How you even envision such a piece of functional art before creating it is beyond me. But then again, I’m not a true artisan as is the winner of the 2015 Wooden Sword Award, Donald Vogt. Vogt’s “Shoot and Stab Gun Knife” is a combination single-action automatic knife and a .36-caliber powder percussion pistol (yes, it works).
Let’s start with the blade. The upswept, recurved, almost Persian-looking folding blade is Rob Thomas Damascus Steel that Vogt meticulously engraved. The sculpted, carved and engraved bolsters, gun trigger, gun hammer and gun barrel are also the same Thomas damascus steel, and the gun body is 303 stainless steel. Mammoth-ivory handle scales, carved by the maker in a fl oral/vine motif, fl ow into the bolsters, interlocking with them like puzzle pieces. The entire gun/knife, including such areas as the previously noted trigger and gun hammer, are carved using chisels and a chase hammer, and 14k-gold and ruby inlays are set smartly on the top, or spine, of the gun/ knife, as is a gold plate stating the caliber—“36 Cal.” Oh, and while admiring the spine of the piece, note the vine and scroll fi le work on the titanium liners and steel spacer, respectively.
The knife latch is carved and hardened 440C stainless steel. Blade length is 5.5 inches, the overall open length is over a foot long, at 12.25 inches, and the gun barrel stretches 4 inches. Because words can’t even begin to describe the piece, Vogt had several images taken and sent to this KNIVES 2015 book editor, who was smitten and impressed all at the same time, and thus the 2015 Wooden Sword Award goes to Donald Vogt.
Thank goodness guys like him follow through on their incredible visions so the rest of us can enjoy the fruits of their labor.
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