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fischereco2

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Here is a project I recently finished for someone else. It's a Civil War Confederate side knife. Blade is 8" of 1084, steel guard and ferrule. Handle is hickory. I normally don't make Civil War era items so this was a first for me, I'm sure it isn't perfect but I hope I captured a little bit of the essence. Thanks to Wick giving me some advice on this one.

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fischereco2

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Thank you! It is a through tang. I peened the end over a square washer in an attempt to copy an original:

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Very Nice! :thumbsup:
Thank you for not showing us another 12" long 3" wide clip point with a huge heavy D handle with carbon and hammer marks left from the forge because it makes it look "olde timey".
You have a very nice rendition of a working typical blade.
 

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Thanks for the positive feedback guys, I appreciate it!

And yes, while I am occasionally guilty of liking the "olde timey" forged look myself, I am really trying to make blades based on examples (or elements of examples) I see rather than what I think looks cool. :thumbsup:
 

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necchi said:
Very Nice! :thumbsup:
Thank you for not showing us another 12" long 3" wide clip point with a huge heavy D handle with carbon and hammer marks left from the forge because it makes it look "olde timey".
You have a very nice rendition of a working typical blade.

I fully agree, and

that is a very nice looking knife.
 
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fischereco2 said:
Thank you! It is a through tang. I peened the end over a square washer in an attempt to copy an original:

FWIW, I have seen many such original UnCivil War period knives (daggers, "Confederate" D Guard Bowies, and other knives) with such a square washer - at Civil War shows, the NSSA, etc., etc. So that is a VERY nice detail you added on your knife. Nice Job.

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Thank you! I actually just used Fiebings dark brown leather dye. I intended for the sheath to be much lighter, but when I gave it a bath of hot beeswax to protect it I got that dark color. Luckily the end result ended up looking decent!
 
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