Monday, November 3, 2014

Tactical tomahawk destructive testing video

I finally got video edited together and uploaded showing my tactical 'hawks' various configurations and then doing some testing with them. 

It's fairly thorough and therefore long.  If you'd like to skip ahead to different sections, here's how it's divided up:

Design and Options - 1:22
Sheaths - 13:52
Cutting Wood - 22:57
Destructive Testing - 28:37

More video later.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Black oxide Benghazi Warfighter

Been playing around with a black oxide finish that I'm really digging and plan to be using more in the future.

These are the first two knives that I've sold with that finish.  Benghazi Warfighters in 5160 with black Tero Tuf handles and flared stainless tube rivets, black Kydex sheaths.  One went to Australia and the other to Canada.

And what the blades looked like without the black oxide.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Tactical Knives article online

If you missed the article by Joe Flowers about my work in the July issue (sadly, the final issue) of Tactical Knives magazine, it is now available online, with color photos.  So you can see the retina-searing neon lemon yellow of the cord wraps that just looked white in the b&w photos of the print issue.  :)

Monday, September 1, 2014

On the road again...

Back in Texas, though not back home yet.  It was interesting in Las Vegas because while it was above 100 degrees like in San Antonio, the much lower humidity meant that it actually felt comfortable in comparison!  We're putting in long days and lots of miles to get back and made our only early stop in Lubbock, my old college stomping grounds, this afternoon.  We saw the extreme of 113 degrees in Needles, California, with $4.89 gas and 77 degrees near the Grand Canyon, with $3.14 gas here in Lubbock.

I did manage to have a respectably full table, even if I did finish up sharpening in the hotel room and putting straps on the tomahawk sheaths at the show.

My loverly bride, Allie, always makes knife shows more fun.  :)  God bless her patience!

Right side of the table, with the bush swords.

Left side, featuring the new 15" tomahawks.

Three lengths of Wrecker 'hawks for comparison.

The 15" hammer poll sold.  I got a picture before it left the table.

And a couple of the Benghazi Warfighters.  I missed getting sheaths built for the black ones.  I'll get those together this week after getting back home.

The 15" 'hawks and the Benghazi Warfighters both feature a new handle material for me: Tero Tuf.  It's a composite material similar in concept to Micarta, but tougher and less toxic to work with, as well as feeling similar to canvas Micarta on the hand but a bit more comfortable.  I'm pretty happy with it, and sure plan to make use of it more in the future.

Had a lot of fun, met new folks, talked with old folks, made good contacts, sold some blades.  Good show!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Further progress

Here are the Benghazi Warfighters between their first and second tempering cycles.

My goal for the day is to grind and heat treat tomahawks.

Friday, August 22, 2014


Made some more progress today.

First got the wraps impregnated with marine epoxy, essentially making a composite material in place on the tangs.  They're solid now.

Then worked on the Benghazi Warfighters.

After cleanup grinding on the profiles, time to cut out the tangs with my fancy-shmancy high-moolah bandsaw.

Some cleanup grinding.

Drilled the rivet and lightening holes, then triple normalized.

And now they're soaking in vinegar overnight to eat the scale off.  All going well, they should have stock removal and heat treatment done tomorrow.