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This first is a Xezo Black MOP with a basic IPG nib that got a regrind to a Sweet medium CI 2:1 Line ratio. The Knife is a Boker lockblade. I think the 2 really compliment each other very well.



The next is a custom knife. It started off as a United blade & got a custom sheath & deer antler & sinew wrapped handle. It's a litle too mountain man for my tastes but it's stil a very pretty knife. The pen is a wooden kit pen I picked up forever ago that honestly truly surprized me with how well the fine "iridium" nib writes.



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-- Edited by Big Nib at 15:47, 2007-08-17

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Cool!
I too am into custom knives, big-time, so seeing them with nice fountain pens is a true treat for me!

Here's one of many older knives I still have [sorry, no pen in this shot sicne I'd taken the pic to sell the knife].
This one is an old BEAR Kentucky Hunter long since discontinued, a real Damascus blade made from hammering/folding over high/low carbon steel to make a total of 512 layers.
Each Damascus blade is like a fingerprint, no two are exactly alike, this picture doesn't do the layers justice but they're there [um, no, I've never actually counted all 512 layers, just in case anyone is wondering].
It too has real Sambar Stag scales [no pins, unfortunately, but they're on there good n tight] epoxied onto the full-tang blade and a real looker.



I have dozens of custom knives, each one rather unique and rare.
I really like Damascus steel, REAL Damascus and not those look-alikes I've seen out there with fake acid-etched faux layers.
You've inspired me to start taking some new shots of my pens & knives together, unfortunately for me the knives will have to be sold but the pens I will most likely never sell.
Thanks for sharing, nice knives [uh, pens too].

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Very nice! I also prefer authentic Damascus to the phony stuff, at least for working blades. I can also appreciate the "cable Damascus" for presentation blades, though; my wife and I attended an SCA "hammer in" several years ago and watched one of the better SoCal smiths making a blade of this kind. A piece of twisted steel cable was heated to a bright yellow glow, twisted open, and powdered nickel poured liberally into the gaps. Then it was twisted tight again, and forged and ground into an absolutely stunning blade.

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I've never seen a cable-Damascus knife blade but I do recall seeing a pen barrel made from from a similar process.
If I recall correctly, the parts were of different sized metal scraps in varying degrees of thickness and temper, heated and fused together to make the blank.
I'd seen a video of the process too but cannot recall exactly where on another forum I'd seen it.
It makes sense for a working knife blade, since the low-carbon steel being softer will wear faster than the harder high-carbon steel, resulting in micro-serrations that actually make many blades cut even better then when first sharpened.
I'd be really interested in seeing the cable-method, makes particularly good sense to me if the cable being used is of both high/low carbon and not just for show.
I'd seen some stainless Damascus automatics years back made by Charles Ochs that were simply spectacular, far beyond my price reach at the time but simply gorgeous.

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MY MAN! Bring on those custom blades! It's great to see others who truly appreciate a fine blade. I absolutely love your Damascus! I've always been awestruck at the beauty of the layers. I've been looking at a lot of it lately trying to educate myself on the topic.


I worked a little barter with a fellow member and ended up with a stunning Boker. Black ceramic blade, sterling bolsters & pins. light white/grey bone(?) scales. It's a jaw dropper for sure. My oldest is going to drop a load in his drawers when he opens it Xmas morning. He's 19 and starting to gain an appreciation for quality items.

My father has a superb collection of Randall Knives. i'll see if he minds if I snap a few pics one of these days.

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I need a break now, and beyond, but I'll try not to forget to post some knife pics later.
Boker makes great knives, I've owned a few but don't think I have any now.
I also like the old Kissing Crane knives, especially the ones with the Kris blades.
I have 2 very rare and unique Buck Hunters [the 110 or 112, I forget which is the Hunter and which is the Ranger, they've been in storage for so long now]. I had them made to my specifications many years ago, in the Buck Custom Shop when it was running.
Both have Damascus blades, one has Sun-Bleached Wyoming Elk scales and the other Sambar Stag scales, I think you'll really like seeing those.
I'm looking forward to seeing your sons' black ceramic-blade Boker now, that is if he wants to post is after Christmas to share with the rest of us.
Always good to have younger converts to share with, keep them fires going!
Randall makes good knives too, would love to see your Dads' as I don't own any, so post away.

See ya soon and looking forward to sharing!

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Well, since we are gonna talk knives...

Here is an early Chuck Gedraitis Persian folder:



and we all like 'pen knives':



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Very nice Jim.

How did I do on the ID's...lol

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DWL wrote:

Very nice Jim.

How did I do on the ID's...lol



Well you missed the important part, the knife. It's been many years since I took that picture but IIRC there is only one PFM in it.

 



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I am more a gerber guy so let me show you some of my gerbers



















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I've been a gerber man (among other brands) all my life. I really like the BMF Bowie.

My son turned 11 back on the 12th & got his first Gerber for his birthday. I picked up a small camp axe with a small paring/utility knife in the handle. He nearly blew a gasket when he opened the package.

He's stoked up to use it. We are both Bear Grils and Les Stroud fans (survivor man) and I've been teaching him basic survival techniques & he's been loving all of it.

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