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Don Halter
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PostPosted: Mon 20 Dec, 2004 2:49 pm    Post subject: Purple Dirk         Reply with quote

Here's one I finally finished up for a friend out in California. I had fun with this one and have been messing with it on and off for over a year before finally finishing it up. The single edged blade is 1050 steel which has been claycoated and quenched like I do my Japanese blades...kind of. It has a neat blotchy "hamon". The handle has a stainless frame around the tang an the purpleheart slabs are pinned through it. I figured using stainless on the section where sweat and such are would help reduce any handle corrosion. The tang is a through the pommel and peened down tight. The gaurd is brass/copper mokume with a fileworked stainless spacer.

The scabbard is purpleheart with a lacewood spacer and figured oak upper throat section. I thought of the laced leather upper while watching my wife make a bodice for a lady Big Grin . I think it has a nice "medieval feel" to it. I wet the leather, applied a bit of wood glue, then laced and let dry. It's pretty permanent now! Anyway, onto the pics.....


Blade length:11.5"
Overall length: 16"
Steel: 1050 plain carbon steel
Handle: purpleheart wood
Fittings:brass/copper mokume
Sheath: purpleheart, lacewood, oak, leather
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Daniel W. Holayter





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PostPosted: Mon 20 Dec, 2004 5:41 pm    Post subject: Dirk         Reply with quote

Most excellent! The laced frog around the scabbard really sets off the beauty of the wood. Fine work indeed.
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Joel Chesser




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PostPosted: Mon 20 Dec, 2004 11:22 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Eek! WOW! I am duly impressed
..." The person who dosen't have a sword should sell his coat and buy one."

- Luke 22:36


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PostPosted: Mon 20 Dec, 2004 11:28 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Yeah, Joel, I as well. Quite nice.
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Kirk Lee Spencer




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PostPosted: Tue 21 Dec, 2004 7:13 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Don...

Fantastic job on that one... I love the graceful lines and beautiful color.

Would love to see some more of your work. Big Grin

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Don Halter
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PostPosted: Tue 21 Dec, 2004 9:28 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The university closes in a day, so i don't have to be back at work until the 3rd of January. I should be able to finish up a pair of seaxes and a couple tantos. I'll post pics here when they're done. My time lately has been taken up with a couple armour projects and a knife competition piece.

Here's a link to the comp piece which I just finished:
http://knifenetwork.com/forum/showthread.php?p=182616#post182616
It was meant to be a fun contest...and definitely was. Mine was a unique twist on a Japanese blade! Laughing Out Loud

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Ben Sweet




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PostPosted: Tue 21 Dec, 2004 11:09 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Now that is a beauty!

Any chance to see larger pics? When I click on the pic it opens a new window but the pic is only tiny bit bigger...
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