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PostSubject: Bear Knife   August 16th 2016, 12:11 pm

My colonial persona is based "loosely" on Sir William Johnson who was the Indian Superintendent on the upper Mohawk river valley in the 1750/60's. The community was made up of German (Moravian) immigrants as well as Mohawk and other Iroquois members of the 5 nations. The items I have made up are purely fantasy as I would imagine Johnson might have had both Native designed articles as well as old European craftsmanship made by his German neighbors. So, my knife was made locally and gifted to me by one of my Moravian friends as well as the sheath. The sheath has added to it a brass stud so it could be worn in a double carrier strapped onto a waist belt. I like a double carrier because it allows me to carry my axe on my waist as well. My particular axe is a "pole type" with a hammer head. The curvature of the blade makes it ideal for cutting through a breast bone cartilage or pelvic bone.
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Knife alone....German craftsmen famous for intricate carving in bone, ivory or antler.

Blade was forged by a friend, I attached the handle and poured the pewter.

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Double frog carrier with axe and knife......not the best photo....looks better around waist. I also carry on belt a small belt bag with flints, flint tool and compass.

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PostSubject: Re: Bear Knife   August 16th 2016, 12:14 pm

Pretty cool. I like anything to do with bears.

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PostSubject: Re: Bear Knife   August 16th 2016, 12:31 pm

Pete.....funny story I guess. My wife always tells expecting "grandmothers" they got to get in first what they want to be called before the other grandmother...i.e. Nanna, Grandmother, Gran, Mammaw........etc...So when the oldest grandchild Tatum started calling Clair and I by our "Grand" titles she decided on Dada Bear and Clair Bear.......since the other grandmother jumped on Nanna first we took it...............so yes...bears have become a part of our family! Here's one with a Ranger cap on!

Also wearing Clair's "King's College" scarf when she was in college in London

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PostSubject: Re: Bear Knife   August 16th 2016, 12:50 pm

LOL..............Should I change your forum name to Dada Bear? Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Bear Knife   August 16th 2016, 1:30 pm

cowyboy hatoff

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PostSubject: Re: Bear Knife   August 16th 2016, 1:32 pm

That bear head carving is amazing!
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PostSubject: Re: Bear Knife   August 16th 2016, 2:04 pm

I should probably keep my mouth shut at this point and let imaginations run in my favor......however the bear head (I purchased it off Ebay) was added to the base of the antler....I mounted the bear head to look like I was carved into the skull bone. I mounted the blade to the antler and poured the pewter bolster.....my first attempt. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Bear Knife   August 16th 2016, 2:08 pm

It looked that way, because the bear is a lighter color. You should darken it some to blend in better. Nice work overall.

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PostSubject: Re: Bear Knife   August 16th 2016, 3:04 pm

I thought about darkening it...I am looking at a whitetail European mount I did of my last buck and if you look at where the antler meets the skull, the skull if it's been bleached is stark white.........may still do it anyway. t up

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PostSubject: Re: Bear Knife   August 16th 2016, 5:15 pm

As an Aussie once said in a movie: "Now THIS is a knife!" (Crocodile Dundee).

Very nice!
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PostSubject: Re: Bear Knife   August 16th 2016, 6:24 pm

"Conner" and I were discussing a guy we both knew who attended rendezvous who in the middle of the summer wore a bearskin coat, a capped fur hat and a knife which had a handle made out of horse's leg bone and a blade like a Roman short sword.......no seriously! Dunno ............even Dundee didn't have a "knife" like that! affraid

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PostSubject: Re: Bear Knife   August 16th 2016, 8:15 pm

Nice!

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