display stands for bowies?

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  1. Jason Fry

    Jason Fry KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 5, 2008
    I'm looking for ideas for a display stand for a bowie knife. Everything I'm finding online is a cheap POS to hold a shiny factory built thing. Could you folks show me some pictures of custom stands built to match a knife? The knife in question has scrim on both sides of the handle, so the ability to hold the knife with either side out would be a plus.
     
  2. Jason Fry

    Jason Fry KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 5, 2008
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  3. jceckrosh

    jceckrosh Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 2, 2016
    I'm curious as well. I am trying to find one and most that you can just buy (Amazon, eBay) are junk.
     
  4. Lorien

    Lorien KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 5, 2005
    I like how @Mecha displays his work. He uses copper wire and bends it to fit. You could go a step further and find a hunk of wood for the base and drill a hole in it and epoxy the copper wire in. Now you have a base and can bend that wire around until to get to where you want to go
     
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  5. Jason Fry

    Jason Fry KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 5, 2008
    Here's one I did myself.
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  6. Jason Fry

    Jason Fry KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 5, 2008
    Another one of mine.
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  7. argel55

    argel55

    Oct 30, 2005
    I made one, one time with wood that matched the handle, for the base. I then made a 4 sided small container to sit on it that you could put the bottom part of the guard in it and suspend the knife above it.
     
  8. Richard338

    Richard338 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 3, 2005
    I'd love to see more examples as we all need more knives in more places.
     
  9. Bmgillum

    Bmgillum Platinum Member Platinum Member

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    Nov 8, 2016
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    Gunstands.com made most of mine...they have several more models...
     
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  10. Jason Fry

    Jason Fry KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 5, 2008
    I may try to work part of this in. Cast iron ornamental work from the same cemetery gate as the knife’s Guard.
     

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  11. babykujo

    babykujo Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jun 18, 2020
    This is very cool! :)
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  12. Kevin Jones

    Kevin Jones

    Oct 28, 2006
    Here's display stands I have made. The last photo for the two Don Hanson folders are simply two black plastic coated paper clips bent in a particular way.
    My thinking on knife stands is that they should safely support the knife and complement it but not be so elaborate that they take attention away from the knife.

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  13. Travis Fry

    Travis Fry

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    Jun 11, 2010
    My personal favorite:
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  14. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    Good thread, Jason.

    @Kevin Jones your fixed blade stands are SO ornate, and well crafted. Props.

    And then the folded paper clip simplicity. Genius.
     
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  15. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
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  16. Richard338

    Richard338 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 3, 2005
    Not much good for Bowies, but I just wrapped up some tanto and a waki, and the little $20 stand from sword buyers guide isn't too bad.
    Very easy to assemble and came with decent hardware.
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  17. Dawkind

    Dawkind Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    I have used Plexiglas that I cut to a stair-step kind of configuration, using a template I’d drawn up, drilled appropriate holes and then used all-thread sleeved with clear tubing and fastened together with stainless jam and acorn nuts.

    I’ve used that setup in drawers for many years now...can be made any size depending on the knife, I made mine to hold 5 each.
     
  18. jceckrosh

    jceckrosh Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 2, 2016
    Still my favorite knife ever. It's the primary inspiration for one I have incoming. I won't say from whom since I suspect he will post it here at some point. I am going to try and find something like your display box for mine.
     
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  19. Richard338

    Richard338 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 3, 2005
    Can't wait to see it.
    One option is to look at the display boxes that you can get for the higher end model cars. You might need the 1:12 size for a large Bowie.
     
  20. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    That knife has influence FAR and WIDE. Look at my avatar. THAT knife was the example I showed the graphic designer.

    That said, this knife brought Sam to maddening tears. Long story, which took a year to resolve...
     
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