Saturday, April 19, 2014

Corn-handled Benghazi Warfighter

The customer for this knife wanted a green handle with yellow liners.  After looking through the various handle options, he chose a material that I'd been wanting to play with: Warwood.  It's a Micarta-esque material built entirely from corn waste products and plant resins, originally used in the hulls of MRAP (mine-resistant, ambush-protected) military vehicles as part of their armor to protect against IEDs.  The yellow liners are standard vulcanized fiber material.

6" blade of 5160, stainless steel flared tube rivets.



Kydex sheath with TekLok.



It was one of the blades I took on my honeymoon to work on finishing up.  I finalized the sharpening and installed the TekLok in Moab, Utah, and took pics in Arches National Park, by Park Avenue Canyon.



And today he sent me this picture of it whacking off branches from a willow tree in his yard:


I commented that it did all right for a knife that wasn't built primarily as a chopper.  His response:  "It's just so damn sharp!"  :D

Much appreciation to him for his patience in dealing with my distracted mind while getting ready for the wedding.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Home again

I'm back home after an AWESOME honeymoon that spanned much of the Southwest.  My wife and I are working on consolidating households, which means turning my barbaric burrow of bachelorhood into a semi-barbaric abode of quasi-civilized co-habitation.  Curtains in the windows and everything!

In the meantime, I'm also working on catching up on e-mails.  Please continue to be patient with me as I try to get back with you.  If you haven't heard back yet, feel free to give me another ping.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Contact information

Several people have contacted me since the Tactical Knives article came out, and a couple mentioned it was a bit hard to find how to reach me.

By phone: (210) 209-1549  I have no problem discussing things on the phone and answering questions, and it is a good way to get a lot of information across quickly.  However, it's easier to refer back to what we had previously discussed with e-mail, so I usually ask that the customer e-mail me after the phone conversation to remind me what we had decided upon.

By e-mail:  helmforge@gmail.com

I am a one man shop at the moment, so sometimes the secretarial duties get a bit neglected.  If you haven't heard back from me in a timely fashion, please send me another message.

Workin' for the weekend.

I'm getting married on Saturday.  Between now and then I need to finish up these:



All the 'hawks and five of the knives need Kydex sheaths.

If everything keeps going as smoothly as it has been, I can pull it off, though I will probably be taking them with me to mail to customers from the honeymoon trip.  My loverly bride-to-be, bless her heart, is ok with this.  :)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Tactical Knives article bush sword

I just had an article by Joe Flowers come out in the July issue (yes, already on the stands in March!) of Tactical Knives Magazine.  He reviewed a bush sword and companion knife that I made for him with an ambidextrous, modular leather sheath rig by Luke Swenson (www.swensonknives.com).  I've had several e-mails and calls congratulating me on the article and asking questions after reading it.

The photos by Terrill Hoffman are terrific, but they're in black and white and don't convey the retina-searing neon lemon color of the paracord wrap on the handle.  I chose the color after seeing another article Joe wrote about a river rafting knife that also had a bright yellow handle for high visibility.





A nice personal touch from Luke.


We also made a rig at the same time for fellow TK writer Reuben Bolieu.  In contrast, I used retina-searing neon orange paracord for his.  I found out later that he likes orange tools for working in jungle as it shows up easily if dropped among leaves.  He's posted on various forums photos of the rig being used to cut wood for fires and shelters, cutting good-sized logs to build a raft, making shavings for fire starter, clearing tall grass, etc.  Here it is with him on a trip to Peru: http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php/1003545-Peru-2012-Fall-Class-Part-2?highlight=raft 







I handed over the rigs to these two gentlemen at the Blade Show.  Here's Joe with his:


And, from left to right, Luke, Reuben, and me.



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Gettin' hitched!

I'm getting married on March 29th (WOOHOO!!!).  I've been putting in some long days trying to get as much work finished up and off to customers before then as I can, and have gotten behind some in my e-mail correspondence.  So if you haven't heard back from me as quickly as I should answer, please be patient and give me another ping.  I'll try to get back with you ASAP.

On a related note, I will be taking my laptop with me on my honeymoon so that I can answer e-mails, but don't be surprised if there's a delay then too.  I intend to be very occupied.  :D

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Knife Rights Warfighter

In support of Knife Rights' efforts in safeguarding the owners of all things sharp from pernicious legislation, I'm again donating to their yearly Ultimate Steel fundraising raffle.  Last year was a bush sword with a leather sheath rig by Luke Swenson.  This year, it's one of my Benghazi Warfighter model and a Kydex sheath I made for it.

The knife is 11 3/4" overall, with a blade length of 6 3/4" and a false edge about 2/3 the blade length.  It's forged from 1/4" 5160 that's been triple normalized, triple hardened, and triple tempered.  The handle is black canvas Micarta with flared stainless steel tubing rivets.

The point is a bit more aggressive on this particular one than what I've been making, and it's something I'm going to incorporate into the Benghazi Warfighter design.


It comes with a black Kydex sheath with a large TekLok.



I appreciate Knife Rights' work and am glad to help them out.  I've seen their efforts to change restrictive laws here in my own state of Texas, and they are making a positive change for knife owners.  This set is on its way to them and will have better photos taken of it than what my own poor efforts can do, and I'll put up the better pics when I get them.