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  What's your PDW?
Posted by: Scottman - 06-01-2018, 12:13 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (1)

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  Hillywilly’s son introduction
Posted by: Raeman15 - 05-31-2018, 03:58 AM - Forum: Welcome To The Hoodlums - Replies (3)

Hello all. My name is tyler sanders, son of Jeff sanders (hillywilly) as I have come to learn on this forum. I have been to some of the get togethers before in the past. I just wanted to reach out and thank everyone for the love and support. In these difficult times, we need it the most. We have been shown how community’s come together to show their love and support, for this we are so ever grateful.

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Posted by: Deerstalker - 05-30-2018, 12:44 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - No Replies

I know you have one of your own at home Griz, but it seems Federal have borrowed her name Rolleyes



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  DIY broadhead transporter
Posted by: Bob_Spr - 05-27-2018, 08:24 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (3)

I've shot thousands of arrows, in my dreams. But only 10-12 in real life and that was back in high school (45-47 years ago). So I am way less than a novice, hence my ignorance.

Recently, I was bitten by the bug and bought a long bow. In about a month, I am taking it and my arrows on a road trip to South Alabama. But while down there, I plan on shooting both field points and broadheads.  Going down is no sweat as the broadheads will still be in the pack.  But coming back... For obvious reasons, I do not want to leave the broadheads exposed. As I do not yet have a good quiver, I am thinking of ways to transport the broadheads. To make things a bit easier, I am not leaving them on the arrows.

Does anyone have a plan/pattern/suggestion on something I can make to safely transport them to and fro? For the moment, I have 3 medicine bottles I am thinking of rubberbanding together and putting one head in each one. But I know there has to be a better way.

Anyone have any thoughts?

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  Pre-Blade Show Carcass Splitter
Posted by: Stormcrow - 05-27-2018, 05:29 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (1)

In the weeks leading up to the Blade Show, a knifemaker's life gets pretty crazy.  One aspect, especially for full-timers, is moving along enough work for customers to be able to stay ahead of the bills while also building inventory for the show.  Add to that equipment breakage, injuries, lack of sleep, torrential rains, high heat and humidity, and general bad luck and it's a wonder any of us make it to Atlanta alive and coherent.

As part of the pre-Blade balancing, I forged out a couple of big ol' carcass splitters.  One was to be a commission, the other table inventory.  I let the customer pick which of the two he liked once they were forged out, then finished it out to his taste.

[Image: 27150954967_35d9a29379_c.jpg]carcasssplitters02 by James Helm, on Flickr

I'm kind of enjoying shaping the fawn's foot handles on these full-sized carcass splitters.

The blades were forged as closely as possible with the power hammer, with a hand hammer used only for straightening.  The spines are as-forged.

[Image: 41976329412_3ccab4c0fc_c.jpg]carcasssplitters01 by James Helm, on Flickr

Getting the handle wraps epoxied with some other Blade Show inventory.

[Image: 41609774084_3324892abd_c.jpg]bladeshow11 by James Helm, on Flickr

The customer picked the blade with slightly more curve to the profile, and requested hemp cord (over a neoprene foundation) and black paracord Turk's head knots fore and aft.

[Image: 42378360811_39ddd759c8_c.jpg]carcasssplitter04 by James Helm, on Flickr

I built a Boltaron sheath for it.

[Image: 27508141867_08fa8c8524_c.jpg]carcasssplitter05 by James Helm, on Flickr

Little hard to see in the picture, but there is more power hammer texture in the blade than usual.

[Image: 41654602964_fc20f683e2_c.jpg]carcasssplitter06 by James Helm, on Flickr

Big blade!

[Image: 40570012370_f5912e06fc_c.jpg]carcasssplitter07 by James Helm, on Flickr

Long handle!

[Image: 42378352861_b95408a81f_c.jpg]carcasssplitter08 by James Helm, on Flickr

The specs:  Blade is forged from 1/4" 5160 steel, is 18 1/2" long and 3 1/2" wide.  The overall length is 40 1/4" and the weight is 77 ounces, or 4.8 pounds.  It shaved hair cleanly down the full length of the edge.

The customer commented upon receipt, "Pics are great, but you need to feel this thing in your hands to appreciate it."  Smile

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  Kingfisher Machete
Posted by: Scottman - 05-25-2018, 08:24 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (4)

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put an order in for four you might want to take a look

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  Bevy of bush swords
Posted by: Stormcrow - 05-15-2018, 10:18 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (9)

Some bush swords recently finished up and off to their new owners.

All are 80CrV2 steel with marine epoxy-impregnated cord wraps and Boltaron sheaths.

About a 13 1/2" blade, based on a wooden Filipino training sword the customer already had.  Black on black wrap.

[Image: 42021447411_6688fb750c_c.jpg]bushsword05 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 41120994075_5589837f64_c.jpg]bushsword06 by James Helm, on Flickr

This one is about a 16" blade.  It was made for an old schoolmate of mine, one grade ahead but who was in several classes with me in high school.  Olive drab on OD wrap, tan Boltaron.

I had made it almost 36 years without any stitches.  As I was re-sheathing it from taking these pics, the sheath slipped and I cut the ever-lovin' crap out of the thumb on my dominant hand, earning 10 stitches.  I tweaked the sheath to be a smidge looser before mailing it to him.  Smile  Sure has made it challenging to get ready for the Blade Show.

[Image: 41976820202_af1b08e992_c.jpg]bushsword03 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 40213789060_2cc1490396_c.jpg]bushsword04 by James Helm, on Flickr

And finally, a two-hander with an 18" blade and a hemp cord wrap.  Wasn't sure about it, but by the time I finished up, I really liked it.  Fast and powerful!

[Image: 42021449091_13059b02bb_c.jpg]bushsword01 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 41120995405_6137ed146b_c.jpg]bushsword02 by James Helm, on Flickr

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  Quick look Drop forged Survivalist
Posted by: Scottman - 05-14-2018, 06:48 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (4)

just arrived

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  Pre-Blade Show commissioned blades
Posted by: Stormcrow - 05-09-2018, 04:09 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (8)

The Blade Show approaches with frightening rapidity, as usual.  I have two tables and at the moment nothing ready. 

I did have this 5160 blade, but it sold within a few minutes of me posting it on Instagram.  My wife wasn't too happy about that, but my pickup's transmission decided it needed rebuilt RIGHT NOW and I needed the money.

[Image: 41088288655_8d0ccaa233_c.jpg]bladeshow01 by James Helm, on Flickr

The rest of these were commissions that I finished up prior to the show.  They're all 80CrV2 steel with Boltaron sheaths.

These two are about 7 1/2" blades.

[Image: 41269454584_64e3feea4f_m.jpg]camp01 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 41988089661_cd822bded9_c.jpg]camp02 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 41988088501_a81cdf23a4_c.jpg]camp03 by James Helm, on Flickr

[/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/25AQcJF]camp04 by James Helm, on Flickr

A 5" blade with retina-searing neon orange over hemp, for a deer hunter who wanted a hi-viz knife handle.

[Image: 41988092241_358db5e9fa_c.jpg]camp05 by James Helm, on Flickr

And a blade a bit over 6".

[Image: 27119015527_6b9e0b2bcc_c.jpg]camp06 by James Helm, on Flickr

And now, panic mode engage!  Time to FORGE AHEAD!!!!  Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin

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  Rip Jeff Sanders (Hillywilly)
Posted by: Karen Hood - 05-09-2018, 01:17 AM - Forum: Welcome To The Hoodlums - Replies (9)

It is my sad announcement today that our own Hoodlum, Hillywilly, AKA Jeff Sanders, has taken his own life.  Us moderators received the following personal message today from Tai Goo (from our Woodsmaster Vol 9 - Primitive Knifemaking) : 


I know Jeff had lots of friends here. Very sad news. Jeff died on April 20th. He took his own life. He had barricaded himself inside his house and burnt it to the ground. 

Please don't ask for anymore details than that. I just wanted Hoodlums to know.

My life will never be the same...


This has been my response to our mutual friends and all my customers: 

 Don't know if you saw Tai Goo's post, but Jeff Sanders took his own life.  I have no words. He was the person who was instrumental in introducing Ron and I to Tai Goo and Tim Lively.  He was a music teacher and part of the neotribal metalsmiths group at the time we filmed him.  It was because of his friendship with Ron that our Woodsmaster Vol 9m - Primitive Knifemaking was made.  His energy was really infectious.  I am in shock.  Total and complete shock.  He loved his wife and kids so much.  I last saw him at the Hoodlums Gathering a few years back.  He was literally the "highlight" of my trip. He was sooooo Funny!  He was such a joker.  Completely sarcastic but in a nice way.  I am so saddened it has really hit me hard!  I........... wow...... no words.  I am so very sad.

Prayers to his wife and kids and entire family.  What a HUGE loss.  There needs to be more people in the world like Jeff.  He was sooooooo "bright, enthusiastic and shiny."  Hoping he is up there in Heaven right now with Ron.  They have eachother to laugh with.  I just remember his super infectious smile.  Bless his soul.  Forever and ever.


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