Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Cutting Edge of the CLA Display by Barry and Dorothy Maxfield: Part I

THE CUTTING EDGE
OF THE CLA

AN ASSEMBLAGE OF EDGED WEAPONS AND TOOLS
BY MEMBERS OF THE CLA
INCLUDING SOME BY ARTISANS WHO PREDATED THE
FOUNDING OF OUR ORGANIZATION


American Saber
“Cousin Willie” White
1980’s

An apparent bench copy of an original, pictured in “Swords and Blades of the American Revolution” (Neumann, fig. 359.s, p. 181) and is there listed as a cutlass.  This 32” blade is long enough to reach the ground from the saddle.  The thumb ring and “D” Guard keep it secure in the users hand.  The blade and fuller are arrow straight side to side, the steel well tempered.  This is surely the weapon of a horseman, not a sailor!



Damascus Gentelman’s
Side Knife
Jud Brennan & Sons

Large Camp Knife
Wick Ellerbe

French style, flat grind 9” blade
Curley maple slabs
Fitted deer hide sheath


Primitive Knife
Jud Brennan
File stock, antler, pewter, silver

Two Early Folers
Bill Behnke
Ca 1990

Persian Style
Damascus & Ivory Knife
Jud Brennan

Early 1980’s

Mini Mini Penny Knife
CW Shoemaker
Cut and fashioned from a penny

Mini California Bowie
Charles Weiss
1980’s


Small Coffin Bowie
JP Miller
from Meteoric Iron

Two Early Persian Daggers
JP Miller
Early 1980’s

These are JP’s forged Damascus with ivory hilts.  At this time he was stamping his name and numbering the Damascus blades. (#29 and #43) the scrimshaw decoration by

H. Harve Hilderbrande

Hand Forged Knife
Mike Heiker
2012

File stock
The forged in fingerstop, bolsters and
Hilt profile are signatures of Mike’s work
as is his “broken knife” stamp

Effigy Knife
Tim Ridge

A sturdy camp knife with
A unique human head at the butt.
Sheath by Lally.



Bone Handled “Armpit” Knife
Tim Ridge
1990’s

Boot Knife
Tim Ridge

Utility Small Knife
TL Daggett
2010

This blade attracted me to
Its unusual design.

1812 Plug Bayonet
Todd Daggett

Made for the 2012 CLF Auction

A Small Knife and Dagger
Built and Engraved by
Bob Harn

Damascus/Ivory Knife
“Cousin Willie” White
1980’s

Damascus Bowie
“Cousin Willie” White
1980’s

The finger notch and cast pewter
Chevrons are a Willie signature


Small Antler Knife
Joe Seabolt

Ft. Meigs Axe
Lew Sanches
CA. 1980’s

Lew was my original mentor in collecting. He was a true Renaissance man of contemporary art who mastered gun building, knife making, leather work, trade silver and horn work before devoting himself to engraving.  The scroll work, gold and silver inlays on this axe testify to his mastery of that art.

Pipe Tomahawk
Wallace Gusler
1995

Two Small Knives
Daniel Winkler

Member Knifemaker’s Guild
ABS Master Smith.  He made the knives and hawks used in The Last of the Mohicans.

Pocket Folder
Soldier Knife’By Mark Thomas
Horn Slabs
2013

Pocket Folder
Engraved Silver Bolsters
Horn Slabs
By Mark Thomas
2012

American Cuttoe
Kyle Williard
Old Dominion Forge

Hand Forged Blade
Ebony Grip
Brass Mounts
Sterling Silver Trim

Two Early Persian Daggers
JP Miller
Early 1980’s

There are JP’s Forged Damascus with ivory hilts.  At this time he was stamping his name and numbering the Damascus Blades. (#29 and #43) The Scrimshaw decoration by 

H. Harve Hilderbrande

Hand Forged Knife
Mike Heikes
2012

File Stock
The forged in fingerstop, bolsters amd hilt profiles are signatures of Mike’s work as is his “Broken Knife” stamp

Copy by Barry and Dorothy Maxfield with photography by Jan Riser at the 2016 CLA Show.

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