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Gary Busey (acing page) holds his Zac Buchanan knie and the birthday cake. Buchanan’s repro o the Loveless Mini Wilderness pattern, the classic fghter sports a blade o CPM-154 stainless,a sambar stag handle, and gold engraving by the author (note the “Hands” moti or the author’s surname). (Point Seven knie photo)
arly last year, a riend o mineasked me to keep an eye out orsome good collectible knives.“What are you looking or?” Iasked.“Well,” he began, “I want two knivesor you to engrave, maybe a bowie anda ghter. One is going to be a birthday gi or a ather, Gary Busey, and theother a birthday gi rom Gary to hisson, Jake.”Tis was going to be un! A veteranactor, Gary has appeared on televisionand in such movies as
Te Buddy HollyStory
—or which he received an Acad-emy Award nomination or Best Ac-tor—
Lethal Weapon, Under Siege, TeFirm, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
and many others, though in today’s“what-have-you-done-lately” world,he may be best known or his appear-ance last year on Donald rump’s
Ce-lebrity Apprentice 4
. Gary’s son Jake isalso an actor.
Te 2011 BLADE Show was ap-proaching and I told my riend I wouldkeep an eye out or the knives there.Moreover, as soon as he mentioned
, I thought o my old riend,kniemaker Charles Sauer. Charles andI had done a ew really nice knives back in the 1990s. He orges his own damas-cus, and a damascus bowie would be agood counterpoint to the as-yet-to-be-determined ghter.
I called Charles and he said he had ablank or a Dall DeWeese-style bowiehe could nish up in a ew weeks. Abit later he sent me an e-mail describ-ing the knie and explaining a bitabout William Dallas “Dall” DeWeese(1857-1928).“Dall was a amous big-game hunterin the late 1800s. He was largely re-sponsible or the opening up o big-game hunting in Alaska. Te notablething to me,” Charles noted, “is thathe not only designed his knie but hadit made—kind o like the Jim Bowiestory. Most all kniemakers back thenwere indentured, so whoever madehis knie was probably a blacksmith.I stayed true to the pattern but blewit up rom a hunting knie to a bowie.Te pattern also has that old ‘GreenRiver avor,’ which is very popular.”Charles spared no efort in obtain-ing the materials and preparing themor the knie.
“I took a piece o the top rail o a baby mine car track rom the gold mines inMontana, a chunk rom an Apache at-tack helicopter chain-gun barrel, andseven pieces I cut out o an antique icesaw. I orged out the mine track andthe barrel into two bars, then cut themboth into seven pieces,” he explained.“Ten, I alternated the three steelsinto a 21-stack and orged them downand out into a billet, then handorgedit roughly to the shape o the knie. Ialso zone tempered/diferentially heattreated the blade, [including cryogeni-cally treating] it. Te chain gun andmine track are pretty so steels, so theice saw [steel] helped [balance themout].”Te bolsters are bridge cable and thebolster pins are damascus as well. Tehandle is presentation ironwood withnickel-silver pins. Te inlaid sheath isby Paul Long. “Paul is the best sheath-maker around,” Charles opined.When I received the knie, I was ex-tremely pleased. Te damascus patternis very appropriate or what I call the“overall avor” o the knie. Te pinswere engravable and Charles le mea polished spot on the bottom o thetang on which to engrave an inscrip-tion. With one knie down and one togo, I went to work.
Among his many movie roles, Busey played Commander Krill in
. (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Busey was nominated or an Oscar or Best Actor or his perormance in the title role o 1978’s
The Buddy HollyStory
. Holly was a major infuence on rock ‘n roll during the 1950s and on such perormers as The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Linda Ronstadt and many others.(Columbia Pictures photo)
The auThor embellishes Charles sauer and ZaCbuChanan knives for aCTors Gary and Jake busey