The mainspring housing is a standard flat blank that is blended into the frame almost without a seam, so it looks bigger than it actuallly is. The grip is actually quite small on this gun because of the way I contoured and blended the frame after the "WAVE" was milled. It feels really good in the hand.
You are being too easy today Peter :grin: I suspect you need more work to do :grin:
Thanks for the compliments guys. I just took some extra time on the slide prep before blueing. I suspect some of it is the late fall lighting too.
The logo thing is always a heart burn. Much as I like Dick Heinie or any of the better smiths I sure as heck don't care to have their name scrolled across "my" gun. Heinie does it the most tasteful I have seen. When Swenson did a nice gun, his single stamp was certainly tolerable. A half dozen of them isn't. Wetstein's "Auto Shop" was tasteful IMO. But since I don't want someone else's hooky logo or their name covering half the slide of a gun I paid good money for, I resisted for a long time before I would mark my work in any manner.
At some point my clients demanded it and I caved in.
A tasteless maker's mark has kept me from buying more than a few of the custom guns available that I want.
At the very least the thistle actually has something to do with my heritage and many others. If you're a Scotsman it is darn well your mark too.
If not, is is easy to ignore and also easy to identify my work by. Now can we talk about that 1% :grin:
Just an after thought but if a guy were good enough, his work would stand alone, without the need for a makers mark to identify it. The knowledgable owners of Samurai Katana and Wakizashi (swords) can tell the maker of a sword by the forging and polishing without a signature (mei) on the hilt (nakago). Those swords are up to 1300 years old. You can forge a makers mark but seldom is the end result copied in a passable manner.
Think anyone is going to mistake Ned's sight installations, Heinie's checkering and metal work or an original Swenson from his prime? Think about it? You have seen a lot of guns on this web site. Which ones stand out in your mind.
I find a maker's mark annoying. Even mine.
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I just got back from a week of aerial gunnery, so I'm having to catch up with this discussion a bit late.
I find the maker's mark issue to be a real paradox: on one hand, this can be an appropriate and lasting way to call attention to the lineage of a fine custom pistol; on the other, it often just mars the surface of an otherwise beautiful gun. Catch 22.
How many times have you seen a 1911 that might have appealed to you had it not been for a proliferation of tasteless rollmarks or tacky logos? Large, deep, heavily-lined stampings have seemingly become the order of the day, despite the fact that -- for most of us, anyway -- less truly is more. I really like a "clean" 1911.
This begs the question: have any of the better pistolsmiths ever taken to placing their mark inside of the frame and/or slide? It seems to me that this approach offers the best of both worlds: a gun with a clearly discernable heritage, yet marked in a manner that in no way detracts from the overall aesthetics of the piece. I seriously doubt that this is a new idea, but why don't we hear more about it?
Signing ones best work is a time honored tradition in the firearms industry. Thats not something I want to see go away. Tastefully done it can add to a firearms appearance and appeal. I think etching it in says something about the guy making the gun, and what it says I dont like.
Small initials or logos are fine if their interesting. Some of the older proof marks are very eye appealing, some are butt ugly.
I suspect that from the better gun builders this issue isn't a big problem. if their going to go to all the trouble of making the guns right in the first place then their going to at least take as much pride in tagging their piece as they did making it.
Probably the best of both worlds is when the gun in question has no markings, but those in the know can tell who built it just by the way its done. That would be the greatest compliment a gun maker can get, to be known simply by his work.
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