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  1. Mark Knapp

    Damascus Bowie

    looking very nice.
  2. Mark Knapp

    Damascus Bowie

    Much, much better. Way to go. I'm also impressed with how well you can take suggestions from other people. Some people have trouble with that.
  3. Mark Knapp

    Damascus Bowie

    How about a little bit more graceful curve in the "S" guard?
  4. Mark Knapp

    Stocking up

    These are for a 100 knife order for a customer, the extras will be sold in our store as completed knives. I hadn't considered selling any as blanks but I suppose I could. I'd need to figure out how much time I had in them individually. The steel is 154 CM. This material does go through the...
  5. Mark Knapp

    Stocking up

    74 skinners and 74 drop point hunters getting ready to go to the heat treater.
  6. Mark Knapp

    A hunter and an ulu

    Thank you, the ulu shape is my signature shape. I created it several years ago and it has been copied from time to time. It's very popular with my customers. In my avatar with the bear I was 30 years old shortly after I became a brown bear guide. I began making knives seriously in or about the...
  7. Mark Knapp

    A hunter and an ulu

    Thanks guys, I appreciate it.
  8. Mark Knapp

    Sorry but I have a FIF question.

    I think the OP is talking about when the smiths take the blade out of the oil prematurely and it makes a fire ball. It's a natural thing for the oil to ignite when you quench a blade in the normal fashion, no additive required. There is no reason to remove the blade from the quench while the...
  9. Mark Knapp

    Sorry but I have a FIF question.

    Actually, I think it's from ignorance or just trying to look cool.
  10. Mark Knapp

    A hunter and an ulu

    It takes a really big musk ox to get any amount of material out of for knife handles. For three hundred bucks it would have been worth the risk. Not every bull musk ox yields enough good material for knife handles.
  11. Mark Knapp

    Sorry but I have a FIF question.

    No they do not, they certainly didn't ask us to do it in my episode. They didn't ask us to do anything for that matter. Everything you see the bladesmiths do, they do on their own. And yes, you are right, the fire balls serve no purpose but the camera guys like it and so do the producers. It...
  12. Mark Knapp

    A hunter and an ulu

    Thanks everybody
  13. Mark Knapp

    A hunter and an ulu

    My makers Mark is engraved.
  14. Mark Knapp

    A hunter and an ulu

    I have two to show you, one is obviously a professional shot by Jim Cooper at Sharp By Coop. The other is obviously not a professional shot. This is a drop point hunter with mammoth ivory and musk ox horn. The engraving and the sheath are also by me. Overall length about 9 1/2 inches. Next...
  15. Mark Knapp

    Band saw blades

    1/2 horse is on the week side. 3/4 hrs. would be a minimum. 1/4 inch wide blades are very hard to control for cutting blade blanks unless you have a very good saw. A 1/2 inch bi-metal blade with a 14/18 pitch would be your best bet for blade blanks. That saw would not be a good one for handle...
  16. Mark Knapp

    Band saw blades

    I sell 1/4 X14/18 bi-metal band saw blades as do many suppliers closer to you, but I'm afraid you need a better saw my friend. Any saw that can't do what you are asking it to do is going to be just a continuous source of frustration for you. I own and operate a band blade weld shop and saw...
  17. Mark Knapp

    I thought you might like to see this

    Thanks everybody. This is what they look like when people find them. Sometimes in much worse condition than this one but those are usually cut up for other things, not used for restoration. This is the next tusk I'm restoring.
  18. Mark Knapp

    I thought you might like to see this

    Tracy, if you ever get to Alaska please come by my shop. You can breath more mammoth dust than you can handle. I'd love to show you around. Oh wait, you said "in your life" not in your nose. My mistake.
  19. Mark Knapp

    I found the link to my tutorial on laminating abalone shell

    I cut all the pieces from the same spot on the shell and nest them. No need to be flat.
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