Fighter- Koa and damascus (quick video added)

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by NickWheeler, Jun 14, 2016.

  1. NickWheeler


    Dec 3, 1999
    I just finished this. It's been nearly complete since before I went back to work, but my shop time has been extremely limited.

    The blade is random pattern damascus, a 416 stainless guard, 416 and G10 spacers, domed/polished 416 pin, and super Koa for the handle. The sheath was super influenced by Paul Long ;) :) it has a random pattern damascus stud and is all hand saddle stitched.

    Thanks for looking. :)

    *** that's not a big ugly secondary bevel, it's just weird lighting. The blade is convexed down to an edge... I'm just having a hell of a time with my photos. :eek:




    Last edited: Jun 14, 2016
  2. tapforge


    Dec 11, 2015
    wheres the drooling emoji again? Seriously tho that thing is art work right there.
  3. erik markman

    erik markman

    Aug 13, 2007
    What is not to like? Great fighter.
    This is not the Paranee fighter?
  4. i4Marc


    Oct 19, 2011
    Hey, are you new here? Seriously though, fantastic work as always.
  5. Doc.


    Mar 29, 2016
    Beautiful blade.
  6. Lorien

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

    Dec 5, 2005
    it's ok, I guess.
  7. Chris Larrikin

    Chris Larrikin

    Jul 19, 2012
    I was thinking the same. It makes it over the line.
  8. Kohai999

    Kohai999 Second Degree Cutter Platinum Member

    Jul 15, 2003
    I love seeing new finished knives from Nick Wheeler.

    Makes me believe in humanity just a little bit.

    Beautiful piece, am sure the new owner will be ecstatic!

    Best Regards,

    STeven Garsson
  9. Russ Andrews

    Russ Andrews Knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 27, 2002
    One of the things I like (alot) about Nick's work, is that he won't be rushed....and
    IT SHOWS...
  10. Lorien

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

    Dec 5, 2005
  11. FengYang


    May 23, 2014
    I really like this style of work, it's great! I like it very much!
  12. sheathmaker

    sheathmaker Custom Leather Sheaths Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 18, 2005
    Nicky!, I guess the rumor of your passing was exaggerated! Hooray!

    The knife is just what I expect from you, but the sheath................The sheath is as good as I have ever seen from anyone. It certainly reflects your meticulous craftsmanship in every phase from design, tooling, stitching and all around construction. I am flattered to even be mentioned,

  13. Steve Nuckels

    Steve Nuckels

    Aug 18, 2009
    Outstanding as usual!

    So nice to see your work again.

    Member, W.F. Moran Jr. Foundation
    ABS AP
  14. Logan Pearce

    Logan Pearce Awesome Sauce Smith (A.S.S)

    Jan 21, 2012

    Are you suuuure his account wasn't just hacked? :D
  15. gga357

    gga357 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2007
    Classic Nick.
  16. AVigil

    AVigil Adam Vigil knifemaker working the grind Platinum Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    Nick Who does it again!

    Love it
  17. LongDog


    Jan 5, 2014
    The handmade frog for the sheath is a nice compliment. Oh and the knife looks ight too :D
  18. Mike157

    Mike157 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 29, 2006
    Gorgeous Nick. While I like every detail of every aspect of this knife and sheath package, the incredible Koa handle is enough to do it for me. Mike
  19. Teppojutsu


    Jan 18, 2015
    I like the fact he does things you will never see like hand file the tang to give epoxies something more to grab :)

    I think he even textures his pins for glue :thumbup:
  20. NickWheeler


    Dec 3, 1999
    Thanks for taking the time to check this out, and especially for the kind words guys. :)

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