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John Gage
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PostPosted: Wed 14 Jun, 2006 6:24 pm    Post subject: New Ballock Dagger         Reply with quote

Hello,

I am just about to finish up a ballock dagger that i will be adding to my lineup and would love to get some feedback as you will be seeing more historically inspired blades from me. These will also be offered with matching scabbards.

Here are the specs.

15" overall
10" blade
3/8" hollow ground 1075 high carbon steel
bloodwood with brass grip

Regards,

John



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PostPosted: Wed 14 Jun, 2006 7:33 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

You know you have my vote. Thats I nice lookin' ballock! Errr...dagger. Blush
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PostPosted: Wed 14 Jun, 2006 7:41 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Now that is nice. Cool Cool Cool

Part of the lineup ? Any pricing details you would like to share. Wink Big Grin I can't afford to be tempted right now but others may want one NOW.

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PostPosted: Wed 14 Jun, 2006 8:40 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

John,

My feedback is on both the more and less historical side of things, you keep doing nice work. Its going to be fun watching you develop your own niche.

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PostPosted: Thu 15 Jun, 2006 7:18 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

B. Stark wrote:
You know you have my vote. Thats I nice lookin' ballock! Errr...dagger. Blush



Thanx Brett.

I hope all is going well for you. Happy Keep in touch.

John

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PostPosted: Thu 15 Jun, 2006 7:34 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Jean Thibodeau wrote:
Now that is nice. Cool Cool Cool

Part of the lineup ? Any pricing details you would like to share. Wink Big Grin I can't afford to be tempted right now but others may want one NOW.



Thank you Jean Happy,

Yes I am offering these with a few options such as wood type, ebony, bloodwood, black walnut, ironwood etc. as well as choice of hilt fittings brass, steel, and bronze. The type of ballock pictured will come with a wood core leather covered scabbard with a chape, locket and frog for $850.00.

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John

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PostPosted: Thu 15 Jun, 2006 7:36 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Joe Fults wrote:
John,

My feedback is on both the more and less historical side of things, you keep doing nice work. Its going to be fun watching you develop your own niche.


Hi Joe,

Thank you, i do appreciate it. Happy

John

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PostPosted: Fri 16 Jun, 2006 7:44 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

I have been thinking of the price that i quoted and i would like to drop the price to $700 for a limited time. The reason for this is many of you have not seen my work first hand and i would like to change that. If the price is still out of range for any of you who may be interested i do offer payment options. Half or a quater down would get you in my queue.
Please feel free to PM me if interested as I will be happy to work something out with you.

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John

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PostPosted: Fri 16 Jun, 2006 11:13 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

John Gage wrote:
Hi everyone,

I have been thinking of the price that i quoted and i would like to drop the price to $700 for a limited time. The reason for this is many of you have not seen my work first hand and i would like to change that. If the price is still out of range for any of you who may be interested i do offer payment options. Half or a quater down would get you in my queue.
Please feel free to PM me if interested as I will be happy to work something out with you.

Regards,

John



Just to be sure does this price include the scabbard or is it for the knife alone ? The knife would be worth it alone but with scabbard included it would be a bargain. ( Assuming one has the funds. Wink If I'm not sure I can budget for this one NOW, the least I can do is " lead others into temptation " Razz Just promote me to the " DEMON " of premature spending. Razz Laughing Out Loud

DEMON of Premature Spending: ( 666 ) 666-6666 ....... whynot@iambroke.Evil

Oh, back to serious business: How long is the queue ? Money months from now, always seems like something one can commit to now ! Also makes payment options seem more attractive. Big Grin ( Oh, no I may fall into my own trap ! The Demon is not very smart ! ) Razz

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PostPosted: Sat 17 Jun, 2006 12:31 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Jean,

You are a riot my good man Happy.

Yes, they will come with a scabbard. Consider it the grand opening in my new and much larger shop.

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John

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PostPosted: Sat 17 Jun, 2006 1:46 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

A very sleek looking piece for sure...
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PostPosted: Sun 18 Jun, 2006 11:04 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

John Gage wrote:
Jean Thibodeau wrote:
Now that is nice. Cool Cool Cool

Part of the lineup ? Any pricing details you would like to share. Wink Big Grin I can't afford to be tempted right now but others may want one NOW.



Thank you Jean Happy,

Yes I am offering these with a few options such as wood type, ebony, bloodwood, black walnut, ironwood etc. as well as choice of hilt fittings brass, steel, and bronze.

Regards,

John


Just wondering how different the color is for bronze compared to brass ? I do have an Albion Sovereign and the Bronze pommel looks richer in color to me than brass.

Oh, and how long is your cue for one of these, if you don't mind giving a ballpark figure ? Still in kicking tire mode. Wink Laughing Out Loud
Do you take mastercard ? ( Danger, danger Will Robinson ........ Razz " Lost in Space " reference. ) ( The Demon of Premature Spending is whispering in my ear ....... Laughing Out Loud )

Also might be interesting to know how the different wood compare aesthetically and durability ? Strongest, less prone to cracking, hardness, color, grain ?

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PostPosted: Sun 18 Jun, 2006 11:17 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Jean,

As you stated the color of bronze is bit more rich than brass. As far as my queue goes i have 3 custom orders that i am finishing up. I would say it would be about 30 day turnaround on these from order placed to shipment. The different woods that i posted are all really nice hardwoods and have more or less about the same consistency. I like to use really hard woods and soak them in teak oil, it works great and i havent had any cracking problems. If any problem would occur i would fix or replace it. Aesthetically speaking the choice from my list of hilt materials, well its really up to individual taste.

I am only offering this price for a limited time, unsure of how long i will offer it and it would depend on the response. My shop is now 2000 sq. feet and i am gearing up my production and output.

I hope that covers your questions.

Thanks for your interest.

John

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PostPosted: Sun 18 Jun, 2006 11:24 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

John Gage wrote:
Hi Jean,

As you stated the color of bronze is bit more rich than brass. As far as my queue goes i have 3 custom orders that i am finishing up. I would say it would be about 30 day turnaround on these from order place to shipment


Thanks, good to know Big Grin I was thinking in terms of multiple months or worse. A lot of people really hate long waits, for custom work I consider anything below 6 months " fast " and more than a year " long ".

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PostPosted: Sun 18 Jun, 2006 11:52 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

John;

E-Mail sent. Big Grin

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PostPosted: Sun 18 Jun, 2006 12:40 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That was fun watching you talk yourself into one there, Jean! Big Grin

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PostPosted: Sun 18 Jun, 2006 3:08 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you Addison.


Email sent back to you Jean. Happy


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PostPosted: Sun 18 Jun, 2006 3:22 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Jean,

Thank you helping to keep so many of the artists we appreciate in the black. Wink

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PostPosted: Sun 18 Jun, 2006 8:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Joe Fults wrote:
Jean,

Thank you helping to keep so many of the artists we appreciate in the black. Wink


John liked my sense of humour, how could I not buy. Razz Cool

In any case, I may push it but I do know when I really can't afford something and I was talking myself into it. :loll:

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PostPosted: Mon 19 Jun, 2006 10:21 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

John Gage wrote:


Yes I am offering these with a few options such as wood type, ebony, bloodwood, black walnut, ironwood etc. as well as choice of hilt fittings brass, steel, and bronze.


Found a good site to look up wood types with pictures and descriptions covering aesthetics and mechanical / woodworking
quality.

http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/#letterW

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