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Milo Handled Bowie Knife by xofox Milo Handled Bowie Knife by xofox
Long ago, and not so very far away, a certain :iconmax-f1: won a walnut jewelry tree from me in a drawing. Afterwards, for no very good reason except that he's a super classy guy, max-f1 sent me a plank of milo wood. Now, even I needed to look up milo after he made the offer, and I'm usually at least aware of the existence of a wood species. It turns out this isn't surprising; milo is pretty Hawaii specific, and super duper difficult to find off the island for less than exorbitant prices. Actually, even though it's not a particularly large plank it's one of the most expensive pieces of wood I have on hand. (Have I mentioned he's a super nice dude? He is.)
Anyway, this is a knife made from part of that plank as a thank you for :iconmax-f1:, and milo is just a beautiful wood to have worked with, regardless of whether the design came out according to plan or not. It just has this gorgeous floating sparkling grain. Mmm. Lovely. The blade and stuff is just a kit from online
Personally, I'm not a bowie person, or really that much of a knife person at all (astonishingly). I had considered doing a cool Hawaiian style knife, but then I thought, he lives in Hawaii, he probably sees plenty of that, while this style of knife at least fallaciously belongs to my general region. Sort of a marriage of cultures thing going on, and all that. I'm not very pleased with the engravings but I was feeling profoundly uninspired when it came to choosing a handle design, and this is a first time with knives after all. :|

WIP gallery here; expanded gallery here.
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:iconmax-f1:
I am so speechless I'm in tears you are so awesome ;o;
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xofox Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I'm glad you like it; it was a fun little experiment. :D
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:iconnetikras01:
Big fan of blades and I always appreciate a nice handle work. Looks good.
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esiewertjr Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gorgeous wood AND good to work with? You lucked out ;D. Seriously though, that is a very attractive knife.
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xofox Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That I did, my friend. I really want to find something new to make with it becase it is just astonishingly beautiful wood.
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:iconarkindal:
Oooh, that's pretty cool :) I want a customized knife too! Guess I'm goin to try making some handle to see if I can give it a try :)
Nice job Xofox :)
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xofox Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I'm going to try a sgian dubh in a spare moment. I've been feeling nostalgic lately, and the blade came in last week. :)
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