Monday, February 1, 2016

Primal/tactical ninja tanto

Just finished up this long tanto.  It's available; check out the Available Work link on the right.



The blade is 11 1/2" long, forged from 80CrV2 steel, and the handle is marine epoxy-impregnated tan-over-black paracord on top of a neoprene foundation.  And a tan Kydex sheath with a set of webbing slots.


There are a couple of things I tried on this one that is new to me.  I have forged the spine thinner on some previous tantos, leaving a rough ridgeline.  This time I filed the bevels as well.  Also, the bevel at the kissaki is a thick penetrator edge rather than a slicey edge.

 
 

Hey, look! It's that guy I am.

There's an article about my work in the March/April issue of Knives Illustrated.  Much thanks to Joshua Swanagon!

I picked up a copy for myself and one for my Mama.  :D



That makes articles in Tactical Knives (much lamented on the loss of that excellent title), Blade, and Knives Illustrated.  I appreciate the coverage, guys!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Oxtail chopper chops Christmas cheer chop-chop

The customer who bought the oxtail chopper sent me this feedback and gave me permission to re-post it.  I love getting to see my blades put to work.  :)

"Eight foot Christmas tree.


 You probably recognize this.


After a short time.

 
All ready to go.


My wife reminded me that our city would dispose of the whole tree for free. What fun would that be. Maybe I shouldn't have eaten that big turkey, cheese, avocado, bell pepper, and tomato sandwich first.

 Too much fun. This blade really bites when I pay attention enough to chop with the sweet spot. Tried a couple of different techniques.... one with big, deep, hard biting chops, and one with more, but lighter, faster, shallow, chipping type cuts. Both were fun. The first made faster inroads, and mixed my sandwich up. The second was easier and not as tiring.

 Have a great beginning to the new year."

Biohazard Outbreak Response bush sword video

I put together a little video with the bush sword last night.  I don't know that it has much new info, but it gives an impression of the size in hand.  I'm 6' 2" for scale.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Oxtail sheath

The fellow who bought the oxtail bush sword requested a Kydex sheath, so I built this before shipping it to him.


It takes a lot of rivets to make a Kydex sheath for an 18" blade!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Biohazard Outbreak Response CQC Blade - Resident Evil inspired

This is a blade design I've been wanting to do for a looong time.  The initial inspiration came from the large blade used by Chris Redfield in the video game Resident Evil 5 (sold under the name Biohazard 5 in Japan).  I'm not a gamer, but have my finger on the pulse of the gaming world a bit.  I spent a long time scouring the Internet for a good picture of the knife and found nothing that showed a good profile shot of the blade.  Finally, a good picture showed up in my Google Images search.  I made a pattern, heated up some 80CrV2, and got to hammering.

The blade is 14 1/2" long and very pointy.  The tip drew a few drops of blood while working on it, before there was ever an edge on it.  The top side is a false edge.

The in-game knife has slab handles and a handle shape somewhat similar to the MercWorx Goliath.  At some point I will play around with translating the video game handle design into something comfortable for the hand in the real world, but on this one I went with an integral socket handle with coyote tan paracord for the main wrap and black two-strand Turk's head knots, impregnated with West System marine epoxy.


And a coyote tan Kydex sheath with some provision for straps.  In the game, Chris wears it in a heavy leather sheath over his left shoulder and does a funky combination cross draw, strike, and re-sheath in one smooth motion that would be essentially impossible (certainly difficult) in real life.


And it feels badass in the hand.  :D


This is definitely a design that I will be returning to. 

Because those damn zombies just won't kill themselves. 

This one is for sale in the Available Work section.

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Oxtail Saber Bush Sword

This is one of my last bush swords to be forged from 5160.  It's in the oxtail saber style that makes for a graceful, powerful chopper.  The blade is 18" long, with a false edge on the top side.


 The handle is an integral socket wrapped in black paracord with two-strand Turk's head knots fore and aft, all impregnated with West System marine epoxy.

 
This one is for sale.  Check the Available Work section.