Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Blade Show?

Isn't the Blade Show coming up sometime soon?  Better get a move on!  (These are not all I have, there's a decent showing squirrelled away ready to pack and take.)

Some forged 80CrV2 blades ready for their handles to be impregnated with marine epoxy.

Mid-tech knives in 3/16" 80CrV2 ready to heat treat.

And hardened, about to close the kiln and start their first tempering cycle.

There will be representatives of 6 of the 9 mid-tech designs I'm working on.  Wish I could have them all, but it just doesn't work out logistically.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Sinuous bush sword

In addition to feeding mosquitos and getting ready for the Blade Show, I've been working on a fair number of commissions this month.  Three of them are variations on my sinuous bush sword.  This is the first one finished.

The blade is 16", forged from 5160, with an integral socket handle wrapped in marine epoxy-impregnated paracord.  The raised clip is a false edge.

A black Kydex sheath to accompany it.

And a look at it in hand.

The second of these got heat treated tonight, and the third will have to wait until after the Blade Show to get finished up.  And now to hit the hay so I can get to working on sharp-and-pointies in the morning.  :)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Blade Show sale

Check out my "Available Work" on the right of the page.  Just added a piece for sale.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Short bush sword/long bush knife, plus Blade Show preview

This was the quickest turnaround time on any order I've ever done, and it was just happenstance.  I had a fellow call me up wanting a shorter version of a bush sword that he had seen posted on a bushcraft forum.  This particular bush sword is on my business card in a picture showing it having cut through a tree almost as big around as the length of the blade.  He wanted a shorter version, which would really take it out of bush sword proportions into large camp knife territory.  I was already going to be forging another bush sword blade and had a looming bill that could be eased with another order, so I took it on and had it shipped out the next week.

The blade is 10.5" including the choil, and the handle is an integral socket with marine epoxy-impregnated hemp wrap and two-strand Turk's head knots.  It's forged from 5160.

A shot of it in hand with my camera acting funky.

Here's the picture of the original that's on my business card.

And after cutting all the way through.

And a look at some of the forged work I plan to have on my table in Atlanta.  Still need to do tactical tomahawks and mid-tech fixed blades, too.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Primal/tactical shorty

I posted this knife a little while back:

It was actually forged after this one:

The customer who got the slab-handled one liked the blade shape of the cord-wrapped one, but decided his commanding officer (for whom he was buying the knife) would rather have the slab handle, and without the false edge to make it a little less aggressive-looking.

I finished up the cord-wrapped one (5 1/4" blade forged from 80CrV2), and it ended up being bought by a tac medic here in Texas.  I had to ask what that entailed, and apparently they get called in when there is some kind of SWAT event or other "shots fired" situations.

Per his request I added a Combat Loop (similar to a TekLok, different latching mechanism) for scout carry.

He plans on carrying it as his EDC, and added his RATs tourniquet to the sheath.  I love Kydex.  :)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

April 2015 Balcones Forge meeting

Oh yeah, if you are in the area, I will be hosting the April meeting of Balcones Forge, the San Antonio/Austin area blacksmithing group.  My plan, such as it is, is to focus on simple heat treatment of simple steels for simple minds.  I'd love to have you come by if you can make it!

More info here:

I'm alive!

And doing ok!

But seriously, folks, I've been putting in a lot of time in the shop 'midst the humidity and giant skeeters.  Part of it has been working on launching my line of stock removal knives that I've been working on for a while.  To see the first fruits of that labor, be sure to check out the Grinding Division side of things: Helm Enterprises, Grinding Division

In short form, I am turning several of my forged designs, plus some all-new ones, into mid-tech stock removal knives.  For several reasons that I'll go into later, but primarily so that I can get more knives out the door to customers without compromising quality.  

New and exciting bladed things upcoming!  Keep tabs on it.