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Clyde Hollis
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PostPosted: Mon 11 Dec, 2006 4:38 pm    Post subject: Daniel Searles Bowie Knife from Generation 2         Reply with quote

Well the final proto-types are in and it looks (to me that is) Great!
I do believe this is the most beautiful Bowie we have done.
So without further ado. Ahem.


Here are the Specs:
Blade Length: 9 3/4"
Blade Width: 1 3/4"
Overall Length: 15 5/16"
Handle Material: Exotic Hardwood
Weight: 1 lb 0.8 oz.

And the Price $209.00

Allright, now....Feedback please.WTF?!

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PostPosted: Mon 11 Dec, 2006 7:24 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very, very well done. I'm impressed with the improvements that were made.
Constant and true.
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PostPosted: Tue 12 Dec, 2006 6:42 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ditto that. I wonder what Hugh has to say about it. Is Hugh going to get this one or one like it?
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PostPosted: Tue 12 Dec, 2006 6:48 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Not a bad rendition of one of my favorite bowie designs.

I'd make that circular cut-out in the blades shoulder a bit larger for aesthetic reasons. I'd also go with either a frog stud or a suspension ring on the locket, not both.


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PostPosted: Tue 12 Dec, 2006 6:48 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Russ Ellis wrote:
Ditto that. I wonder what Hugh has to say about it. Is Hugh going to get this one or one like it?


Yes it will be shipping to him today.

So I am sure you will see some post from him.

I only had time to put up the page, but I have not put it on the front page.
Here is the link:
http://www.imperialweapons.com/knives/Ip-203.html

Enjoy!

Thanks for the complements.

Clyde
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Russ Ellis
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PostPosted: Tue 12 Dec, 2006 8:46 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Clyde Hollis wrote:


Yes it will be shipping to him today.

So I am sure you will see some post from him.

I only had time to put up the page, but I have not put it on the front page.
Here is the link:
http://www.imperialweapons.com/knives/Ip-203.html

Enjoy!

Thanks for the complements.

Clyde


Outstanding! He was very excited about it... and I am excited for him! Happy

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PostPosted: Tue 12 Dec, 2006 9:11 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It looks really nice, Clyde! After a recent disappointment on a custom order Sad , I will be eagerly anticipating your shipment. Happy

Thanks for the early Christmas present! Big Grin

Yours truly,
Hugh Fuller

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PostPosted: Fri 15 Dec, 2006 7:54 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I received the knife last night and it is far and away the best of the replicas that Clyde has done to date. The knife just feels so alive in your hand. The blade is not so thick as on the Dixie replica, but it is more than strong enough. The balance point is exactly at the front of the guard. This is not so much a chopper as the Musso Bowie or the Iron Mistress Bowie are as it is a thrusting weapon and a slicing weapon. The curious thing about the blade that doen't show in the pics is that there is a section, from the spine and for about 3/4" into the blade that retains the full thickness of the blade before the taper starts. From that point, it is a flat grind all of the way to the edge.

I had wondered at the swell in the hilt, but it makes the grip that much firmer and the checkering works very well.

The sheath is all leather with metal trim and considerably lighter than the sheaths that come with the Musso and the Iron Mistress. I much prefer it and it is very much in keeping with the historicity of the piece. I assume that the metal trim is stainless steel as it is on the Irom Mistress, but whatever it is, it is very well done. The overall image of the knife and sheath is that of something that a sophisticated gentleman would carry in a time and place where duels were common and knives were one of the prime choices before the arrival of Col. Colt's revolver.

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Russ Ellis
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PostPosted: Fri 15 Dec, 2006 8:32 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hugh Fuller wrote:
I received the knife last night and it is far and away the best of the replicas that Clyde has done to date. The knife just feels so alive in your hand. The blade is not so thick as on the Dixie replica, but it is more than strong enough. The balance point is exactly at the front of the guard. This is not so much a chopper as the Musso Bowie or the Iron Mistress Bowie are as it is a thrusting weapon and a slicing weapon. The curious thing about the blade that doen't show in the pics is that there is a section, from the spine and for about 3/4" into the blade that retains the full thickness of the blade before the taper starts. From that point, it is a flat grind all of the way to the edge.

I had wondered at the swell in the hilt, but it makes the grip that much firmer and the checkering works very well.

The sheath is all leather with metal trim and considerably lighter than the sheaths that come with the Musso and the Iron Mistress. I much prefer it and it is very much in keeping with the historicity of the piece. I assume that the metal trim is stainless steel as it is on the Irom Mistress, but whatever it is, it is very well done. The overall image of the knife and sheath is that of something that a sophisticated gentleman would carry in a time and place where duels were common and knives were one of the prime choices before the arrival of Col. Colt's revolver.


Congratulations Hugh, I am glad that you are pleased. Happy You certainly could not beat the price!

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PostPosted: Fri 15 Dec, 2006 4:50 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Searles Bowies are my favorite of the Bowie style, and overall I think this ones a beaut. My only
critique is the lack of rounding on ends of the wood which makes the grip look just a tad too rectangular.
Small beef that, esp. when you consider the price!

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Clyde Hollis
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PostPosted: Tue 26 Dec, 2006 9:31 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hey Hugh,

Have you been able to take any pictures?

We have some nice pictures already, but I thought you were probablt going to take some pictures of the Searles Bowie I did not take.

Have a Happy New Year!

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PostPosted: Tue 26 Dec, 2006 12:19 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Clyde, I do intend to post some, but it will be a bit for me to get them transferred to a medium that I can use with the computer in my office.
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PostPosted: Thu 04 Jan, 2007 11:06 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It is amazing what you find on shelves once you go through them throughly.

Found 5 more Iron Mistress Bowie knives.

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PostPosted: Thu 15 Feb, 2007 7:36 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

According to a post in SwordFrums, Clyde is expecting to receive his first shipment of production models of the Searles Bowie in about 2 weeks and will begin shipping them at that time.
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Clyde Hollis
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PostPosted: Tue 27 Feb, 2007 9:31 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hugh Fuller wrote:
According to a post in SwordFrums, Clyde is expecting to receive his first shipment of production models of the Searles Bowie in about 2 weeks and will begin shipping them at that time.


They are in and shipped. Looking for reviews. Cool
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PostPosted: Wed 28 Feb, 2007 7:42 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The more that I play with my Searles Bowie, the more that I like it. I really do feel that it is Clyde's best effort to date as far as Bowies go. It is a very guick and extremely handy knife despite its considerable size.
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