Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Bevy of bush swords

Some bush swords recently finished up and off to their new owners.

All are 80CrV2 steel with marine epoxy-impregnated cord wraps and Boltaron sheaths.

About a 13 1/2" blade, based on a wooden Filipino training sword the customer already had.  Black on black wrap.

 


This one is about a 16" blade.  It was made for an old schoolmate of mine, one grade ahead but who was in several classes with me in high school.  Olive drab on OD wrap, tan Boltaron.

I had made it almost 36 years without any stitches.  As I was re-sheathing it from taking these pics, the sheath slipped and I cut the ever-lovin' crap out of the thumb on my dominant hand, earning 10 stitches.  I tweaked the sheath to be a smidge looser before mailing it to him.  :)  Sure has made it challenging to get ready for the Blade Show.



And finally, a two-hander with an 18" blade and a hemp cord wrap.  Wasn't sure about it, but by the time I finished up, I really liked it.  Fast and powerful!






Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Pre-Blade Show commissioned blades

The Blade Show approaches with frightening rapidity, as usual.  I have two tables and at the moment nothing ready. 

I did have this 5160 blade, but it sold within a few minutes of me posting it on Instagram.  My wife wasn't too happy about that, but my pickup's transmission decided it needed rebuilt RIGHT NOW and I needed the money.


The rest of these were commissions that I finished up prior to the show.  They're all 80CrV2 steel with Boltaron sheaths.

These two are about 7 1/2" blades.





A 5" blade with retina-searing neon orange over hemp, for a deer hunter who wanted a hi-viz knife handle.


And a blade a bit over 6".



And now, panic mode engage!  Time to FORGE AHEAD!!!!  :D :D :D :D

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Helm/Tendick Wakizashi/Tanto Daisho Wakizashi

Note: These are available.  Check out the "Available Work" section for details.

Sometime last year I made an o-tanto that caught the eye of the very talented Ben Tendick of BRT Bladeworks in Oregon.  We had been wanting to do a collaboration for a while, and it seemed like a good direction to go.  The tanto was slated for someone, so I forged another, and ended up making a wakizashi in the same style as well.  I forged the blades, and Ben did the rest of the work.

Here's what was sent to Ben, a 16" and a 11.5" blade forged from 80CrV2 steel, heat treated and ready for Ben to work his magic on the handles.  I left the tangs big and blocky to give Ben plenty of canvas on which to paint.


Ben worked them down, shouldered the tangs to fit the tsubas, and drilled the holes to anchor the wrap.


I left all the details to Ben on how he wanted to finish.  He decided to use wrought iron for the tsubas.  In his words, "I did my best to capture that well used Ronin style in this set."




And copper menuki with his touchmark.


He went with antiqued cotton cord for the underlay. 


Finished up.

 






 
 
I think Ben nailed it.   8-)

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Benghazi Warfighters and Little Roks

Working on a small batch of mid-tech stock removal Benghazi Warfighters and Little Roks.  These are cut from 3/16" 80CrV2 steel, ground and heat treated, and coated with Cerakote.  They will be getting TeroTuf handle scales and Boltaron sheaths.  When finished, they will be available at Blue Line Gear.

Blue Line Gear

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Camp chopper and Hisshou re-wrap

A couple more blades that have recently left my shop.

The first is a camp chopper traded to another knifemaker for a kitchen knife for my wife.  It's taken a loooong time for me to finish it up.  It has a 13" blade forged from 80CrV2 steel, with a tan over black paracord wrap and tan Kydex sheath.

 

The second is a re-wrap on a CRKT Hisshou, designed by James Williams.  I usually don't work on other people's blades, but this is the design that started me playing around with tanto designs of my own.  The customer had already stripped off the handle wrap and ray skin underlay, leaving the polymer bolster in place.  I laid down a neoprene foundation, followed by a tan paracord underlay and tang paracord overlay, with a three-strand Turk's head knot on top of the bolster.


The sheath on this is Boltaron, very similar to Kydex but less susceptible to temperature changes once molded.  I think it has some better definition as well.  The pistol holster guys like it.  This is what I'll be using on sheaths now.


The Hisshou is zero ground, something I've never done, but I touched it up with my stropping belt on my belt grinder with some green chrome compound.  He noticed, sayin, "It's friggin' shaving sharp!"  :D

Friday, March 30, 2018

Parangs and bolos

I recently forged out four choppers for inventory for the Blade Show, two parangs and two bolos.  A couple of customers came along and laid claim to one of each design, so now I have one parang and one bolo for Blade.  Better get hammering!

They were all forged from 3/16" 80CrV2 steel and came out light and fast in the hand.


The parangs ended up with hemp cord wraps and paracord Turk's head knots.  All of them got Boltaron sheaths.





The bolos got paracord wraps and fully sharpened top edges.  The one claimed by a customer got a "rattler" pattern camo paracord per the customer's request, as well as a shoulder sling.







Both customers were happy with their blades.  The fellow who got the parang sent some pictures of it being used for yard work, along with a blade from my buddy Tobin Nieto.





Always glad to see my blades put to work.  :)

Monday, March 26, 2018

Biohazard Outbreak Response Blade, Short

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:
 
 
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:
 

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.
 

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

 
 
Feels great in the hand!
 

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

The customer's response upon getting it was, "What is this damn monstrosity!"  In a good way.    :D