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Howard Waddell
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PostPosted: Mon 22 Aug, 2005 6:52 am    Post subject: Mike's first knife...         Reply with quote

Mike Sigman has turned his hand to knifemaking... this is his first effort. I liked it so much, I bought it before he had even finished it!



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PostPosted: Mon 22 Aug, 2005 7:05 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

A tip of the bonnet to 'ol Mikey ...... Albion is just full of talented souls !

Lookout though ...... Mike might be turning in his phone for a hammer ;-)

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PostPosted: Mon 22 Aug, 2005 7:11 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Kudos to Mike on a fine looking knife! I'm looking forward to seeing your next project!
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PostPosted: Mon 22 Aug, 2005 7:28 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow Mike! Very nice! Careful, Peter, you may have some competition from within the company! Razz Laughing Out Loud
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PostPosted: Mon 22 Aug, 2005 8:13 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hey nice job Mike! I've been expecting this sort of announcement for a while... I don't think anyone could spend that much time around so many sharp and pointies and eventually not want to try their hand at it. So is this going to be a sideline business or a hobby or just a step on the way to making swords or what?
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PostPosted: Mon 22 Aug, 2005 8:21 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's a darned good first effort sexy! I like the overall shape and size very much.
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PostPosted: Mon 22 Aug, 2005 1:05 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow guys!! Thanks a lot. This really means a lot.

Jason has been taking some of his free time on the weekends to show me the ropes. Had some talks with Jody as well about it. I have been wanting to try this for a while and finally am able to get a little free times on the weekends to give it a whirl. Going to be starting another one shortly I hope.

I really appreciate the comments guys. Thanks a million!!!!

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PostPosted: Mon 22 Aug, 2005 1:17 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Michael Sigman wrote:
Wow guys!! Thanks a lot. This really means a lot.

Jason has been taking some of his free time on the weekends to show me the ropes. Had some talks with Jody as well about it. I have been wanting to try this for a while and finally am able to get a little free times on the weekends to give it a whirl. Going to be starting another one shortly I hope.

I really appreciate the comments guys. Thanks a million!!!!



Mike, I knew you were world class but didn't know just how much. That's really nice.

Someday I'll have to commision a deuling bowie from you. Big Grin

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PostPosted: Mon 22 Aug, 2005 1:46 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hey Mike, that looks fantastic man!!! It's great to see you make blades yourself now!!
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PostPosted: Mon 22 Aug, 2005 5:38 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Mike;

Nice knife, no need for qualifiers like " for a first knife " Wink Laughing Out Loud

Very nice flowing lines going from convex to concave it just feels right ! The only thing I might change, very slightly, are the bevels of the false edge which may just be hard to see at the angle of the photograph: Even if not sharpened I personally like the look of a false edge bevel.

But that is just design nit picking on my part Razz Laughing Out Loud

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PostPosted: Mon 22 Aug, 2005 6:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

congratulations Mike! It's 100% better than my first attempt at making a knife! Happy
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PostPosted: Mon 22 Aug, 2005 6:35 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very cool, Mike Cool ! I know how you are all about the very little sharp and pointies.

. . . Now, I know some folks have already mentioned stepping from here into swords and all, but let's just set the swords aside for a minute and get back to the business at hand. . .




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PostPosted: Mon 22 Aug, 2005 8:19 pm    Post subject: Like it!         Reply with quote

Hey Mike!
I like the blade design on that a lot! Care to give us any specs and sources of inspiration?
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PostPosted: Tue 23 Aug, 2005 4:10 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Mike,
I really like that knife. I look forward to seeing more!

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PostPosted: Tue 23 Aug, 2005 6:41 am    Post subject: Re: Like it!         Reply with quote

Thanks again guys. Your thoughts mean a lot.

Darwin Todd wrote:
Hey Mike!
I like the blade design on that a lot! Care to give us any specs and sources of inspiration?


The blade is made out of 6150 and the wood is curly cherry. Thickness is 1/4" at the spine, blade length is 7 1/2" and the overall is 12".

I just love Bowie's and that is why I went with a Bowie as my first knife.

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PostPosted: Tue 23 Aug, 2005 6:49 am    Post subject: Re: Like it!         Reply with quote

Michael Sigman wrote:
Thanks again guys. Your thoughts mean a lot.

Darwin Todd wrote:
Hey Mike!
I like the blade design on that a lot! Care to give us any specs and sources of inspiration?


The blade is made out of 6150 and the wood is curly cherry. Thickness is 1/4" at the spine, blade length is 7 1/2" and the overall is 12".

I just love Bowie's and that is why I went with a Bowie as my first knife.


Something that Mike has neglected to mention is that this blade was hollow-ground. Mike kinda jumped into the deep end right away with blade-making and started swimming. Laughing Out Loud

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PostPosted: Tue 23 Aug, 2005 1:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Like it!         Reply with quote

Jason Dingledine wrote:

Something that Mike has neglected to mention is that this blade was hollow-ground. Mike kinda jumped into the deep end right away with blade-making and started swimming. Laughing Out Loud


Damn Mike, nice job! Eek! Big Grin Eek! Big Grin

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PostPosted: Tue 23 Aug, 2005 7:25 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Bonus points for the hollow grind Big Grin

. . . so, bowies, you say. . .

Here's two in my collection from South of the Big River. Brass hiltwork, bone grips, the big one is just shy of 14" overall, the little one is 12" even, your guess on vintage is as good as mine. They feel nice in the hand, the big one with a little blade presence and the small one balanced closer to the hilt and very quick. Maybe not the best pieces in the world, but something about them just clicked with me; I probably should have passed them along a long time ago but for some reason they just keep sticking with me. . .



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PostPosted: Fri 26 Aug, 2005 6:55 am    Post subject: Re: Like it!         Reply with quote

I really like that rounded edge on it Cool Great work Mike!

Jason Dingledine wrote:
Mike kinda jumped into the deep end right away with blade-making and started swimming. Laughing Out Loud



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PostPosted: Fri 26 Aug, 2005 4:11 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

No fair! I wanna come up and play, too! Laughing Out Loud

Mike, that's outstanding work, no qualifiers necessary or possible. Happy
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