Confederate-Style D-guard Bowie
This is my best work.
Look at tintypes from the Civil War, some time.
Scared, brave kids posing for what my be their last and only portraits. In many of them, usually Southern, those boys are clutching a huge Bowie knife with a D-shaped guard, and doing their best to look "martial".
This is my version of those massive knives. The spear-point blade is over a foot long, mirror-polished (by hand) to show off the differential temper line. The D is browned, forged iron. I made the grip out of leather covered, wire and cord-wrapped hardwood. To finish the package, I created a brass-furnished leather sheath with a frog (Not shown in this picture).
For re-enactors, this is an ideal accoutrement.
First Item: $10.00
Additional Items: $0.00
I guarantee all of my knives under normal conditions. Any kind of abuse will invalidate the guarantee. That's doing things like throwing them, or using them as hatchets. It breaks my little heart to see my work destroyed like that!
After being in this field for all these years, I fear I've become somewhat suspicious after being ripped off a few times. Therefore, I have to set some ground rules.
1. Communicate ONLY through ArtFire. A temporary Yahoo email address gets my hackles up and Spidey senses tingling.
2. You may not realise it, but there's an astonishing amount of work involved in all of my creations. The prices I list are more than fair. Please don't insult me by trying to haggle or offering a trade.
3. Payment is either by PayPal, if I need to ship something, or cash if you're in the area and would just like to pick it up. That'll even give you local folks a chance to look at things and play with them! I won't accept money orders, vague promises of payment later or third-party checks.
4. While we're on that subject: don't tell me you absolutely MUST HAVE something, but you're in the process of moving and can't come by, personally, or wait for delivery. (One person even claimed she was on a scientific expedition at the South Pole. A+ for originality!) I'm not going to give a $500 knife to your agent/mover/lab assistant in exchange for a money order or cashier's check.
What it comes down to is mutual respect. I will go the extra mile for any of my customers. I hope my customers realise that I am an artist and a craftsman with above-average skills. My work speaks for itself.
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