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    Powderhorn, Thanks for the info, I was never in the service, so I did not know the correct name of the knife.
    It sure is handy for small rope. On the bigger stuff I always used a wooden Fid about 2 inches at the big end down to nothing at the small end and about 16 inches long. Matter of face, I still have one in the tool box on my truck.
    I will remember Boatswain as the name of that type Knife. Sure did't know that you could still buy them. I'll bet they are a lot more expensive than 6 bucks now days. :D
    Have a great day
    Carl
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    Carl, try putting a piece of tracing paper over the original and make changes, this can lead you to a lot of different ways of doing it, then you can pick out the best or combine the good parts. The more you work at it the broader your knowledge.
    Carl Bleile

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    Thanks Carl B. Sam, and all that gave me a post, your comments are worth their weight in gold to me.
    It's been a long time since the drawing but after a waste basket full of crumpled paper I think I finally have what I want to cut. The tracing paper idea really helped. I am sure there are more changes I will make before the final draft, but it is getting closer. I really need some drawing pencils and a repidograph with a fine point. The shading is hard to do with a pencil or sharpie and make it look right.
    Sam commented that the large leaf in the original was a little overpowering, in which I totally agree. So mainly thats the part I have been working on, that and the looping. The top drawing is the one that was done at the Doctors Office, the bottom one is the last attempt.
    Ya'll please tell me your honest opinion, that really means a lot to me.
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    There you go CRW now squint your eyes and look for balance within the boundaries of your design. I see some void in the background. Always black in your drawings and put a border around the design even if you don't intend to cut away background. This will expose unequal background masses and unbalanced leaf masses.

    Negative space is just as important as your design and actually part of the design.......Always keep it in mind when drawing.

    You got a good design going there.

    Ron S

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    I was a sailor and acutally it is a marlinspike. Have owend several knives like that. A fid was a wood spike that was used for large operations and kept around the mast. Sometimes used as a weapon and even thrown when boarded They looked like a short billy club.
    MaFid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    A fid is a conical tool made of wood or bone. It is used to work with rope and canvas in marlinespike seamanship. A fid differs from a marlinspike in material and purpose. A marlinespike is used in working with wire rope, may be used to open shackles, and is made of metal. A fid is used to hold open knots and holes in canvas.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fid Cached pageck Not that any of that matters. Mack
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    Thanks Ron for the advise, yes I do see the void spaces and will work some more on them when I have time.
    I usually like to draw after a bath and supper. It is relaxing for me. I'm sure I will do several more drawings before the final draft. I just ordered a set of repidograph's, 7 pens new on ebay for $31.00. I thought that was a heck of a deal, I couldn't pass it up.
    Mack
    I have worked on the water all my life and I remember some people referring to it as a Marlinespike, but the terminology Fid was more common around the people I worked with. I was in hydraulic dredging. Anyway, thanks for the link and the correct terminology.
    Carl.
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    CRW,
    I think it has a good layout I am sure it will go through some refinement like all drawings before the final cut. I normaly draw on a mylar and lay it over the blade to see how it look as I do the changes.

    Ray

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    Ray
    Yes there will be many more drawings. I plan to draw on it this week end. I do not work in the wood shop on week ends. So during this time of building the Murphy Bed, and only getting to practice an hour a day, I still have my week ends.
    Thanks for the post
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    Good evening to all
    Here is a couple of drawings of the knife that I have been working on. The one at the top was the first then I decided to change a few things and did the one at the bottom.
    If I could get some comments tonight then I can make changes tomorrow if needed. Tomorrow is the only day I will have a lot of time to doodle on it, because Monday I will have to go back to the wood work.
    Ya'll tell me what you think of the design, as a layout, negative space, too much coverage, not enough or whatever your thoughts are. I am anxious to hear you opinions. It really makes me work harder at what I am doing.
    Thanks for looking and I am waiting to hear from you

    Carl


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    Holy smokes, I don't know anything about, it but I think it is a great improvement. I like it. I was in the Navy and carried several knives of this type with the spike or fid on it. Mostly used it for turning turnbuckels to batten down life boats and the captains gig on deck. I sure would have liked to have one with that engraved on the side of it. Mack
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