Monday, April 15, 2013

Sinuous bush sword: KnifeRights.org donation piece

Back in January, while visiting the ABS Expo here in San Antonio, I met Doug Ritter of KnifeRights.org.  Knife Rights is essentially the NRA of the bladed world.  He asked if I'd be willing to donate a blade for their auction they hold to fund the legal battle defending the second amendment as it pertains to knives, and I agreed.

I forged out this sinuous bush sword from 5160.  It has an integral socket handle, a recurved blade, and a raised false edge that is thin enough it could easily have a secondary bevel added and become double-edged.



Added some paracord impregnated in Minwax Wood Hardener and sharpened it:



Then I handed it over to Luke Swenson ([url]http://www.swensonknives.com[/url]) who built a multiple carry option sheath rig for it and donated that to the cause.  The inside of the baldric has an ostrich print inlay.




And then I did a wee bit of test cutting to show it's a working tool:



I delivered it this past weekend to the KnifeRights.org booth at the Lone Star Knife Expo, along with my buddy Tobin Nieto's entry.  You can see all of the donated work here: http://www.kniferights.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=179&Itemid=1  They're all getting auctioned at the end of July.



Zombie meat cleaver coconut test

Got my good camera back rolling (battery was just low, letting it sort of do things but not really) and snapped some better pics.
 


 
And, of course, the coconut mayhem!
 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Upcoming shows

I'll keep a list of upcoming knife shows where I have a table in this post and update as need be.  There will be a link in the upper right hand corner of the page to this post.

UPCOMING SHOWS:

Blade Show, Atlanta, GA -June 5-7 2015  www.bladeshow.com  Table 4CC

The Ususal Suspects Gathering, Las Vegas, NV - September 3-5 2015  http://usngathering.com/

Friday, April 5, 2013

Zombie meat cleaver - KITH blade

This is my entry for a KITH exchange over on Knife Dogs.  The theme is zombie kitchen cutlery: "Since Zombies are all the rage and very tasty if properly prepared, how about a Neo Tribal, post apocalyptic kitchen "utensil"?"

So I forged out a meat cleaver. The steel is 5160, the blade is about 12" long, and the hole is 1".




Here's what it looked like before triple hardening in canola oil:

 
Here it is with zombie-appropriate handle wrap, an edge that shaves hair nicely, and a few "zombie skulls" for testing later on in the weekend.  Video eventually.  A discussion on Zombie Squad decided that all of the zombie-themed merchandise flooding the market right now is colored lime green because it must be outside the spectrum of colors that the undead can see.  Unfortunately, with my good camera on the fritz, the color is also somewhat outside of the spectrum my point-and-shoot camera can see accurately, apparently.  I'll see if I can get better pics before all is said and done.  :)