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Old 05-08-2016, 02:40 PM
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S Lee Hands for Carlos Lopez BarryR Johnson Big Bear engraved by

Many years ago, Steve Lindsay hooked me up with S R Johnson working on a knife for David Darom.
That has led to a series of colabs between SRJ and I including our most recent and spectacular for Carl Lopez.
Below is a series of pics showing some of the design work and execution of the installation of the gold and diamonds.
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The finished knife:




The original layout, with the main line of flow through the center:




More detail added:



Cutting the Layout on the soft blade:



First side cavities complete:



Second side cavities complete:



The piece is sent to heat treat and returns. The next step is the pearl.
Filing the pearl flush:



Sanding the pearl:



The pearl is ready:




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Thank you, Barry. It's always so amazing to see what you have to do to engrave a piece, especially something like this "Full-integral Big Bear." Inspiring!


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Steve, thank you for the interest, here is some more for you.


First we did the cavities for the gold in the pearl and undercut the edges, then inlay the gold stems:



Next we inlay the leaves which are made from sheet:



Then its sanded flat:



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and shaded:





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Absolutely Fantastic......!


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Thank you for sharing.


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Old 05-18-2016, 09:32 AM
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Thanks Big John and Zane.

Here is another one for you.

A place is made for the gold and arches raised:




A piece of gold cut has been cut out and the edges burnished. It is checked for fit:





Pushed into place with a bamboo rod ( learned this trick studying damascene in Kyoto , Japan)





we start punching it down with a piece of 1/8 round momax ( my friend Dan Goodwin, who taught me hammer and chisel gave me a couple of feet

of this wonderful stuff back in the 80's):




We keep punching:



Until all is well and secure:



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Amazing workmanship!
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Nice photography work too!


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Thanks folks, here are some more pics of the process:







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Outstanding Barry!


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Check this knife out in this month's Blade Magazine, October 2016 issue. Surely do appreciate the coverage! Thank you, Steve Shackleford!


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Check this knife out in this month's Blade Magazine, October 2016 issue. Surely do appreciate the coverage! Thank you, Steve Shackleford!
I just received that issue, BLADE did good!


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That is the most beautiful and inspiring work I have ever seen!! I hope there are some young replacements that will follow in your footsteps.

I wish you well, LP
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Thank you, very much, Larry. The is a ton of work that goes into those Integral Big Bears, and the engraving is beyond belief, time and talent-wise!


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