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Tom Maringer inspired project

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by john april, Apr 20, 2017 at 4:23 PM.

  1. john april

    john april

    Feb 27, 2006
    a few months ago my good friend dudley sent me photos of a tom maringer vorpal haiku. i was very enchanted with the handle and all its parts. i wanted to try and make something with a similar type of handle. this is my most complex build so far. i started it in early march, and worked on it between other projects here and there.
    the blade is 1084, 8 3/4" long. the main bevels are flat ground, the clip was ground with a 4" wheel. the handle parts are all stainless, excluding a few copper bits in the habaki and the set screw in the toggle. the set screw/allen wrench/SS threaded rod were bought at the hardware store, and not made by me. i did not have a thick enough piece of SS to make toms style of toggle, so i invented my own. it is pinned and silver braised. the handle is poplar, pinned with brass for alignment and glued. the sheath is leather with a crocodile facing. thanks for taking a look !
  2. Salem Straub

    Salem Straub KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 20, 2008
    John, that's super impressive! I like the Vorpal Haiku knives a lot, and you did it justice.
    Everything is so clean and shiny it's kind of freaking me out!
  3. Dawkind

    Dawkind Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    You did an amazing job from only pictures and, as The Gunny would bark, "You adapted and overcame!". :D

    Absolutely beautiful and I'm sure that Tom would approve of your efforts.... :cool:
  4. AVigil

    AVigil knifemaker working the grind Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    Impressive work
  5. Scott Hanson

    Scott Hanson KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 6, 2014
    Wow! Fantastic knife, everything is perfect, you did a super job on that knife.
  6. BenR.T.

    BenR.T. Tanto grinder & High performance blade peddler Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 18, 2011
    That's a fantastic piece John and a huge undertaking!!

    Is there a reason why you went with 1084? With something that shiny and immaculate, I would think quality stainless might be a good choice. Just curious.
    Again, a very cool piece!

    R APPLEBY KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 11, 2003
    Thats beautiful, I think you nailed it
  8. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    Wow, you friggin' killed it.

    That is such a beauty I love the construction of these knives. Sort of a hybrid of the Japanese style tang with a rat tail tang. Now most people don't like rat tail tangs but when it is done like this it is done right. I love this construction method! You did a great job. I have always been a fan of the Japanese style knives. I see it in this construction style with the habiki and seppa style spacers by where the ricasso is. Even the way the threaded rat tail part connects to the actual tang of the knife is sort of reminiscent of the mekugi bamboo pegs used on nihon-to. Then to top it all off you went and threw it in a sheath like that!? Dayyyyyuuuum. I haven't got the opportunity to try a sheath like that yet with the stud method of hanging it on your belt. That is something I really want to try ever since I learned about it through some videos from Bill Bagwell.

    I mean....terrible work, you better get rid of it. I doubt you will want to keep that around and remind yourself of your shameful failure. Better send that to me and I'll make sure to dispose of it where it won't bring you shame any longer.
  9. Steven65

    Steven65 Traditional Hog Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2008
    Absolutely wonderful work. I am constantly amazed at the brilliant talents that are showcased on BF.:)
  10. Skirmish

    Skirmish Gold Member Gold Member

    May 22, 2016
    Wow, that is special. Impressive work John. Now you need to do a cutting test on bamboo like Tom!
  11. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    I love, Love, LOVE it! So very clean and cool.

    Just a few days ago I was browsing the 'Points of Interest' photo books and came upon a Tom Maringer knife. Similar to this. I paused at how unique all that metal looks when done right.

    You nailed it! :thumbsup: Great clear photos as well.
  12. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    That's one of the most impressive things I've seen on here in awhile

  13. Storm Crow

    Storm Crow KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 12, 2006
  14. mknife


    Jul 3, 2006
    John, the knife is superb! What I find of great interest is the precision involved in the realization of each piece that makes up the knife. Great!
    Riccardo Mainolfi
  15. Mypatches1


    Aug 24, 2014
    OKAY, I'm a bit speechless!:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
  16. Josh Rider

    Josh Rider KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 2, 2014
    Good God man that's incredible!
  17. john april

    john april

    Feb 27, 2006
    thanks for the great comments ! very humbling. ben, i used 1084 because thats what i am used to, and i do not have stainless HT equipment, nor the patience to send it out and wait for it to come back :D a few times i have wanted to step up and get all the stuff to HT SS, it will probably happen in the near future. i figured it would be viewed as an odd combination, but i was not deterred. i appreciate your comment, i agree it would have been cooler in SS.
  18. Matthew Gregory

    Matthew Gregory Chief Executive in charge of Entertainment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 12, 2005
    John, I am absolutely blown away. Truly and genuinely speechless.
  19. Steve Nuckels

    Steve Nuckels

    Aug 18, 2009
    That is incredibly impressive!

    Member, W.F. Moran Jr. Foundation
    ABS Apprentice
  20. john april

    john april

    Feb 27, 2006
    thank you gentleman !

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