetings,
The owner of the Dirk was really happy with the way this turned out, which of course makes me feel great and that all the hard work, working for peanuts, etc, paid off.
This is a really nice dagger!!
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PostPosted: Tue 21 Oct, 2008 3:18 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Interesting, though there isn't anything really 15th century about it. Happy I wouldn't even call it a true Scottish dirk.

But it's a nice knife and scabbard. Happy

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PostPosted: Tue 21 Oct, 2008 3:52 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Even if this dirk isn't really a 15th century design, it's still a wonderful interpretation of a contemporary "Day" dirk, and would be most excellent as informal wear. Simply outstanding, I think! IF only I had this kind of skill...
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PostPosted: Tue 21 Oct, 2008 4:24 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks Guys,
Yeah, upon closer inspection my interpretation needs some help Blush
I just got the core sent to me and knew it was home for a Horned (Real), old style, Custom Dirk.
It is a nice piece of steel though Big Grin

Cheers and thanks again!

Sam
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PostPosted: Tue 21 Oct, 2008 5:17 pm    Post subject: Engenath Dirk with Haverkamp Fittings         Reply with quote

Sam Haverkamp wrote:
Thanks Guys,
Yeah, upon closer inspection my interpretation needs some help Blush
I just got the core sent to me and knew it was home for a Horned (Real), old style, Custom Dirk.
It is a nice piece of steel though Big Grin

Cheers and thanks again!

Sam


Sam: I am delighted with the way this came together. You are truly the wizard of relief metalworking. I haven't any idea how you actually do what you do, but the effect is very satisfying.

I don't think of this as being a historical piece, but more of an interpretive one with considerable emotional connection for me. I bought this rough ground blade and the hilt components from Bob Engenath before his death and it took a number of years to get them this far. When I bought the blade, I asked Bob what he thought would make a nice dirk but wouldn't be to hard to finish. I had just completed a Sheffield Bowie blade of his making (Yaller Bar if any of you still have an old catalog of his) and it took a LONG time to finish it to my satisfaction. He used to rough grind the blades and then heat treat them, so you are hand polishing a very HARD blade, which takes quite a long time, especially if you are teaching yourself how to do a hand polish at the same time. He handed me the stag crown and German silver bar which eventually became the hilt as you see it. The knife was in a custom maker's shop for a number of years, lost to all but him. He had kindly offered to finish it for me, but due to a series of unfortunate circumstances, it languished in his shop. When I finally got it back, I took the opportunity to complete the polish on the blade, antique the horn a little bit, refine the shape of the guard and make the leather covered scabbard core. Sam performed his inimitable magic on the chape and locket and here we are.

I have a couple of Engenath do-it-yourself blades and I cherish them both. He was a remarkable craftsman. It may not be period correct, but I wouldn't feel too out of place with it on my belt as part of contemporary highland dress. It certainly has great presence in person.
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PostPosted: Tue 21 Oct, 2008 5:57 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Excellent work. I really like the end result.
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PostPosted: Wed 22 Oct, 2008 7:07 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Richard, that's a wonderful story behind your dirk. It's just this kind of connectivity that makes all things Scottish so culturally enriched and fascinating! Sometimes the story behind a thing can be better than the thing itself - in this case, both are great. Happy
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PostPosted: Wed 22 Oct, 2008 10:00 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Richard,
I feel really lucky to have been able to work on this project. Im glad that your Dirk has come full circle and I was able to be a small part of that great story. I think you did a great job on the Dagger and Scabbard and how much better is it when you have your own sweat and maybe a little blood into it.

In the end, thats really why I do this work. I am a full time Mechanical Engineer with a large family. Yep folks, 8 kids, can you believe it? The time it takes to complete these projects is substancial and the financial end really doesnt pencil. I do it because I have an uncurable lust for ornate metalwork and to feel like I am part of something a little bigger, like this story.

Sorry everyone for flubbing the historic part, I had in my brain that those stag handled dirks were from the highlands (old School)


Brian and Christopher, thanks for the encouraging comments, you guys are too cool!

Sam
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PostPosted: Wed 22 Oct, 2008 10:11 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Sometimes we all get so caught up in historical details that we miss the beauty and detail in the workmanship of something new.

Beautiful Work Sam and Richard. And Bob, wherever you are, that's an amazing blade you made.
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