Monthly Archives: July 2014

William Henry “Engraved Longhorn Beetle Knife” Finished

Above, I’ve completed the gold inlay, and cut the details in the antennae.  This image is before the final patina. Above are detail shots of the more important elements. And overall views of the final pieces. Thanks for looking!

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William Henry “Engraved Longhorn Beetle Knife” Part 12

Above, I’ve been adding inlaid gold to the centipede legs.  The leg at the left is finished, and I’ve just used a brass punch to set the gold in the right leg. Above, you can still see a little waste … Continue reading

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William Henry “Engraved Longhorn Beetle Knife” Part 10

Above, I’ve completed most of the bark, save for a small area where I might place a tiny spider – I’ll look at it while in front of the TV tonight, and decide if it is an enhancement, or just … Continue reading

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William Henry “Engraved Longhorn Beetle Knife” Part 9

Today is all about sculpting and detailing the centipede.  More work with a flat graver, followed sculpting with a small flat faced punch (with a slightly radius on the face).  Above, you can see the results of about two hours … Continue reading

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William Henry “Engraved Longhorn Beetle Knife” Part 8

Side B has been calling to me for a while now, so it’s time to knuckle under and get started…  This will be mostly bark with a sneaky centipede partially hidden underneath.  I vividly remember seeing one of these bad … Continue reading

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Inlay Hold Down Clamp

It all began with this William Henry knife scale and the shibuichi beetle body pocket inlay.  I had trouble holding the shibuichi beetle in place while I carefully and closely scribed around the base to begin cutting the inlay pocket. … Continue reading

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William Henry “Engraved Longhorn Beetle Knife” Part 7

Well, here’s Side A finished, following some gold inlay for spots on the beetle.  Now it’s on to Side B.  No rest for the wicked! Thanks for looking!

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William Henry “Engraved Longhorn Beetle Knife” Part 6

Here’s where we left off (above).  Today is inlaying the gold into the antennae, and completing the bark around the antennae. Above, in this view through the microscope, I’ve used a Lindsay Detailing Graver (96 degree V) to cut the … Continue reading

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William Henry “Engraved Longhorn Beetle Knife” Part 5

Today is all about carving the bark.  Above, I’ve begun by using a small carbide bur to begin adding vertical development to my so far very flat bark.  Since the stainless steel scales aren’t terribly thick, I’ve chosen to cut … Continue reading

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William Henry “Engraved Longhorn Beetle Knife” Part 4

Today, I carved the rotten wood at the back end of the scale.  Above, you can see the basic carving with small carbide burs.  The only direct engraving I’ve done at this point are the original cuts I made at the … Continue reading

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