Dagger, Ivory Hilt
(Unmarked, by attribution)
May be very early work
This dagger was commission from Hill Pearce by Art Riser.
Original Sash Bowie
When I acquired this blade in the mid 1980’s, it whispered “Throw Me!”
I have never owned another knife that felt so balanced and so comfortable in the hand; these were often made in pairs and associated with riverboat gamblers.
I have resisted the “Throw Me!” voice tp date. I did commission PJ Tomes tp make his interpretation of this knife in a match pair, displayed here.
PJ Tomes, MS ABS
American Knifemakers Guild
Pair of “Sash” Bowies after the original displayed here
Small “House School” Knife
Antler Tip Hilt, Pewter Bolster
3 Bar Damascus Dagger
Spiral carved antler hilt with Polychrome after an original in “Swords and Blades of the American Revolution” (Neumann)
Hand Forged Belt Knife
Shane & Brad Emig
Antler Half Tang Hilt with Bullet Starter
Traditional Wrought Knife
Many 18th Century American knives were forged of wrought Iron; a common and plentiful material in Colonial America and far less expensive than steel. It, however, does require unique skills and technology in forging, hardening and tempering. This example is completely-handmade using original 18th Century wrought iron and employing traditional tools and technology in the construction.
8” Blade, Maple Hilt with Ivory Cap
Three Blades by
A sample of the range of the talent of this craftsman. All primitive yet elegant and comfortable in the hand.
Fashioned as if made from a broken sword
This piece was featured in an early
“Book of Buckskinning”
Red Handled Scapler
Based on Historic Examples from original
On the cover of
American Hunting Sword
21” Blade, Antler & Buffalo Horn Hilt,
Forged Iron Guard
Sid Birt, member of the Knifemaker’s Guild,
Was one of the earliest makers forging
Damascus Steel (About 1974)
He became a master smith in 1981.
Joe De La Ronde
Hand Forged with Horn Slabs
Ivory and Blued Steel
Blackwood Hilt/Silver Cap
Nickle Silver/Tooled Sheath
Two Patch Knives
Copy by Barry and Dorothy Maxfield with photography by Jan Riser at the 2016 CLA Show.