Forge-finished finery, bush swords, etc.

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Forge-finished finery, bush swords, etc.

Post by Storm Crow » Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:24 pm

Been busy banging out bodadacious blades. Here are some recents. 80CrV2 steel, cord wraps, and Boltaron sheaths all around.

A biohazard outbreak reaction bush sword and smaller utility knife that went to a repeat customer in Canada. The bush sword has scorched hemp for the main wrap and black paracord Turk's head knots. The smaller knife has tan paracord over hemp, with a black paracord Turk's head.

Imagekq01 by James Helm, on Flickr

A similarly-sized (6"~ blade) knife as the above utility, with hemp.

Imagedb01 by James Helm, on Flickr

Variations on Benghazi Warfighters, two with sharpened upper edges.

Imageknife01 by James Helm, on Flickr

Imageknife03 by James Helm, on Flickr

Imageknife04 by James Helm, on Flickr

Imageknife02 by James Helm, on Flickr

Imageknife05 by James Helm, on Flickr

A Benghazi Warfighter with black oxide finish, headed to an Army Ranger. He had commissioned a bigger chopper/fighter from me a few years ago, a variation of my Aggression design (I need to make some more of those). We decided this was a "micro-Aggression" and the sheath is a "safe space" from it. :D He can't tell me yet where he's deploying, but this is going with him.

Imagebw01 by James Helm, on Flickr

Imagebw02 by James Helm, on Flickr

A couple of donation blades, the first for Knife Rights in their continued fight to remove restrictions on the ability of law-abiding citizens to carry arms in the United States. This year, a falcata-ish bush sword with retina-searing neon orange underlay.

Imagedonation02 by James Helm, on Flickr

I don't realize how big my hands look until I take a picture of me holding a blade.

Imagedonation05 by James Helm, on Flickr

And a much smaller donation knife for my old high school, raising funds for teacher projects that run outside the school budget.

Imagedonation04 by James Helm, on Flickr

One of the most useful comments I've had on my work came years ago when a knife dealer told me my blades were good but my sheaths sucked. I have worked to make that better, and think I have achieved a decent level of workmanlike sheaths.

Imagedonation01 by James Helm, on Flickr

Imagedonation03 by James Helm, on Flickr

And finally, the first oxtail dao I've done in a long time. The customer had as reference a picture of one I built many years ago.

Imagedao by James Helm, on Flickr

Here's what I came up with for him. He was quite taken with the results.

Imageoxtail01 by James Helm, on Flickr

I'd say I've improved through the years. The top edge is fully sharpened on the new one.

Imageoxtail03 by James Helm, on Flickr

The design called for an open-backed sheath.

Imageoxtail02 by James Helm, on Flickr

Ok, headed to the shop to work on some carcass splitters. :)
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Re: Forge-finished finery, bush swords, etc.

Post by Ellywick » Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:12 am

Nice! I especially like the profile of the oxtail!
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Re: Forge-finished finery, bush swords, etc.

Post by Storm Crow » Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:44 pm

Thank you, Ellywick! :D
Proud to be a Neo-Tribal Metalsmith scavenging the wreckage of civilization.

Forged blades: http://www.helmforge.com

Stock removal blades: http://www.helmgrind.com

The Wasteland Crow Project: http://wastelandcrow.blogspot.com

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Re: Forge-finished finery, bush swords, etc.

Post by Halfapint » Sun Apr 21, 2019 11:26 pm

As always, great work! Best looking knives around!
JeeperCreeper wrote:I like huge dicks, Halfapint, so you are OK in my book.... hahaha
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