View Full Version : 9" Bowie of 5160 - Owner Comments at bottom

Matt Harildstad
12-04-2001, 03:50 PM
Well, since Paul has assured me I'm not being boring, here's another knife. This one had been subject of a poll on another forum while it was in progress. It's finished now. (sold too!)

Fighting Bowie with Spanish Influence (gotta make me a Mediterranean Dirk one of these days)

Recurved, spanish notch, sharpened clip, damascus and nickel silver fittings, carbon steel blade

- 5160 marquenched stock removal blade, 1/4" at ricasso, tapering from plunge cuts to tip, hand rubbed.
- Blade is a little over 9" guard to tip, 8.5" plunge to tip, and 1.37" wide at the plunge cuts.
- Sharpened clip is 5.3" long
- Overall length is 14.5", balance point is just in front of the guard.
- Guard and buttcap are Jim Ferguson nickel twist damascus.
- Spacers are nickel silver
- Handle is African Blackwood
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12-04-2001, 03:53 PM
Wow, that is really nice.

Gary Mulkey
12-04-2001, 04:12 PM
Very nice. Love the butt cap. Is that done all by hand?

Gary Mulkey

12-04-2001, 04:39 PM
nice, very nice Ilike it. Gib

12-04-2001, 04:48 PM

Matt Harildstad
12-04-2001, 05:00 PM
Thanks guys.

Gary, most of what you see is hand work. I turned the blank for the nut on my Taig lathe so it would be coaxial with the thread, and have a back surface 90 degrees to the thread. I also bored the recess in the buttcap in the lathe, again to keep it coaxial to the hole for the nut. The nut is mushroom shaped and extends through the buttcap. The nut was made by silver soldering a hardware store coupling nut to the backside of a piece of damascus.

The carving of the nut is entirely files and files wrapped in sandpaper. I used files and my foredom tool to carve the buttcap. All this work was liberally lubricated by cursing as I would scratch the nut trying to tighten it and have to refinish it.

12-04-2001, 05:17 PM
Matt, that is incredible! sounds like you need to make a brass tool for tightening the butt cap. That butt cap is exeptional.

12-04-2001, 05:30 PM
Love the butt cap. I'm not sure what "lathe" tool is though...


Matt Harildstad
12-04-2001, 05:41 PM
joss, just look up taig lathe in any search engine. It's a small, benchtop lathe.

Jerry, I thought I would need to make a tool, but I found a set of c-clip pliers worked. The problem was that I deep etched the damascus, so the nickel was unsupported and easily deformed. In the future, I'll go for hot bluing rather than etching with this material.

12-04-2001, 06:55 PM
Matt, outstanding work! I love the butcap and the general desighn. The classic bowie was a fighter and that has meaness wrighten all over it!

Gary Mulkey
12-04-2001, 07:46 PM

I have always admired individual creativity. Beautiful knife.


12-04-2001, 11:59 PM


Rik Palm
12-05-2001, 01:17 PM
I love that butt cap! very nice!

12-05-2001, 04:36 PM
Great stuff Matt! Post more knives ;-)!

12-06-2001, 06:42 PM

12-14-2001, 12:31 AM
Absolutely stunning Matt. The detail in the carving you did in the butt of that Bowie is amazing.

Neil Blackwood
12-15-2001, 04:38 PM
Stunning, that's it!! I was at a loss for words until I scrolled down :) Nice work on the entire knife.

By the way, African Blackwood???

We are from SCOTLAND!!


Matt Harildstad
01-01-2002, 12:53 PM
Here is a scan of the knife in it's sheath. Hard to scan these dark objects.

Don Cowles
01-01-2002, 12:59 PM
Sheath compliments the knife beautifully, Matt. Excellent work.

Pete Espeseth
01-12-2002, 11:53 AM
I just took delivery of Matt's 9" bowie of 5160, and I thought I would comment on it from the viewpoint of a buyer/collector. First of all, let me say I'm keeping this knife. It isn't going anywhere. The fit and finish are meticulously done. I enjoy just looking at all of the detail that he's put into this knife. To my way of thinking the price was under what a knife this well done, is worth. I have somewhat of a collection of bowie reproductions that have been taken from the excellent book by Adams, Voyles and Moss, "The Antique Bowie Knife Book". Matt's knife is the only "modern" style bowie that I possess at this time. However, when I saw it posted on his site I knew I had to have it. Currently, I'm having him make me a coffin-handled, clip-bladed bowie which I am also looking forward to receiving. Keep up the good work, Matt. It is being appreciated.

Pete Espeseth

01-12-2002, 12:39 PM

I envy you.