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  The addiction is REAL!
Posted by: jbarrow - 04-24-2019, 05:30 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (1)


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  New way to cook
Posted by: Limey Pete - 04-23-2019, 03:00 PM - Forum: Wilderness Cooking Forum - Replies (4)

This is a very hot new MRE type cooker.
Cooks vegetable, boils eggs etc etc.
They are bigger than the usual MRE heaters, so maybe they cannot be used for MREs.
But they do cook, not just heat.



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  Forge-finished finery, bush swords, etc.
Posted by: Stormcrow - 04-18-2019, 11:32 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (7)

Been busy banging out bodadacious blades.  Here are some recents.  80CrV2 steel, cord wraps, and Boltaron sheaths all around.

A biohazard outbreak reaction bush sword and smaller utility knife that went to a repeat customer in Canada.  The bush sword has scorched hemp for the main wrap and black paracord Turk's head knots.  The smaller knife has tan paracord over hemp, with a black paracord Turk's head.

[Image: 46915279834_177d9720de_b.jpg]kq01 by James Helm, on Flickr

A similarly-sized (6"~ blade) knife as the above utility, with hemp.

[Image: 46723768245_bdae43da75_b.jpg]db01 by James Helm, on Flickr

Variations on Benghazi Warfighters, two with sharpened upper edges.

[Image: 46723771465_02f715517e_c.jpg]knife01 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 33762020968_3be1637344_c.jpg]knife03 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 47586677532_3b7c11847c_c.jpg]knife04 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 40672887853_c432b95c02_c.jpg]knife02 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 46723771265_b987a1e16d_c.jpg]knife05 by James Helm, on Flickr

A Benghazi Warfighter with black oxide finish, headed to an Army Ranger.  He had commissioned a bigger chopper/fighter from me a few years ago, a variation of my Aggression design (I need to make some more of those).  We decided this was a "micro-Aggression" and the sheath is a "safe space" from it.  Big Grin  He can't tell me yet where he's deploying, but this is going with him.
[Image: 32696939127_f95d437d01_c.jpg]bw01 by James Helm, on Flickr
[Image: 47586701272_0e2b0b3731_c.jpg]bw02 by James Helm, on Flickr

A couple of donation blades, the first for Knife Rights in their continued fight to remove restrictions on the ability of law-abiding citizens to carry arms in the United States. This year, a falcata-ish bush sword with retina-searing neon orange underlay.

[Image: 33762048258_87fc247ca1_c.jpg]donation02 by James Helm, on Flickr

I don't realize how big my hands look until I take a picture of me holding a blade.

[Image: 33762048018_5a735f9926_c.jpg]donation05 by James Helm, on Flickr

And a much smaller donation knife for my old high school, raising funds for teacher projects that run outside the school budget.

[Image: 32696938397_4b7aa97670_c.jpg]donation04 by James Helm, on Flickr

One of the most useful comments I've had on my work came years ago when a knife dealer told me my blades were good but my sheaths sucked. I have worked to make that better, and think I have achieved a decent level of workmanlike sheaths.

[Image: 47586701142_354910ca9e_c.jpg]donation01 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 47586701022_7dd86e7ae9_c.jpg]donation03 by James Helm, on Flickr

And finally, the first oxtail dao I've done in a long time. The customer had as reference a picture of one I built many years ago.

[Image: 46723877685_b31a992bf7_c.jpg]dao by James Helm, on Flickr

Here's what I came up with for him. He was quite taken with the results.

[Image: 47586701002_5abcf4d61a_c.jpg]oxtail01 by James Helm, on Flickr

I'd say I've improved through the years. The top edge is fully sharpened on the new one.

[Image: 47639476261_04e87d581f_c.jpg]oxtail03 by James Helm, on Flickr

The design called for an open-backed sheath.

[Image: 47586700862_f8e34b1d5a_c.jpg]oxtail02 by James Helm, on Flickr

Ok, headed to the shop to work on some carcass splitters. Smile

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  A blast from the past
Posted by: Aitrus - 04-17-2019, 11:11 PM - Forum: Welcome To The Hoodlums - Replies (5)

Hey everybody!

It's been a while, but I decided to drop in and see how everybody was doing, and probably stay for a while, although I might not be as active on the boards as I once was.  Like always seems to happen, a lot of life has come and gone.  I'm doing well in general and really good in some areas.

Hope to see some friendly faces again and catch up on old times!  Not sure who from the old gang is still around, but I'm looking forward to joining the fire cicle again.


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  Swede being featured at BLADE University
Posted by: jbarrow - 04-13-2019, 10:24 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (7)

That's right folks, Local boy goes BIG!  Swede is being featured alongside Bill Ruple at the annual Blade University classes. They will be teaching a class on how to make slip joints.  What a privilege to  have Luke among legends and becoming one in his own right. 
Well done Sir!!!!

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  Just going to leave this right here.
Posted by: jbarrow - 04-05-2019, 12:44 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (13)

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Wink realistic apocalypse planning
Posted by: Adapt-Overcome-Conquer - 03-30-2019, 02:45 PM - Forum: Urban Survival Skills - Replies (63)

Hey y'all........as Im sure you all know, there are a million and 1 ways to die in the West---actually in the South, East and North too!

My friends and I are always discussing apocalyptic (short term disasters and long term) type situations, so that if one were to happen--we would be better prepared--to know what we might do, where we might go and for how long....there are things like a nuclear attack or accidental leak....a disease--naturally occurring or biological warfare, an act of nature--such as a pole reversal/shift, floods, tsunami's, earthquakes, storms, meteor, solar flares and EMP's....

and then there is looming economic collapse....hey---- beans, bullets and band-aids friends....AND whiskey!!! Cool

Recently Joe helped me dispel the myth of collapse from "calling in the debt"

I thought I might share our thoughts, so that we all may be better prepared and living in reality...Joe claims its silly to think that the banks and the people buying the debt from the banks COULD, WOULD or SHOULD ever "call in" the massive debt to be paid ....I use to think this a realistic situation but its not rooted in logic. I know you dont need a lesson in how the FED RES works but hear me out...because my point here--is that economic collapse (fabricated recessions) depressions and inflation IS a temporary threat, not an long term apocalyptic one....IMHO (and please if you have valid points bring em on)

The reasons the debt will never be expected to be paid in full---  a few simple ones

#1) that is not the "deal"--that was never the agreement.... the way the centuries old globalist debt slave trap works is that it NEVER ends, it was never intended to end......our handlers, our representatives--- made a deal with the devil per se, the deal is----the powers that be "loan" us this invisible (fiat? I guess) currency--they only need to have 10% of our wealth on hand at institutions, the other 90% is invisible...some of the massive debt taken out by Europe, USA, Canada ect is in trade, in goods and services and some in real cash and some electronic credit---basically we ask the world banks--IMF ect for permission to print more money to stimulate the economy based upon the worth of our GDP ect....since when did they become "boss" of the money??? hahahahah since we sold the Fed Res....(but as a side note, many ppl dont know that there was a clause in the agreement, that stated we could buy it back for the purchase price at any time)

they dont do this out of the kindness of their hearts--they do it for the interest rates--in USA its about a million dollars per second on the debt clock I believe...in Canada I think its a thousand dollars a second or something....

anyways the deal is---we get the invisible money--the rights to say we have it--- and they get a million dollars a second in real money--the agreement does not ever include us paying it back in full-when a person takes out a loan with a bank---the agreement is you give me this much dollars now, I give you that much dollars per period of time for so and so many years./...the banks cant just knock on your door and say ok Miss Generoux, we want our 100,000$ house loan back right now....today....

#2) things to keep in mind, IF the global financial institutions EVER got the cajones to try to "call" in the debt (which they wont, it would be akin to killing your cash cow for 1 meal)---it might be the best thing that ever happened to us! You see when you have creditors breathing down your neck for the money owed to them, you can call debt consolidators, they haggle with the creditors and if you owe say 10,000$ and can never pay---to save the creditors time and money--the consolidators will haggle down to an agreeable price---say she owes 10,000$ --your representatives will offer the creditors 3,000$ and be done with it! They'll usually settle....better than long and costly litigation processes. So they want 22 trillion---hey settle for 2 trillion, do I hear 3 trillion....they only gave us 10% of that money--so we should only give 10% back!

#3) A certain (amazing, Patriotic, woke) US President has recently passed legislation pertaining to seizing the wealth of the globalists/Kabaal/evil war profiteers and related entities, should they get out of line....Im no fan of exec orders, and I do not support the seizing of private citizens assets until found guilty by a jury of their peers BUT we are playing hard ball here...this does not pertain to citizens it pertains to entities ....evil ones.


Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, as amended (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), I hereby report that I have issued the enclosed Executive Order (the “order”) declaring a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States posed by serious human rights abuse and corruption around the world. In addition to taking action under IEEPA, the order implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (Public Law 114-328) (the “Act”) and delegates certain of its authorities.

The order blocks the property and interests in property of persons listed in the Annex to the order. It also blocks the property and interests in property of any foreign person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General:

(1) to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have directly or indirectly engaged in, serious human rights abuse;

(2) to be a current or former government official, or a person acting for or on behalf of such an official, who is responsible for or complicit in, or has directly or indirectly engaged in:

(a) corruption, including the misappropriation of state assets, the expropriation of private assets for personal gain, corruption related to government contracts or the extraction of natural resources, or bribery; or

(b) the transfer or the facilitation of the transfer of the proceeds of corruption;

(3) to be or have been a leader or official of:

(a) an entity, including any government entity, that has engaged in, or whose members have engaged in, any of the activities described in (1), (2)(a), or (2)(b) above relating to the leader’s or official’s tenure; or

(b) an entity whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to the order as a result of activities related to the leader’s or the official’s tenure; or

(4) to have attempted to engage in any of the activities described in (1), (2)(a), or (2)(b) above.

The order also blocks any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General:

(5) to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of:

(a) any activity described in (1), (2)(a), or (2)(b) above that is conducted by a foreign person;

(b) any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to the order; or

© any entity described in (3)(a) above where the activity is conducted by a foreign person;

(6) to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to the order; or

(7) to have attempted to engage in any of the activities described in (5) or (6) above.
In addition, the order suspends entry into the United States of any alien listed in the Annex or determined to meet one or more of the criteria above.


so in closing friends, economic collapse is a real threat, I am VERY disgusted with the ballooning debt that our previous and current leaders have saddled our grandchildren with, I am sickened that our treasonous leaders have fed us to the wolves, but we are fighting back---what we have to realize is they need US more than WE need them! We are their bread and butter.....and ultimately what we say goes....they (the elite) are very afraid of us....BECAUSE hey in 1672, the Dutch cannibalized their PM.....and every atrocity since, has been bread and circuses.


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  carnation condensed milk pods
Posted by: Limey Pete - 03-27-2019, 04:17 PM - Forum: Wilderness Cooking Forum - Replies (14)

Very handy for trekking and camping.
when split can be packed easily 
The alternative is a tin, which is hard to seal after using, for say, enough for a tea or coffee.
And ordinary milk in a plastic bottle tend to go sour quickly due to movement I think.


I hope they can be found in north America.

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Posted by: Adapt-Overcome-Conquer - 03-12-2019, 04:34 PM - Forum: Hoodlum Workshop-Photos Please - Replies (26)

Ok im here to tell the truth, whole truf nothing but the truf ..... ill try to keep this short but its a 5 year saga of trials and tribulations!!!  its ending with good news --hooray!!!!!!!!!!! glad to share it with my friends!

As many of you's already know....Archer taught me how to be a bowyer and I fell for it--hard...REALLY HARD! Big Grin Cool

That must have been challenging for him because I didnt have any previous experience building things with my hands, but apparently I am quite good at it....got a knack for it so to speak. In reality, the closer you can get to symmetry in your limbs, the more evenly your bow is tillered and the straighter it is, the better a bow it will be. It is imperative that everything line up perfectly straight---easier said than done eh--when your heated material handles like a squid tentacle!

we've been at a standstill for a few years because we (mostly Archer) are Pioneers in the PVC bow field ..we are figuring out as we move along and its not been easy--- but you guys know i never ever give up, so Ive been working and failing and working and failing and failing and working.... (working and failing at my goal of producing a perfectly, perfectly straight PVC bow, not the 'nuff principle here--anyone can rough out a PVC bow at home, im talking PRO level)

Look at all these failed attempts at perfection each of these pieces costs me 5$ 
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A few years ago, I was already giving out prototypes of (Curtis' design) one of a kind-- Archers Ultimate Survival Bow (USB)  (Art Edwards got one, Norseman, Abowoman, Jesse Hood, JBarrows friend  Scotty, Grizzly Dave's got one, 90 North had one) plus about 10 of my other friends and a few of their kids) I thought we might be ready to start selling them--people wanted to buy them--we even had a website built! 

But then IT happened.... Huh

my 45# favorite 5 pc takedown bow shattered violently at full draw in my hand....hahah the old joke bring me my brown pants comes to mind. Oh it wasnt that bad but it caught me off guard...

now---the temperature dont get that cold in Washington where Curt rigorously tested them....so he said that had never happened to him, in fact until it happened to me, we didnt know that could happen to PVC, we thought it would crack, fold or limb failure NOT slightly explode...

at first my whole arm was vibrating, I wasn't sure what had happened, felt like the damn kid from Christmas Story--you'll shoot your eye out!! my cheek hurt alittle...I was left holding the handle of the bow--with the upper limb cracked off about half way and laying feet away and the bottom limb broken off but still attached to the bowstring hanging there.... I believe the process went something like ---my bow was sitting out in minus 15 C for a few hours, i was nearing my last shots of the day, 28" full draw ---just before release and boom....im like w the actual f ?

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it shattered on the bottom limb near the fades (where ALL bows fail if they fail) the stored energy--upon release cracked the upper limb off and sent er flying and pulled the lower limb towards my face, luckily I escaped with only a little scratch on my cheek, I shudder to think if that was the eye of a child that I had made a bow for...I actually almost recalled them Shy  but I looked into it and I realized any of the kids I made 18# to 25# bows for (if they too failed) would be safe because there wasnt enough energy even in the 45# pound one to break my skin, it lost all of its energy the moment it was compromised...by the time the sharp plastic from the limb hit me, it was very weak...

So by this time I was thinking this is not the "ultimate survival bow" if you cant use it in the winter.......I tested my bows and experienced another failure the winter after on a minus 20 day....my friend Brent pulled it past 30" (that WILL void your warranty btw) and same thing as the other---it shattered, nothing hit him...he was fine. BUT by this time I know more research is needed! now Archer and I explored all the reasons why those bows may have broken and the others had not---scratches in the paint let UV light in and weakened it? imperceptible limb twists or bulges (hinges, convexities)? we did not know why! I might add I have built about 50 bows of different types and out of the 50... 2 have failed like that! i always wondered why other bows I took out in even colder weather (which were the same 2 years old, also were not perfect, also had paint missing) had not shattered. I decided to try experimenting with a rubber sealant spray that will stop the bow from flying around/ being dangerous if it shatters--so far I dont know yet because I cant get the ones I have now to actually shatter LOL Big Grin  figures old Murphys law...

this IS WHY!!!!!!!!! my god--this dude saved me --he figured it out! some PVC is faulty and brittle and will shatter when hit with a hammer--other pipes from the same store, rack, batch will not! eureka!


so this literally changes everything...I built a few bows last week and I took the 2 ft garbage pieces that were left and gave them some whacks with a hammer--guess what---1 of the pieces shattered to oblivion and the other 2 did not....i took out one of the bows that shattered years ago, whacked it and it failed the hammer test--it shattered...the bows that have lasted , pieces left from those pipes pass the hammer test!! oh happy day!

here is one of my trusty rusty's --this bow is 4 years old, 50# and is scratched to shit and has a slight limb variation and is still going strong...seen many winters!  
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 ...I am not sure how much you know about my plans---but I dream of one day quitting my job and selling bows full time or doing something survival related...foolish pipe dreams I know (other areas I am exploring for survival income  are the survival games with Jesse/Mako and a troubled youth survival camp)....but my requirement has always been to sell a product which is superior for a very reasonable price, thats the only products im interested in ever selling or buying!

Thats one of the reasons we got so hard into the PVC bow making....so so so many benefits from the perspective of buyer, seller and maker!

actually our PVC bows, I'd wager are superior to traditional wood and fiberglass bows in nearly every aspect--the material cost much less, the possibilities for design, draw weight ect are nearly endless, they are 90% quicker to make, less expensive equipment to purchase to get started, they are more durable, take less set, give less hand shock, are performing in extreme wet, heat and (cold?  Dodgy or so we thought), snappy--lots of fps,  .... ect yada yada...

we've been through inventing multiple types of presses and jigs 
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and now we can move past this spontaneous shattering phenomenon! Its not a mistake on my part, its faulty material....

I am overjoyed! literally....

here is some pics of my newest bow---very proud of this one 40# at 28" as straight as humanely possible, 1 piece traditional bow, wrapped with camo cloth tape and sealed with rubber sealant and clear coated...ready for me to go test--good thing too because my shoulders killing me shooting a 50# bow!

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Thanks for looking, listening.....it has sure been a long process...im learning all the time!


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  Massive picture post: whole lotta forged blades
Posted by: Stormcrow - 03-09-2019, 04:04 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (8)

It's been a very busy last several months, and while I have produced a good number of blades, I haven't been as active online to post them.  So here's most of them from recent months.  Big Grin

Everything is 80CrV2 steel, with various combinations of paracord and hemp wrapped handles, and Boltaron sheaths except for the two retina-searing colors, which are Kydex.

In vague order from November to February:

This chopper was forged very close to the final shape.  Minimal stock removal on the bevels.

[Image: 32372949857_68f6259e7a_c.jpg]chopper by James Helm, on Flickr

A rare foldover sheath:

[Image: 46591559594_87458648ca_c.jpg]js01 by James Helm, on Flickr

My eyes!

[Image: 32372957957_9d83f54144_c.jpg]orange by James Helm, on Flickr

Not the same tan tanto as above.

[Image: 47262430622_933edf20df_c.jpg]tanto02 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 46399953465_d5696149c1_z.jpg]knife01 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 47314924031_69d1c2618f_z.jpg]knife02 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 32372963387_5ba1c9afbc_z.jpg]knife03 by James Helm, on Flickr

A very rare kiridashi.

[Image: 32372963367_f43072bf65_z.jpg]knife04 by James Helm, on Flickr

O tanto with a 13 1/2" blade and wakizashi with a 15 3/4" blade.  The waki was a commission from a Green Beret.

[Image: 32372963197_acf289ccde_z.jpg]knife06 by James Helm, on Flickr

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