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#346 Post by nrobertb » Thu May 17, 2018 9:43 pm

This is George McJunkin, the cowboy who discovered the Folsom Site.

I drove by there back in the 1960's but there wasn't much to see, just a small sign by the unpaved road that passed the site.
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#347 Post by nrobertb » Fri May 18, 2018 9:29 am

There has been a lot of interest in handmade knives due to TV shows like Forged In Fire and Knife Or Death. The first thing young boys ask when they come into the blacksmith shop where I volunteer is whether we make knives or swords. (Sorry, no.)

A favorite with a lot of blacksmiths is the railroad spike knife. It is good steel and easy to find.
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#348 Post by indy1919a4 » Fri May 18, 2018 3:08 pm

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Fri May 18, 2018 9:29 am
There has been a lot of interest in handmade knives due to TV shows like Forged In Fire and Knife Or Death. The first thing young boys ask when they come into the blacksmith shop where I volunteer is whether we make knives or swords. (Sorry, no.)

A favorite with a lot of blacksmiths is the railroad spike knife. It is good steel and easy to find.
Any Idea how long it would take one to turn a railroad spike into a knife like pictured???

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#349 Post by nrobertb » Fri May 18, 2018 3:29 pm

I have done one and the basic shaping doesn't take that long. It is the finish work that takes a lot of time...grinding or filing and polishing.
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#350 Post by nrobertb » Fri May 18, 2018 3:32 pm

Here is a nice Damascus knife by Lark Custom Knives of Kingsley, MI.
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#351 Post by nrobertb » Fri May 18, 2018 6:03 pm

You've seen him on Forged In Fire judging other's work. Now here is one of J. Neilson's blades with a very unusual handle treatment.
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#352 Post by nrobertb » Sat May 19, 2018 12:38 am

This knife has a 5 inch Damascus blade and a camel bone handle.
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#353 Post by nrobertb » Sat May 19, 2018 10:26 am

I'd say that this buffalo jump in Alberta, Canada is aptly named.
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#354 Post by nrobertb » Sat May 19, 2018 12:45 pm

Wall Drug Store, often called simply Wall Drug, is a tourist attraction located in the town of Wall, South Dakota. It is a shopping mall consisting of a drug store, gift shop, restaurants and various other stores. The New York Times has described Wall Drug as "a sprawling tourist attraction of international renown [that] draws some two million annual visitors to a remote town.

The small town drugstore made its first step towards fame when it was purchased by Ted Hustead in 1931. He bought Wall Drug, located in a 231-person town in what he referred to as "the middle of nowhere," and strove to make a living. Business was very slow until his wife, Dorothy, thought of advertising free ice water to parched travelers heading to the newly opened Mount Rushmore monument 60 miles to the west. From that time on business was brisk. Wall Drug grew into a cowboy-themed shopping mall/department store. Wall Drug includes a western art museum, a chapel and an 80-foot brontosaurus that can be seen right off Interstate 90. It was designed by Emmet Sullivan who also created the dinosaurs at Dinosaur Park in Rapid City and Dinosaur World in Arkansas.
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#355 Post by nrobertb » Sat May 19, 2018 4:19 pm

The Corn Palace, commonly advertised as The World's Only Corn Palace and the Mitchell Corn Palace, is a multi-purpose arena/facility located in Mitchell, South Dakota, United States. The Moorish Revival building is decorated with crop art; the murals and designs covering the building are made from corn and other grains, and a new design is constructed each year. The Corn Palace is a popular tourist destination, visited by up to 500,000 people each year.

The Corn Palace serves the community as a venue for concerts, sports events, exhibits and other community events. Each year, the Corn Palace is celebrated with a citywide festival, the Corn Palace Festival. Historically it was held at harvest time in September, but recently it has been held at the end of August. Other popular annual events include the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo in July and the Corn Palace Polka Festival in September.
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#356 Post by nrobertb » Sun May 20, 2018 10:53 am

A Century Farm knife.
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#357 Post by nrobertb » Sun May 20, 2018 3:28 pm

A gaucho knife from Argentina.
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#358 Post by nrobertb » Sun May 20, 2018 11:11 pm

Some knives from Sunrise River.
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#359 Post by nrobertb » Mon May 21, 2018 8:49 am

A pair of Texas spurs by Earlon Shirley.
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#360 Post by nrobertb » Mon May 21, 2018 2:18 pm

For the real he man, a cutthroat Damascus razor with olive burl handle by Knight.
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