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hi all!
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  Grizzly's back
Posted by: Grizzly Dave - 12-12-2018, 06:39 PM - Forum: Welcome To The Hoodlums - Replies (5)

Well folks I have been away for a bit but I am back. 

We have had a bit of a go of it for the last little bit but I think I have it almost under control now

I have been retired for a month and a half now and it can only get better...
My wife was diagnosed with colon cancer and had successful surgery, half a molar fell down my throat when eating , dental bill...$300.00, the Volvo went on the fritz and cost just under 1200 bucks to fix , my wife's drugs another $500.00 for surgery recovery and all that happened in 2 1/2 weeks of retiring.
Murphy was laying in wait. [Image: sad.png] [Image: dodgy.png] 
We had a retirement trip to Mexico planned for in December and have had to re-book for next year .
But although we had a big scare Mrs. Griz is supposedly cancer-free but is booked for Chemo in the new year...just to make sure.
Things can only  get better from here.
I have a job offer when I want it. A local gun store had a guy not show up for work one day and I asked if I should help out for a bit.
The manager almost snapped his own neck whipping it around to ask if I was serious, I could have a job, no resume required, when can I start. I said I would have to ask my wife. She was excited and said after she is feeling a bit more up to scratch it would be nice for me to get out from under foot ... errr get a job  for a few days a week. I was also offered a job with my old employer to start a program in another town just north of here...and I still have a contract with the Canadian Military to teach...when does the retirement part cut in? [Image: rolleyes.png]????
I have been up to my eyeballs in alligators recently but  I am finally back and will be posting a little more regularly now.
Glad to be back [Image: biggrin.png] 
I will post a little more often now

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  Looking for a new pack? Look no further.
Posted by: jbarrow - 11-30-2018, 04:04 PM - Forum: Backpacking and Gear Testing - Replies (6)


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  When to Buy a New Knife
Posted by: jbarrow - 11-30-2018, 03:15 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (4)

And now you know.

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  "Knife or Death" Ronin War Sword
Posted by: Stormcrow - 11-26-2018, 10:04 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (8)

I'm sure some of y'all have seen the new open cutting competition show on the History Channel, "Knife or Death".  While I haven't gotten to compete on it (Several "Forged in Fire" competitors, including Rashelle Hams from my episode, have been on.  She did quite well.), I did get to be involved in an interesting way.

I was contacted by Tu Lam, retired Green Beret and one of the three hosts of the show, when he saw some of my carcass splitters on Instagram.  He asked to meet me at Blade Show to discuss a project.

[Image: 43964799405_640bb564d7_c.jpg]bladeshow13 by James Helm, on Flickr

All three hosts of the show were getting blades for themselves to do some cutting for demonstration and promotional material for Season 2.  Travis Wuertz built his own piece of awesomeness.  Bill Goldberg, the wrestler. had a big cleaver built by Wayne Meligan, who had competed on Season 1.  Tu was interested in having me build him a blade for him. 

In particular The Mutant double-edged carcass splitter that was my reaction to seeing the first episode of the show caught his attention.

[Image: 27529811167_481d00c121_c.jpg]bladeshow12 by James Helm, on Flickr

We discussed what he was looking for, his thoughts, my thoughts, made some sketches, and continued the discussion after I got back home.  What I ended up building was a kind of pan-Asian dao that Tu named the Ronin War Sword.  There are influences from Chinese pudao, Korean hyeopdo, Vietnamese yem nguyet dao, and Nepalese ram dao.

[Image: 29939277147_7b006b2899_c.jpg]ronindao03 by James Helm, on Flickr

The steel is, of course, 80CrV2, with a 16" blade and 18" handle.  The weight ended up just over 3 pounds, with the point of balance right behind the front Turk's head knot.  The handle wrap is toasted hemp cord over a neoprene foundation, impregnated with West System marine epoxy.

[Image: 29939275157_394681762d_c.jpg]ronindao06 by James Helm, on Flickr

The main edge is a tall flat bevel with secondary bevel, while the spine side and clip are zero-ground convex edges.  Stout, and hair-shaving.

In addition to a forward lanyard hole, I laser-engraved Tu's dragon logo on the blade.

[Image: 44875853881_8e1111467c_c.jpg]ronindao07 by James Helm, on Flickr

I built an open-backed Boltaron sheath for it.

[Image: 29939276407_732739f21e_c.jpg]ronindao04 by James Helm, on Flickr

A look at the War Sword in my hands...

[Image: 29939274707_d7713a71f0_c.jpg]ronindao08 by James Helm, on Flickr

...and a far more dramatic shot of it in Tu's grip.  It looks better with him!

[Image: 29939276557_1a8a39ef95_c.jpg]ronindao01 by James Helm, on Flickr

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  The cross-cut saw
Posted by: jbarrow - 11-19-2018, 02:18 PM - Forum: Questions and Answers - Replies (5)


Great information.

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Bug hi all!
Posted by: The Ridge Runner - 11-17-2018, 11:11 PM - Forum: Welcome To The Hoodlums - Replies (5)

just noticed this forum was back online! thanks Karen!
anyway, really missed you all and im glad to to be back!

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  How it began
Posted by: jbarrow - 11-10-2018, 09:31 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (16)

Every time I hold a knife in my hand I marvel at the miracle of steel. For millennia our predecessors  cut things with sharpened rocks and sticks and stones.  Obsidian was  a gift handed down to posterity and then:
somebody burned some rocks and discovered ore!  Copper, bronze, iron and then steel. 
     Yes, I know we hammer forge and grind and do marvelous things with blending metals and heat treatment but when was the last time you actually MADE ore or a blank from rocks? A true miracle! Think about it next time you break out a blade to trim your nails, cut some cord, dress an animal or cut some carrots. Just how much work went into that blade you casually pull out, use and put back in your pocket?



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  Why getting caught in a flash flood in the mountains is bad
Posted by: Joe Deer Runner - 11-10-2018, 03:22 PM - Forum: Urban Survival Skills - Replies (1)

Made a video on the damage my area got from sever thunder storms this past summer. It was devastated.



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  My new user
Posted by: jbarrow - 11-04-2018, 03:29 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (8)

Anxious to get out and put this to use.

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  A brief trip report.
Posted by: Limey Pete - 10-31-2018, 06:49 AM - Forum: Urban Survival Skills - Replies (15)

I have just returned from Jolly old England where I spent eight nights.
First night I slept out after arriving late at the airport.
One night I spent sleeping out in Yorkshire.
One night I spent sleeping outside the airport before I flew back to the Far East.
The rest of the nights I stayed with friends.
However I had a problem.
Before I left Thailand I could not find my key to my storage unit.
And that meant I had no gear to use to sleep out. No kill em let God sort em out knife.
No black fang tactical sleeping bag. No viper sniper cooking pan.
However it was a challenge to me to survive without these essential items.
First at Withenshawe near the airport I bought a $13 sleeping bag, and a polyester woolly hat.
Plus some full size polythene trash sacks, and a newspaper.
The sleeping bag was too short, but then it was only $13.
I laid a trash sack down on the ground in trees near the airport, put the sleeping bag in the other trash sack, and after stuffing the sleeping bag with newspaper, spent a fairly comfortable night.
For my next night out I bought a $5 fleece without hood, a can of beer, and had a folding scout cup.
This night was more comfortable because I could sleep by a campfire.
In the morning I boiled water in the empty beer can and brewed coffee.
Back at the airport after a night out I discarded the odd socks I was wearing and my raggedy underpants, a shirt that had a collar beginning to wear, and dumped the cheap fleece, and left the sleeping bag.
I had lost the woolly hat some days before.
My method is increasing to have items to discard, especially clothes.
I had packed two shirts I was going to dump, and a few pairs of odd socks.
I entered the airport with enough time to have a shave and a wash, put on clean clothes, including a pair of trekking trousers I had bought, and was ready to fly – smelling of essence of the woods.


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