Ultimate AK Bowie

Discussion in 'Koster Knives' started by Daniel Koster, Jul 25, 2006.

  1. Yangdu

    Yangdu [email protected] Himalayan Imports-Owner Moderator

    Apr 5, 2005
    Great work, Dan
  2. cavetech


    Nov 25, 2005
    Very, very nice work.
  3. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999

    It looks great!

  4. Svashtar


    Dec 28, 2003

    Thanks Dan. Mine balances just behind the cho very nicely, and has the standard straight handle. The combination of curved handle and fighter style blade is cool, and makes this more of a Bowie and less of a big cleaver which is what I consider mine. Although except for the cut out ricasso area the blade profiles appear identical.

    But it works for me as now I have every reason to have one of each. :D

  5. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    I couldn't agree more, Norm.

    Not only does everybody NEED an AK Bowie...they need the cleaver version, the bowie version, the fighter version....

    :D :p :foot:
  6. Svashtar


    Dec 28, 2003
    Andy, don't think you were around at the time, but these were the ones Dan did for me last August. Matching AK Bowie and CAK in desert ironwood and copper fittings. The CAK was a rarely seen 15.5" one with a pretty bad horn handle and a great Bura blade, and is a good all around sized khukuri. The Bowie balances just behind the cho, the CAK just in front. On each you can go either 3 or 4 fingers behind the subhilt for close up work or chopping.

    Dan offered to make sheaths for both but I was tapped out and wanted to get my hands on them regardless. Maybe someday. They both have the original "L.B." makers mark on them, but I wouldn't have minded Dan branding them as he put quite a bit of work into them.

    He also did a really nice one for Spectre, and there should be pics of it around somewhere.


    (Moved pic to Dan's forum!)
  7. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    Wow. What great work you do Dan. Those leave me speachless. I gotta get me some of that ironwood. I'm truly blown away by those Norm. Thanks.

    Of course any modification I do wouldn't rival that. But it would include and etch to check the heat treat, then possibly a retreat if necessary. I know that handle has to go, I just haven't decided what to do about it yet. I really LOVE what putting a guard under the bottom edge of the blade does for it. SWEET!
  8. tinmaddog


    Apr 28, 2005

    I don't know what else to say, except, I suppose, how much would one of those baby's run you?

    Damn! Seriously, just... damn!
  9. matthew krissak

    matthew krissak Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 11, 2005
    Nice, really Nice:thumbup:
  10. the possum

    the possum

    Jul 31, 2002
    Dude, that's frikkin' sweet!
  11. Bobwhite


    Nov 30, 1999
  12. Svashtar


    Dec 28, 2003
    Dan sent me pics of about a dozen blanks of ironwood and let me pick the two I liked best. Of course these were the two most expensive, but they turned out nicely. Dan took the pics here of course. :D Other than the satin finish and the sharpening he didn't do any grinding or reheating as he did with this featured one.

    I definitely hope to someday get one with more of a refined fighting style blade and this curved handle like Dan did here for Dave. Talk about a transformation!

  13. Svashtar


    Dec 28, 2003
    It's no big deal for me. I give Dan free readings and career advice on my Psychic Friends Phone Network and he does all this work for me gratis. :rolleyes::D (Dan, I'm sensing danger tonight! Be careful...)

    Notice Dan's business has taken off to even greater heights in the past year? Well, there you go...;)

    Seriously, Dan's the guy to ask, as over the past year his work on these has evolved as you can see by his latest effort. :thumbup:

  14. Leatherface


    Dec 3, 2005
    Note to self...

    1...Buy 20" Chiruwa Ak

    2...Have Dan do the subhilt mod on it with Desert Ironwood scales OR Something else pretty

    3...Stop sending Ron Jeremy all of my money!!
  15. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    Ron Jeremy cracks me up Dave. Have you ever heard him interviewed? Really funny down to earth guy. I heard Chevy Chase talking about being in an elevator with Ron. The doors opened and some people recognized...... Ron.

  16. tjchung


    Dec 23, 2005
    Thats a true work of art. I recently picked up an AK Bowie on one of the DOTD's. Perhaps I should send it in to Dan for similar treatment, but that year-and-a-half completion period worries me...I don't think I'd have the patience to get my hands on such a beautiful knife.
  17. Bladite

    Bladite ǝɹnsıǝן ɟo uɐɯǝןʇuǝb Moderator

    Feb 28, 2003
    that's some exceptional work :)

  18. Leatherface


    Dec 3, 2005
    Yea I really started to dig him when he did that reality series a couple of years ago...I think Vanilla Ice and a couple of other's were there...Seemed like a really intelligent, NICE guy...From Kindegarten teacher to porn king..Ahh I gotta watch that movie they made about him!!!
  19. Dave Rishar

    Dave Rishar

    Oct 25, 2004
    Dunno about the specs from before but it currently weighs 29 ounces on the dot. PoB is difficult to measure because of the shape but it appears to be right on the cho. As one would expect, the blade has a very agile feel despite its weight if the hand is high on the handle, becoming considerably more point heavy as the hand slides back.

    I like this handle.
  20. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    Glad you like it. :D

    Yeah, the handle is kinda complicated. I wanted to see what you came up with before I posted why I made it that way. Let us know when you get a chance to wail on it. :thumbup:

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