Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A pair of short bush swords

This pair of bush swords was ordered by a custom knife dealer who has been a good customer. :) He wanted me to match a couple that he had ordered in the past, with similar but slightly different blade profiles.

The blades are 12" long, forged from 5160 and given my standard triple normalized, triple hardened, triple tempered heat treatment I use for that steel. Integral socket handles, one deliberately given more drop than the other.

Just prior to heat treatment:

And after heat treatment, with the handles wrapped in hemp cord with cotton cord two-strand Turk's head knots, all sealed with black shellac. The cutting edges are shaving sharp.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Warfighter utility/EDC

It's a bit on the large side for an EDC, but a size that's handy and capable of a variety of tasks. The overall length is 9 3/4", the blade (including the choil) is 5 1/4", and the weight is 9.92 ounces. The spine is 1/4" thick and tapers distally to the point. This is a wide, stout little blade.

It's forged from 5160, triple normalized, triple hardened in canola oil, and triple tempered. The handle is olive drab Micarta with flared stainless steel tube rivets.

The sheath is olive drab Micarta. This is the first Teklok I've used on a sheath. I think I like it. :) I like having the option of wearing it vertically or horizontally, and the adjustability to several different belt sizes is a great feature too.

I initally was making this one for myself, but think I will put it up for sale instead. I could use some cash flow. :)