Bolsters are relatively easy for knife makers to fabricate and mounting them is very similar to mounting handles. Another advantage, in addition to tightening up skills, is that my style of construction is rather timeless, and so does not necessarily entail the need of an amazingly outfitted workshop. While making knives, I can incorporate anodizing, layering, inlays, under-lays, carving, cutaways, color, depth and dimension in an unending number of combinations, choices and treatments. The blade used for this how-to video was cut out with a waterjet machine. Aside from working closely with several damascus smiths, I also forge and use my own damascus steel, as I did here for the blade of this knife, Overall, fixed blades have always been my first true love. The making of just the bolster area of one of his art knives is explained in this chapter, and it alone takes hours to complete.
This is due to the layering of materials and embellishment that I employ in the construction of all of my knives. My working methodology is in many ways an over-the-top style of doing things, and that is how people view my work. In this full-color, meticulously illustrated volume: John Lewis Jensen, designer and fabricator of one-of-a-kind ornamental edged weaponry, presents a step-by-step guide to creating your own art knife in 'Desk Daggers: A Limited Edition Jensen Knives Trio. At first glance, people often mistake my fixed blades for folding knives. It may not have been forged in fire but the end results is very achievable for the beginner or novice bladesmith. Check out this link to order the same 1095 high carbon steel knife blank we used to create this little metal etched hunter knife Check out this short how-to knife making video to see each step in the process. While all of my knives are made to the same exacting standards as more traditional using blades, and therefore are fully functional, I want my knives to be viewed as sculpture suitable for display.
Knife Making, how to make and mount Brass Bolsters. Summary Take it from one meticulous knifemaker, the bolsters of an art knife are the centerpieces. With training in jewelry, sculpture and metal smithing, my method of knifemaking tends to be a bit old school. Don Fogg, arguably one of the best sword makers on the planet, shares his expertise in 'Forging Steel from Raw Materials. Feel free to take my particular style and apply it in your own way. . They give me a much larger canvas on which to work, and that, in turn, gives me a larger palette from which to draw.
Yet, the main focus was in the education, knowledge and understanding of the age-old methods of complete hand fabrication. My education from the Rhode Island School of Design instilled precision, innovation and problem solving, among other things. Brass Bolsters can be used to enhance almost any full tang knife. Of course, the more tools and equipment the better! Even though my construction techniques are being applied to a fixed. Most of what I do does not require advanced equipment, and I think that it is more applicable to a larger audience.
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