Doc Burgess Knives

If you are in Colorado on 8 April 2015 please attend a lecture I will give at the Ault, Colorado Library. Ault is about 70 miles north of Denver and 11 miles north of Greeley, Colorado. The talk will be a reading of my book, Comes A Pale Horse with details of the background and history of the setting. The book is a historical novel of the plains wars set in the west of 1864-65.

One book reviewer said this:

Burgess weaves a powerfull tale about the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre which occurred as the consequence of the 1861 formation of Colorado Territory out of Kansas Territory. Using fictional characters placed in the actual military units of such regiments as the 11th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, commanded by Colonel William O. Collins (the namesake to Fort Collins, Colorado), the 1st Colorado Cavalry, commanded by Colonel John Chivington, the 11th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, the 7th Iowa Cavalry, the 2nd Missouri Light Artillery, commanded by Colonel Nelson Cole, and the 12th Missouri Cavalry, Burgess tells the story of the Plains Wars of the 1860's. Throughout the work he discusses the importance of the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851 and its influence on the military and political development of the American West. While 200,000 square miles of territory on the plains of the Rocky Mountain West now belonged to the Indians, the United States government promptly began a treaty process to clear the Indians' claim of title to these lands with the Treaty of Fort Wise of 1861 held on the Arkansas River in Indian Territory of the Cheyennes and Arapahoes. After Colonel John Civington's cavalry killed several hundred old men, women and children at Sand Creek on 29 November, 1864, Roman Nose led an attack on Camp Rankin and Julesburg in northeast Colorado Territory. The War Department then incensed retaliated by forming the Powder River Expedition as a punitive action to move on the Indians in the Powder River country of present day Wyoming.

Burgess tells his story in a way reminding me of Tolstoy's WAR AND PEACE. It's the story of Old Man Afraid of His Horses, Roman Nose, Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, the government, the War Department and many military units. Epic in nature and well written, it's a good read.

The event begins at 7:00 pm lasting until 8:30 pm. There is no admission charge and the public is welcome.


The List Price for the above layered steel (128 layers of 1095 and 15n20) Damascus Burgess blade is $410.00


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LIST PRICE $220.00 plus $10.00 S&H in the United States.

This piece is 7 1/4 inches long. The blade from its tip to the forward portion of the bolster is 3 3/16 inches. The thickness of the blade is 3/16 inches. The scales are of Ziricote. The blade steel is of 154 CM and the bolsters are of 440 C stainless steel.

LIST PRICE $375.00 plus $10.00 S&H in the United States.

This skinner is about 9 3/4 inches long. The blade from its tip to the forward edge of the bolster is 5 1/8 inches long. The thickness of the 154 CM stainless steel blade is 5/32 inch. The scales are of Desert Ironwood.



The list price for the Marine knife above is$390.00 (SOLD) plus $10.00 for insurance, S&H. I made the piece from 154 CM stainless steel and I used Desert Ironwood for the handle. The bolsters are of 440 C stainless steel. I hand sewed a pouch sheath. The overall length of the knife is 10 5/8 inches. The blade from its tip to the forward edge of the bolster is 5 5/8 inches. For long range recon anywhere in the world. I have several knives with the boys in harms way. Semper Fi.

The List Price for this knife that I engraved with the cannon and eagle on the blade and floral work on the bolsters is $240.00 (SOLD). The steel is 440 C in both the blade and bolsters. It measures about 9 inches overall length. The blade from the tip to the forward portion of the bolster is 4 1/2 inches. It is 5/32 inches thick at the bolsters. The scales are of Rosewood.


The above knife, with the Cape buffalo engraved on the blade is listed at $240.00 (SOLD) It comes with a pouch sheath that I made and I hand sewed it. The steel is of 154 CM and the handle of Water Buffalo. Its overall length is 8 inches. I accept money orders, your personal check after it clears my bank, or cashiers checks.

The above three photos show a knife I handmade, engraved and that I offer for sale.

It is made from 154 CM stainless steel and priced at $310.00. (SOLD)

I accept money orders, cashier's checks or your personal check once it clears my bank.

Shipping and handling within the United States is by Priority mail and insured. The flat fee is $9.00. International buyers please email me for fees.

I will make you a custom knife of the type you'll find in my "Knife Gallery". Please write or email me for a quote. Prices start at $250.00 plus S&H.

To reach me by mail address: Doc Burgess, P.O. Box 96, Ault, CO 80610-0096


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To see several hundred photos of knives I have made please scroll to the bottom of this page and click on "Knife Gallery"

Sweetwater Press

Amy's Gold by Robert O. Burgess a narrative

  The blacksmith at the Black Horse Livery told him to turn his mules into the pasture and take whatever stock and tack he needed. "I heard about the holdup. Everyone in town knows about it by now," said the blacksmith. "Killed old Pervins. Drove stages all his life. I hope they don't hurt that little lady. She kind of gave a lift to this town while she was here." He bent over and picked up a piece of chain from the floor and laid it over the anvil and then turned to Jedediah. "Is Mr. Prescott all right?"

"Comes A Pale Horse"

A novel by Robert O. Burgess The quintessential work of the American West. 540 pages of dynamite western history exploding off the pages of the TREATY OF FORT LARAMIE WITH SIOUX, ETC., 1851

"Crazy Horse spent most of his life in Wyoming. At the age of eight he moved with his family from the Black Hills east of Powder River to the Platte River near Fort Laramie to attend the 1851 Treaty." "Caspar Collins grew up in Hillsboro, Highland County, Ohio. Near his home, at the age of eight in 1851, he fished the Muskingum River with his father. He lived three years on the river Platte . . . 1862-1865."

"The men are dressed in buckskins and wear big hats. They're eager to fight the Indians . . I think they'll be disappointed."

Caspar Collins, Letter to his mother Fall 1864, Sweetwater Station

From Comes A Pale Horse a novel by Robert O. Burgess Illustrated by Brenda Helm

"Powder River. . . some say it gave birth to the buffalo, its banks spawned the dinosaur, its waters the rain . . . and on a still night the spirits sing to the night birds while they plunge and dive to its shining surface . . . and see it there, in the starlight . . . it snakes across the landscape when the moon's just right . . . nomads roamed its banks for centuries, stopping here and there to chip an axe, a point, a scraper, an awl . . . some say those hills are sacred and the medicine wheel's a hallowed place . . . "

From Comes A Pale Horse

Red Desert

   During the Early Middle Eocene, fifty million years ago, Lake Gosiute was drying up. Its eastern border, located a few miles to the west of the Red Desert on the western slope of the Continental Divide was home to numerous crocodiles, turtles, flamingos and small dog-sized horses such as Hyracotherium with four toes on its front feet and three toes on its back feet. The most numerous fish in Lake Gosiute was Knightia, a small herring-like fish. Rushes and reeds were lake-shore plants and palm trees grew in her sandy soil. Cypress, fig, willow and laurel adorned the lower reaches of the lake while oak, maple and beech grew nearby. On the higher slopes fir, spruce and pine grew then as they do today.

Using the lost wax method I cast this arrowhead in sterling silver. I took an impression of a Wyoming-found point chipped between 800-1,200 years ago. Hyracotherium had disappeared many millions of years earlier, and the Indian's horse on the high desert was still several hundred years away. I inlaid this point in a knife I made of file steel.

"Hombre!" Charles froze in his tracks. "Looking for the gold?"

from Amy's Gold

     During May of 1868 the Union Pacific Railroad found its End of Track stalled on the Laramie River where Fort John Buford, now named Fort Sanders, greeted Jack Casement and his crew. Grenville Dodge, Major General serving under General William Tecumseh Sherman during the Civil War, took one year to construct the sixty miles of track from Cheyenne City to Laramie City over Dale Creek Bridge, an engineering marvel. Six-hundred and fifty feet long and three hundred-fifty feet in the air, it was magnificent. Michigan forests provided the timbers trained to End of Track.      In another thirty days the train crews found another challenge on the east bank of the North Platte River. Colonel Richard Irving Dodge, from Fort Sanders, took one company of cavalry and one company of infantry with him to provide an escort. His orders were to lay out the site for Fort Steele, across the river.      Across the river lay the Great Divide Basin formed by the Continental Divide where in its northwesterly course it splits into an eastern ridge of just under seven thousand feet and a western rim of the same altitude. The divide meanders to enclose a great basin almost circular in shape that is once more joined in a singular spine seven miles southwest of South Pass. The distance is one hundred miles east to west and one hundred miles north to south.      The waters on the west side of the divide flow into the Pacific and on the east into the Atlantic. The waters inside this Great Divide Basin have no way out and flow into the sand and disappear.

     To the south is Bridger's Pass on the Overland Trail; the north, the Sweetwater River on the Oregon Trail; to the southwest, Bitter Creek, home to Fort LaClede; ahead the Red Desert.

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