Life-vest Mini-bowie Bearing Knife

This 4″ blade was hand-forged from half of an E/V Nautilus #rudder bearing. The bolster is the first time I’ve used the *upright* part of the brass bearing cage. The machined curves and tapers in the original material leave little room for error. The handle is starry-night-at-sea themed dyed, stabilized red oak burl from Nicholas that I picked up at BLADE show earlier this year. Although the little forged birudashi was completed first, this is actually my first hand-forged blade.

Pictured below with samples of its parent materials:

The AU-17 in 154CM and Factory Grivory

Ethan Becker’s BK-16 is a meditation in form-follows-function, and the Tweener handles are fantastic. I couldn’t help but try to put this new favorite blade shape on a BK-Tweener handle, and lemme tell ya, it feels pretty good! Also saved me quite a bit of time in handle and sheath work! I left the heat-treat finish on there because… well, why not? The factory ones are coated, so mine can be too. Also, lazier. 🙂

One of my first “knives”, and my final Beckerhead Application project, was the BK-2/3, a poorly but enthusiastically made scaled-down version of a BK-2 made from a file. This is… penance for that atrocity. :p

Ethan, thank you for the many years of inspiration!