Thursday, April 18, 2019

Forge-finished finery, bush swords, etc.

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.

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

Variations on Benghazi Warfighters, two with sharpened upper edges.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

The top edge is fully sharpened.  The design called for an open-backed sheath.

Ok, headed to the shop to work on some carcass splitters.  :)

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Massive picture post: whole lotta forged blades

It's been a very busy last several months, and while I have produced a good number of blades, I haven't been as active online to post them.  So here's most of them from recent months.  :D

Everything is 80CrV2 steel, with various combinations of paracord and hemp wrapped handles, and Boltaron sheaths except for the two retina-searing colors, which are Kydex.

In vague order from November to February:

This chopper was forged very close to the final shape.  Minimal stock removal on the bevels.

A rare foldover sheath:

My eyes!

Not the same tan tanto as above.

A very rare kiridashi.

O tanto with a 13 1/2" blade and wakizashi with a 15 3/4" blade.  The waki was a commission from a Green Beret.

This 9" recurve was finished just in time to be a Christmas gift.


Did a number of ginuntings, have more in the future.

My eyes!

Hey, look, a midtech Little Rok with CNC machined bevels! Slowly making progress.  :D

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Lamb splitter and carcass splitter

A couple of new big blades that got shipped out earlier this month.  Two firsts on these: the cord-wrapped one is the heaviest I've made, and the slab handle on the lamb splitter is the longest slab I've ever made.

Both of them are forged from 80CrV2 steel with Boltaron sheaths.

The wrapped one has an 18" blade and weighs 5.14 pounds, the first of mine to weigh more than 5 pounds.  The handle is 22" long, scorched hemp on top of a neoprene foundation, with West System marine epoxy. 


It was a Christmas gift from a wife to her husband, and she had me laser engrave this on the blade.

The lamb splitter is an over-sized version of what is usually a large one-handed butcher knife-looking blade.  The blade is 17 1/4", the handle is 17", and the weight is 4.125 pounds.  It has the longest slab handle I've ever made, from tan TeroTuf with flared stainless steel tube rivets.

The customer has assured me that the lamb splitter will be used for butchering.

More details in the video:

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

ST-1 self-defense tools

On the mid-tech side of things, I came up with a self-defense tool that debuted at Blade Show this summer:  the ST-1.  They're waterjet cut from 1/4" 4140, ground and heat treated, with a Cerakote ceramic gun coating, with Boltaron sheaths.

There's no blade, but the tip is quite pointy and beveled.

A closer look at the tip prior to heat treatment and Cerakote.

More details in this video:

As Tobin demonstrates, they can even be quad-wielded.  :D

These are available at Blue Line Gear .