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12/12/2007

Miniatures: Lums #007 to #009

Few people knew that Bob makes miniatures. I only found out when I stumbled onto a Stag Handled Tanto Miniature in the hands of a Japanese collector. I then asked Bob to make me a few. Of course I had to have a Tanto, and one of the Grandmaster Darn Dao. They were made as a match set with African Blackwood handles. I then asked Bob to make one more Grandmaster Darn Dao, but to dress it up. He did so with Ivory handles. These are scaled replicas of his full size models; including such details as tapered tangs, full bolster, and even the full spine swedge he often did on his tantos (see photo below).


#7, #8, and #9 (Top to bottom):

#7: is an Ivory Handled Miniature Grandmaster Darn Dao. Blade length is 3.5", OAL of 5.5".

#8: is an African Blackwood Handled Miniature Grandmaster Darn Dao. Blade length is 3.5", OAL of 5.5".

#9: is a African Blackwood Handled Miniature Tanto. Blade length is 2.25", OAL of 4".

Unfortunately, Bob did not enjoy making these, as they took the same amount of effort as a full size model. Which may explains why he made so few. It may also explain why he tends to charge near full price for them. :-)

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