Saturday, August 27, 2016

Work, work, work

I'm busy getting inventory together for the Usual Suspects Network Gathering show in Las Vegas coming up Labor Day weekend.  I won't be particularly communicative until after then, if you've tried e-mailing me.
My hands are tired.  :(

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Blades for sale

Just updated my "Available Work" post.  Check out what's for sale here:

Friday, June 24, 2016

Zombie killer, tactical elvish, and simple camp chopper

Some biggish blades I forged out for the Blade Show.
This one is the second of the blades inspired by Chris Redfield's Resident Evil 5 knife that I've forged.  The steel is 5160, handle is black TeroTuf with flared stainless steel rivets.  Blade length is 16 3/4", overall length is 21 3/4"
I happily appropriate the term "tactical elvish" from my buddy Tobin Nieto to describe this blade.  It ended up being fairly close to my recollection of one of the rejected designs for Sting from Weta Workshops.  Now, if I saw the picture again, I might find I'm wrong.  :D
5160 and TeroTuf, blade length of 14 1/4", OAL of 19 5/8".
And a simple camp chopper forged from 80CrV2, with marine epoxy-impregnated paracord over neoprene.  Blade is 12", OAL is 18 1/4".

A pair of carcass splitters

So, some of y'all might remember the carcass splitter I made a while back.
 Well, I made a couple more.  :D  I wanted these to be wider blades, more like meat cleavers and less like a Chinese pole arm.  The original was forged from 1/4" x 2" 5160; these were forged from 1/4" x 3" 5160.  The new ones have hemp wraps and Turk's head knots over a foundation of neoprene, all impregnated with marine epoxy.
They were on my table at the Blade Show.  The lights of the wood display behind me made it hard to get decent photos of my side of the aisle, but this should give an idea of size in hand, and also what a year's worth of beard growing looks like on me.
The longer of the two has a 17" blade and an overall length of 36".
The smaller of the two has a 14 3/4" blade and 34 1/2" overall length.
As before, the sheaths are a collaboration between myself and my buddy Tobin Nieto.  In this case they are distressed rawhide over a Kydex core, with brick red India ink "blood splatters" added by me.  We wanted something that looked like it would hang above Leatherface's bed.  I think we got the look.  :D
The big one is on its way to South Africa with Trevor Burger, the fellow in the blue shirt standing behind me facing the other way.  He makes awesome folders.  He had us write a label stating "Sold to Trevor Burger" on the table next to it and would periodically check to make sure that the label was still there.  The smaller one is on its way to California.
I have several more carcass splitters and large cleavers coming along in the next little bit, too.  These are kind of fun to do, though definitely a challenge working on this scale.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Back home!

I'm back from the Blade Show and working on getting back into the swing of things.  We had two tables this year, and in spite of not having remotely everything I wanted, the tables were plenty full.
If you weren't there, this is what my shining visage looked like.
My loverly bride and I came back to Texas by way of the beautiful state of Tennessee.  It was my first time in the state and I really enjoyed it.  There's a reason they call them the Smoky Mountains!

There will be some pics upcoming of blades that were at the show, and some will be available.  In the mean time, Shop Cat!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


I'm in the last few days of getting inventory ready for the Blade Show coming up June 3-5 in Atlanta, GA, and things are nutty as all get out around here.  So, if you have sent me an e-mail and I haven't responded yet, be patient with me.  If you haven't heard from me by June 15th, please go ahead and send me another e-mail.
I've had a couple of setbacks, but if I can pull off what I have in progress I should have a good two tables' worth.  Here's a preview of a couple of carcass splitters that will be with me!
If you want to see some in-progress shots, check out my accounts on Instagram and Facebook @helmforge.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Simple camp chopper

This was intended to be part of my Blade Show inventory, but a fellow spotted it on Instagram before it was finished and wanted it, and I needed the money to stay ahead of bills, so I finished it out and headed it his way.
Here's what caught his attention.  Still with oil baked on from the heat treatment, with a loose paracord wrap temporarily on it to protect my hand from the rough edges of the tang while doing a bit of test cutting.  Steel is 80CrV2, blade is a bit under 12" long.
He liked the look of the temporary wrap, so I laid a foundation of neoprene to bulk up the handle and did a single layer of paracord with a two-strand Turk's head knot before applying the marine epoxy.  The end of the wrap leaving the corners of the tang exposed is something I haven't tried before, but definitely will be doing again!  I did keep it (and myself) away from the poison ivy on the edge of the photo.
 And a basic OD Kydex sheath to round out the package.
It got to him a day ahead of when it was slated to.  He was very happy with the heft, balance, and handling.  :)
Now to forge some more along these lines for Blade...