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My newest "Topo Gigio" mini-butterfly knife
« on: August 22, 2007, 08:22:59 PM »
Here's my latest...

I've revised the scales on this one to look a bit more like real "Ionic" columns (In order to help show you the difference I've included a pic below of a previous Topo Gigio).

The specs-

3.9" open
2.5" closed
Eggerling Damascus blade -Heavily carved
Titanium liners-Fileworked and anodized
Carved Scales-Elephant Ivory (Pre-ban)
416 SS hardware (spacers and latch)
Inset Gems-Rubies in 14k

BTW-The "crowns" that I carved on either side of the blade are also a new design.










Here's a shot of Topo Gigio #4 showing the previous scale design:



This newest Topo Gigio (#5) is sold and already en route to its new owner.  I'm starting #6 right away. It's already spoken for....And the (special) customer has requested a particular style that should prove to be a distinct departure from what I've been doing.  If #7 isn't claimed in advance there's a well-known dealer who wants it.  ;)

Hope you like it!

Dennis Greenbaum 

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Re: My newest "Topo Gigio" mini-butterfly knife
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2007, 02:44:24 AM »
Dennis, glad to see you're in production again.
#5 is beautiful.

And I own #4 :thumbup:
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Re: My newest "Topo Gigio" mini-butterfly knife
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2007, 12:36:32 PM »
Thanks Jay-

As you know I was a bit under the weather...but I'm finally in the shop again.  Good to be back.

Thank you for your always friendly support.

Dennis

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Re: My newest "Topo Gigio" mini-butterfly knife
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2007, 03:41:28 PM »
Dennis,

That is beautiful. How in the Hell do you do that? Strike the question- I've been in the midst of artists in the past, and learned that I'm but a duffer and appreciate the work, and leave the magic to the artist.

That belongs in a case at MOMA, and in my pocket too. ;)
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Re: My newest "Topo Gigio" mini-butterfly knife
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2007, 03:51:22 PM »
Thanks for the kind words...

Someone in another forum asked me how I did my carving.  In response I had posted some out-takes from my own section of our book "The Art of Modern Custom Knifemaking" (a perk of being the co-author) ... The pics I posted seemed to be well-received...sort of a "mini-tutorial"....so I thought perhaps you guys might find them interesting as well.  These were shot several years ago...but they say more than I could describe with words:

Tracing the pattern onto the ivory using red carbon paper:




Using a round, parallel mini-file:


Carving with my high speed GRS Turbo 850 (350,000 rpm's):


Scraping/sanding using a round, stone bur:


More detailing...this time with a ruby midget file:


Again with my Turbo 850 (love this piece of equipment!):


Again with a ruby file:


These are of course just some of the carving steps...but you get the idea.

Hope you found that interesting and maybe a little useful.

Dennis

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Re: My newest "Topo Gigio" mini-butterfly knife
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2007, 03:54:46 PM »
And here's a shot that shows me working with my wonderful, "ancient" Panavise (it was a gift from an old woodworker friend...it must be at least 20 yrs old...or older.  Much more heavy duty than today's models...No plastic anywhere, even the knobs are cast metal).  In this shot I'm doing some controlled, light-sanding using an emory board.  You can get them in the cosmetic dept. of any drug store (Rite-Aid, CVS, etc).  I buy them by the handful whenever they go on sale (typically buy-one-get-one-free).  They come in a variety of grits, depending on the brand...80, 100, 120, 240, 280 320, 600.  Often they'll come as a combo such as- 100 grit one side/180 on the other.  I use them constantly!!!



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Re: My newest "Topo Gigio" mini-butterfly knife
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2007, 11:38:46 PM »
Very cool, I like the Ivory!  8)
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Re: My newest "Topo Gigio" mini-butterfly knife
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2007, 01:03:03 AM »
And such manly hands ;)

But, you do have to get "The Art of Custom  Knifemaking". 
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Re: My newest "Topo Gigio" mini-butterfly knife
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2007, 04:10:16 AM »
Beautiful work 
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Re: My newest "Topo Gigio" mini-butterfly knife
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2007, 07:32:12 AM »
Ah, another beautiful piece...I never get tired of seeing these, Dennis--don't ever stop  :thumbup:.


But, you do have to get "The Art of Custom  Knifemaking". 
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I agree--terrific book and I always love the behind the scenes pics just as much as the finished product pics.
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Re: My newest "Topo Gigio" mini-butterfly knife
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2007, 02:04:42 AM »
Thank you guys for the kind comments.

As for our book, "The Art of Modern Custom Knifemaking" ...copies are definitely still available...

You can purchase them from the publisher:
http://saviolopublisher.com/books/the-art-of-modern-custom-knifemaking/prod_3.html
or here:
http://www.arizonacustomknives.com/products/?id=2881
or here:
http://www.knifeart.com/knifemaking.html

If you should decide to purchase a copy, feel free to send it to me and I will be happy to autograph it (made out to you...or anyone of your choosing).

I'm of course somewhat prejudiced...but I also highly recommend the other books in the series.  In my opinion they are the finest books on knives that have ever been published. The first book, about high-end folders, is absolutely breathtaking... I still refer to it (frequently) for inspiration. 

When I heard that Book #1 was premiering at the New York Custom Knife Show (this happened a number of years ago) I knew that I had to have one, and I drove up to NY specifically to get my hands on a signed copy.  It was there that I first met Dr. David Darom (the author).  Shortly after that, David and I began a long-distance, e-mail correspondence (David lives in Jerusalem).  He invited me to write the intro to the 2nd book (about Fixed Blades), and that in turn led to my eventual partnership with David on the third book.   FYI-The first two books are now available at Amazon.com at reduced prices: The Art of Modern Custom Knifemaking


Dennis
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