Friday, May 31, 2013

Made it to the Blade Show!

Well, these are some horrifically bad pictures, but here's my table at Blade.  It took a lot of flogging to get everything finished up in time and I didn't get a chance to take decent pictures beforehand.

There on the left end of the table is a project that has been brewing for years: tactical tomahawks.  The prototypes are what did this:

These are quite the departure from how I typically work.  The blanks are waterjetted from 1/4" 4140 plate, then I normalize, grind, and heat treat, making them completely stock removal.  This is the very first batch ready for sale.  There are hammer polls, pry spikes, and combat spikes, each in either 12" overall length or an 18" overall length, with or without sharpened inner beards, and in either black, desert colors, or olive drab color schemes.  The handle slabs are canvas Micarta using flared stainless steel tubing rivets and the steel is coated in Durabake.

Hammer polls with unsharpened beards:

Pry spikes with sharpened beards:
And combat spikes with sharpened beards:

As well, I have trainers waterjetted from ABS plastic.

Someone who knows how to do more with a camera than just point it and push the button could probably have taken pictures that show details better, but I'll have to wait until I can get them in better lighting.

One of the better aspects this year is having my beloved with me.  :)

Two more days, then a loooong drive back to Texas.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

More getting ready for Blade Show

Working on the other items.  The prototypes did this:

That second dryer in the background will be used for some Youtube video sometime after Blade showing those as-yet unnamed items being put through their paces.  :D

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Still getting ready for Blade

Still don't know if I'll get these done amongst the other things I want on my table, but they're heat treated now:

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Getting ready for the Blade Show

Working feverishly to get everything ready.  I have a decent handful of finished blades, but am hoping to have these ready as well:

 And something quite a bit different from my other stuff that I hope to debut at Blade.  I'll take pics when they're finished.  They get priority over these in-progress knives.  :D  They've been taking most of my time for the last month.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Double edged sword blade collaboration

Some of y'all may recall me making this double-edged short sword a while back:

It was me experimenting to see if I could forge a double edged blade, testing for an upcoming project.

Well, I mailed out my part of the project today, going to a certain mad genius in Germany who will be building the handle for it.  It's not going to be a typical sword when finished.    The blade I supplied is 18", including the choils, and is forged from 5160.

Here it is post-forging:

  Right before packing it to ship, I took it up to the little canyon that's upslope from my shop:

And I braved mosquitos the size of horseflies to film a simple water bottle cut.  Nothing too impressive, just showing it'll cut.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Another Little Rok in military hands

I love getting feedback from customers.  :)

I've had several different Little Rok knives go to military customers at this point and I have adopted one for my own personal EDC.  This one was a graduation present for a fellow who just graduated from West Point.  The customer who bought it to give to the graduate has a couple of other blades from me and has put them to good use.

In this case we went with a single edged blade, natural tan canvas Micarta for the handle, and coyote brown for the Kydex sheath, with a small TekLok.
I hope it serves him well as he serves our country.