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    Armor plate Knife

    It's not exactly a 'todays find' more like 'transformation finished today', so Mods feel free to move this if you think to do so.

    It's made of a find i found in Feb. this year when i was on a battlefield search with a team of the German University of Osnabrück and a film team of National Geographic. We were researching German and American front lines in the Hurtgen Forest.

    The truck with digging equipment and GPS stuff


    German canteen with bullet hole, american cable drum for field phones and German mortar.






    It was cold on the free field. Really cold. But the only time of the year we could work there.


    Now to the knife. We found a piece of armor plate when excavating an US dugout filled with trash from the battle. It had a nice ring when hit with metal, the ring hardened steel has. As this piece was not of interest i took it from the trash bin to take it as souvenir.
    On my way back home an idea became a plan. And it was a long icy way home.


    Cleaned up and shaped into a knife this plate hit the gas forge.


    Forging the blade


    First try with the Elmwood handles. I'm more familar with steel than wood...


    Finished knife, hardened, polished an sharpened. I did some filework on the back.




    Today i finished the display with a brass plate.
    It says: forged from armor plate, found in the Hurtgen forest, 1944/2019






    Thanks for looking!
    Last edited by Westfront; Jul 03, 2019 at 02:46 PM.

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    us
    May 2019
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    Very nice!
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    Lost?Mind

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    Wow, a great fine, and work transforming into a great looking knife, cool display also. Thanks for posting. Marion from the upstate of s.c.
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    papa

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    Some sobering finds, and a great job re-purposing that piece of wartime steel. You did outstanding work on that!


    "And so the population was gradually led into the demoralising temptations of arcades, baths, and sumptuous banquets. The unsuspecting Britons spoke of such novelties as 'civilisation', when in fact they were only a feature of their enslavement." Tacitus, Roman Senator and Historian, written AD 98.

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    de
    Oct 2018
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    Westfront...thanks for the great story, very interesting to see a battlefield hunt...amazing job on crafting the knife and display plaque..definitely a memory you will never forget...good luck with your hunts. Walt
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    jacdec1968

    Feb 2014
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    That is really nice. Also a very nice presentation and photos. Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WG2020 View Post
    Westfront...thanks for the great story, very interesting to see a battlefield hunt...amazing job on crafting the knife and display plaque..definitely a memory you will never forget...good luck with your hunts. Walt
    Thank You! It's not the first knife i made, but this was really special with the history behind it.
    I'm invited every year to detect for the University. Their plan is to create a virtual map of the battlefield with magnetometer and ground radar. Great thing is to detect sites to confirm the combat reports written during the battle.
    This battlefield is kind of national heritage and detecting is strictly prohibited. It's like the chance to detect Gettysburg.
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    Title? old fart

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    As a kid in Germany in the early 60s, "we" found numerous items that were still live like mortar rounds that were taken from us by security police and rightly so. I love making knives as well and yours is super awesome for what it is made of and from. very cool job.
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    LUKE 15 : 8 "OR WHAT WOMAN, IF SHE HAS TEN SILVER COINS AND LOSES ONE COIN,DOES NOT LIGHT A LAMP AND SWEEP THE HOUSE AND SEARCH CAREFULLY UNTIL SHE FINDS IT?" 15 : 9 "AND WHEN SHE HAS FOUND IT, SHE CALLS TOGETHER HER FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS, SAYING, "REJOICE WITH ME, FOR I HAVE FOUND THE COIN WHICH I HAD LOST!"

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    de
    Apr 2017
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    Boy howdy das ist mal wirklich was Besonderes!!!!!! Danke für die coole Geschichte.
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    dan

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    nicework!!! excellent ide
    a!!!
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    Great job with the knife, congrats!
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    Hawks88

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    Beautiful absolutely beautiful job. Congrats
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    Absolutely fantastic. Sub
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    I know LEO and Fire badges...I know toy soldiers...I am learning about everything else from you!

    Confuse-Us Say: "Man wearing steel toed boots should not metal detect."

    What "unearth" are you doing out there?

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    Thanks for sharing that great job you did and those finds are nothing short of amazing I would hunt that spot in my boxers to find any of that stuff Welldone and great post my Friend Tommy

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