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Old 03-03-2004, 08:00 AM
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Hi Guys,

I thought I'd post this one here, since this is by far the most embellished knife I own. It's a project that I've had in the works with Bailey for some time and was inspired by his bowie that won the B.R. Hughes award for best knife submitted by a Master Smith applicant back in 2001.

The blade is 10" of damascus in a 4-bar twist. The handle is carved from core mastadon ivory.

A variety of materials with great variation in colours (much more so than is evident in the photos) were used for the beautiful inlay work. The main stem of the vine is 18K green gold; the grapes are 24k yellow gold, the leaves are pure silver and the vine curls are copper.

The grape vine and leaf them is carried over to the pommel, which my wife thinks would make a really great pendant. I don't think I'll tell her about the take-down construction.

My thanks and congratulations to Bailey on this outstanding bowie.

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Old 03-03-2004, 08:26 AM
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A beautiful piece indeed. Enjoy that one!


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Old 03-03-2004, 08:46 AM
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Very nice! A beautiful piece for your collection, balanced and integrated throughout in design elements and colors. Congratulations to you and kudos to Bailey! Thanks a lot for sharing the description and these images.


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Old 03-03-2004, 10:52 AM
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This is outstanding Roger!

Nice use of materials throughout.
I'd be proud to own this one too!
Great pictures Roger.

Thanks for sharing!

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Old 03-03-2004, 10:32 PM
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Roger- A wonderful Bowie, with your usual excellent write up and photo layout. I always feel after I read your posts that I "know" the knife, and can't recall ever seeing one of yours that I didn't admire...Best, Rich
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Old 03-03-2004, 11:32 PM
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Old 03-04-2004, 06:01 AM
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This one 'floats my boat' all the way across to the Sheffield state!

It doesn't get any fancier than this--nor well-made. Congrats to you and Bailey, Roger.


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Old 03-04-2004, 08:50 PM
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Roger what canI say .. That is one beautiful knife and the gold and silver inlays make it that much better ..I like that grape leaf inlays .. keep those photos comming ..

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Old 03-05-2004, 08:47 AM
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Thanks very much for the comments guys - much appreciated!

For reference, her are a couple pics of the award-winning bowie that inspired mine (sorry, don't recall now where I got these pics from):


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