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The Iron Mistress

Discussion in 'Knives & Tools' started by Bladesmith, Aug 2, 2019.

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    ADFCD128-FB44-48C9-80DE-26FDAB194327.jpeg EB20C10B-A59D-4934-9C50-41869682FCE2.jpeg 82FC72EF-701D-4BB8-8473-13D4C7F99D04.jpeg 1AA0183D-74CB-4921-8238-F2C991BF311F.jpeg View attachment 199846 Who loves the iron mistress and the legend that goes with it when mr Bowie meets mr black and gave him a wooden knife he’d carved and wanted it making into a real knife.
    Mr black said light the fire Sam we’re going to make some steel !. And so the legend began and the iron mistress was born.
    I’m making another mistress not far off finishing it dimensions exact as the film knife the pommel is the last part then fix all together it’s going to be a usable knife made with 01 steel.
    Been on and off this since March so will be glad to ship it off.
    This is it so far.
    Finished now
     
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  2. What a beast
     
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    That ain't a knife..... This is a knife. ( in my best Aussie accent )

    Looks good!
     
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    Looks great! I'm on something of a Bowie kick right now. Strangely, I've never owned one. I have done some recent research into them, though. It seems that Sheffield, England, produced a type that was pretty popular over here. It was, with the usual American lack of imagination, called a "Sheffield Bowie". The original Bowie was made from a file and looked nothing like yours. Just a straight spine, no hand guard, and the edge curving up to meet the spine at the point. Pretty plain. They were improved on from there with many types coming from different regions of the US (and, apparently, the UK). Aaanyhoo, great work! What's the blade length and the thickness of the spine?
     
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    How would you shape a file? Would the file need to be heated and then reshaped or would it be ground to shape and if so with what?
     
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    It’s beautiful, now that’s a knife. Very nice indeed.

    Regards.
    Les.
     
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    You have to anneal the file that’s get it red hot and let it cool slowly then the steel will be soft to work
    You can grind it or heat it up again to forge it into a shape but after you’ve made your knife shape heat treat it to make it hard again ok cheers john.
     
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    Search the iron mistress on you tube Alan Ladd played Jim Bowie in the 50s in the film of that name it’s a great film my one is going to America actually to San Antonio where the Alamo is and where Bowie was killed there’s a big following for it in the states. Cheers john.
     
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    Takes me back to how we used to make scrappers for fitting white metal bearings to axles on rail stock,GWR, circa 1960.
     
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    Where was that @shergar .. o_O
     
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    Maesglas Workshop, Newport. We were still working on steam whilst Swindon had gone over to diesel.
     
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    I was on the Footplate at Reading back then, happy days .. :thumb:

    :focus: ..
     
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  13. If anyone's into this sort of stuff (forging/knife making) take a look at forged in fire on the TV they may have a few episodes on YouTube as well they make all sorts of knives and swords. In my opinion very good programme
     
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    Yes but there’s a lot of total crap they show on that show but that’s my opinion
     
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  16. You obviously make knives so you know what's what but for a beginner I think they show you enough to give it ago yourself
     
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    Yes don’t get me wrong it’s not that I don’t like the show it’s the way skilled people are rushed into making them look bad it can’t do there businesses any good
     
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  18. I see where your coming from but the people signing up to do it know what is expected of them before hand. I'll definitely agree though to not doing there business any good if there the first to leave
     
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    It’s beautiful
     
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    Sorry just looked at this again realising I didn’t reply how rude ! It’s a copy of the film knife exact 3/8 steel by 2inches 10 1/2 inch blade made from 01 steel this is Alan Ladd with the film knife.
     

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