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Posted 11 June 2012 - 06:26 PM
My question relates to marketing it as much as anything. I am torn between making it historically as accurate as I can, with original materials, or make the blade from Damascus, the scales from Ivory, while reproducing the Silver work as it is on the original. Will using damascus and Ivory detract from the knife's historic value or will the fact that I am changing it's material to a modern interpretation be just as acceptable?
This question could apply to a number of historic knife reproductions. In a nutshell, How do you feel about modern makers using damascus and Ivory in reproductions when the originals used carbon and wood?
Posted 12 June 2012 - 05:37 AM
The way I see it is, if you were going to market it as a historical reproduction you should use materials that are as close to the original as possable. But, if you are marketing it as "your interpritation" of the knife, you can use what ever materials you want to.
Posted 12 June 2012 - 08:21 PM
Personally, If you are doing a strict historic knife reproduction, I would go with the carbon and walnut, BUT, if I were doing my interpretation of number one, I would go with whatever floats your boat. I think the damascus and ivory would look great, especially a darker mammoth, and would be more than acceptable. And you are going to have fun with the silver work. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.
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Posted 13 June 2012 - 05:04 AM
I'm starting my research into the various features and pitfalls of this particular knife. The Silver will be a learning experience for sure, but I want to do it really bad.
Posted 13 June 2012 - 06:17 AM
You got some pretty good advice from Dale and Brion. But, I like Gary's suggestion; just build two of them!
I can provide some advice on using silver. Just let me know what your questions are.
Posted 13 June 2012 - 07:32 AM
Thanks Steve. I may take you up on it.
Posted 13 June 2012 - 08:43 PM
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Posted 14 June 2012 - 01:25 AM
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Posted 14 June 2012 - 05:25 AM
I really like the idea of a James Black Bowie Numer One "Yesterday and Today Pair". I think that the knife magazines and collectors would as well.
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Posted 14 June 2012 - 06:24 AM
Posted 14 June 2012 - 06:43 AM
It dont hurt to dream though. I plan on a variation of what we've talked about. If you dont hear from me for about 6 months, you know where I'll be and what I'm doing.
Posted 14 June 2012 - 09:07 PM
I fall in with the others on standard materials for the repo, and kick it up for a modern one.
Interesting knife for sure.
Posted 15 June 2012 - 05:58 AM
My vote would be for an accurate as possible repro. Perhaps even forge the blade from an old file ??? Or possibly that was Jim Bowie's original knife from the sandbar that would be more accurately depicted by the Caphias Ham bowie that was forged from a file.
I snapped some pics of the #1 at the museum while attending the Intro class in 2010 so I thought I'd throw a few up for those reading along who may not be familiar with it.
I can't wait to see your rendition of the #1
Posted 15 June 2012 - 12:54 PM
I cant take the original Black Knife apart to see exactly how it's made but I can learn a lot about it's construction by making one myself. As I overcome the road blocks, I'll sort of put myself in Black's shoes.
Posted 15 June 2012 - 06:09 PM
It sounds like you have your work cut out!
We all know you are very capable of this project!
Posted 16 June 2012 - 06:15 AM