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...

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