Biohazard Outbreak Response Blade, Short

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Biohazard Outbreak Response Blade, Short

Post by Storm Crow » Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:38 pm

I've made a number of bush swords down through the years inspired by a certain blade in a zombie-killing video game. They typically are around 15" blades. Here's the first of this basic style to be made, back in 2015:

Imagebiohazard (3) by James Helm, on Flickr

I recently made a shorter blade that is essentially the Biohazard Outbreak Response Blade scaled down to a 9 3/4" blade. I really dig it!

This was the fastest knife to sell that I've done. I had forged and trimmed to the rough shape, posted a picture on Instagram, and it was laid claim to within three minutes! :D

Here's the initial picture:

Imagezkiller06 by James Helm, on Flickr

It was finished out with a thick false edge, aggressifying the aesthetics but not coming close to a cutting edge. The customer wanted a hemp cord wrap, and I topped it off with a three-strand Turk's head knot in paracord.

Imagezkiller01 by James Helm, on Flickr

The sheath has my first-ever molded drainage hole at the tip, again per the customer's request.

Imagezkiller02 by James Helm, on Flickr

Feels great in the hand!

Imagezkiller03 by James Helm, on Flickr

In comparison with a tanto with an 8 7/8" blade. Similar lengths, totally different knives!

Imagezkiller05 by James Helm, on Flickr

The customer's response upon getting it was, "What is this damn monstrosity!" In a good way. :mrgreen:
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Re: Biohazard Outbreak Response Blade, Short

Post by flybynight » Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:55 pm

That knife is so awesome, it just don't seem fair.
As of now I bet you got me wrong

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Re: Biohazard Outbreak Response Blade, Short

Post by The Twizzler » Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:06 pm

I really like your knives :) but based on past experience I don't buy knives without a guard. Any inclinations to make such a knife?
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Re: Biohazard Outbreak Response Blade, Short

Post by Storm Crow » Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:24 pm

Flybynight - I like that! :mrgreen:

The Twizzler - If I never have to fit up a guard again, that'll be fine by me. :D The Turk's head provides plenty of mechanical lock to keep your hand on the handle. This is a design I will be playing around with some more, including a mid-tech run of 'em. A mid-tech version will most likely have an integral guard built in.
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Re: Biohazard Outbreak Response Blade, Short

Post by teotwaki » Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:44 pm

Your photos of the knives are a big plus towards selling them. Nice settings.
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Re: Biohazard Outbreak Response Blade, Short

Post by Storm Crow » Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:47 pm

teotwaki wrote:Your photos of the knives are a big plus towards selling them. Nice settings.
I used to use a big digital camera I bought from a pro photographer. I would take nine shots of each picture and sort through to eliminate the blurry ones. Now, it's an older iPhone with no filter, usually one shot. :lol:

The background is usually a big sandstone wash up the hill from my shop. It's like a mini Grand Canyon. You can move over a couple of feet and have a different colored rock background.
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

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