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Bowie Knife Resto: Phase 1

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Knifeguy 13-Aug-19
Knifeguy 13-Aug-19
Knifeguy 13-Aug-19
Knifeguy 13-Aug-19
Knifeguy 13-Aug-19
old buck 13-Aug-19
Riverwolf 13-Aug-19
Timberking 13-Aug-19
Vtbow 13-Aug-19
LBshooter 13-Aug-19
shooter 13-Aug-19
M60gunner 13-Aug-19
Bowmania 13-Aug-19
White Falcon 13-Aug-19
Nemophilist 13-Aug-19
D.Lewis aka tonto59 13-Aug-19
George Tsoukalas 13-Aug-19
ron w 13-Aug-19
Buzz 14-Aug-19
sammyg 14-Aug-19
Bassman 14-Aug-19
NY Yankee 14-Aug-19
From: Knifeguy
Date: 13-Aug-19

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Awhile back I made an excellent trade with LBshooter for this knife. It’s a mid-1970’s Western W-49. For this stage all I did was round the grip off a little where my finger rests, and drastically modified the bent brass guard that had already been bent beyond the original configuration. First order was to cut off the excess brass and then grind it to the shape that I wanted. Then I buffed out the entire knife on my buffing wheels using brown, green and white rouge. The next step will be to cut some elk antler up and fit and shape it to replace the rosewood. I had already made this sheath for another bowie but this one fits and looks better so it will stay together as a pair. Thanks for looking, and LBshooter; I hope that you like what you see so far. Here are a couple of “before and after” photos. Lance

From: Knifeguy
Date: 13-Aug-19

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From: Knifeguy
Date: 13-Aug-19

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You can’t even see the mark!

From: Knifeguy
Date: 13-Aug-19

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90 minutes later!

From: Knifeguy
Date: 13-Aug-19

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From: old buck Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 13-Aug-19




Just re-doing that guard did wonders for it's appearance too.

From: Riverwolf
Date: 13-Aug-19




Very nice transformation.. Well done !

From: Timberking
Date: 13-Aug-19




WOW! Fantastic job. Please post pics of the new Elk antler grips too.

From: Vtbow
Date: 13-Aug-19




Nice job Lance. Looks great! Much less Pirate like, arrrrr :-)

From: LBshooter
Date: 13-Aug-19




Hey Lance, Very nice so far, reshaping the brass did wonders,can't wit to see it when it's all done. I may want it back lol

From: shooter
Date: 13-Aug-19




Nice work. Reducing the guard makes the whole knife look much sleeker & better balanced. The sheathe is cool too.

From: M60gunner
Date: 13-Aug-19




Still have mine somewhere, bought it off the PX truck on Hill 22 near Da Nang, VN in summer of 1966. I don’t think mine has such a radical guard. I used to call it my short Machete.

From: Bowmania Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 13-Aug-19




I never need a knive that big, but that is some outstanding work.

Great job Knifeguy.

Bowmania

From: White Falcon
Date: 13-Aug-19




Great!!

From: Nemophilist
Date: 13-Aug-19




Lance, Nice job. I had a Western W49 Bowie knife back in the late 1970s.

From: D.Lewis aka tonto59
Date: 13-Aug-19




Wow! You turned that into a really sweet knife. Reshaping that hilt was a good idea. Nice job Lance.

From: George Tsoukalas
Date: 13-Aug-19




Beautiful! Jawge

From: ron w
Date: 13-Aug-19




Always wanted one of those..... nice job

From: Buzz
Date: 14-Aug-19




Nice.

From: sammyg
Date: 14-Aug-19




Way too big for my taste but I do have one of those laying in my gunsafe that belonged to my father-in-law. I had my knife making friend clean it up for me and when he gave it back he told me that some of the real early ones are worth money.

From: Bassman Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 14-Aug-19




Well done.

From: NY Yankee
Date: 14-Aug-19




Always a couple guys that say the dont need a big knife. K, whatever. Not what this thread was about. Nice work Lance!





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