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  the broken fiskars hatchet still lives
Posted by: Scottman - 04-20-2018, 02:38 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (2)

chopping up some scraps to throw into a future huglekultur bed.

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  17 dollar marbles Tactical Tomahawk
Posted by: Scottman - 04-20-2018, 02:27 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (6)

been slowly modding and playing with it.

it’s like having a small knife and chopper in the same tool. haven't had a chance to go hunting but I probably could gut a red squirrel with it.



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  Kel-Tec Bullpup Shotguns
Posted by: Jimbo - 04-15-2018, 12:05 AM - Forum: Questions and Answers - Replies (1)

I attended the local Gun & Knife Show this morning and a couple of the vendors had some specimens of the Kel-Tec/.12 gauge KSG.  They were impressive, and probably are ideal for their intended purpose, Military, Law Enforcement and/or Self Defense.  Holding 15 rounds of normal 2 3/4 inch shot shells and 25 of the mini shells, they certainly make a formidable weapon.  And they manage three inch magnum shot shells also. 

Reading articles about them this afternoon one article said they ran 250 rounds of assorted shot shells (nine different brands/types, were used, IIRC) through their example, including the Aguila Mini Shot Shells, with out a single malfunction. 

Just wondering if anyone here has handled or used one, and can provide any practical experience with the Kel-Tec/KSG?

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  How to determine when to buy a knife.
Posted by: jbarrow - 04-10-2018, 01:02 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (15)

Just trying to help.


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  In the beginning, it was dirt.
Posted by: jbarrow - 04-07-2018, 12:48 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (19)

I still marvel each time I pick up a blade and ponder it from beginning to end. In the case of a Mora, all this takes place, it is stamped, ground, heat treated, handled, sheathed and shipped from Sweden to my door in Idaho for 15.00.  A true miracle.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l7JqonyoKA

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  Camp chopper and Hisshou re-wrap
Posted by: Stormcrow - 04-04-2018, 05:33 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (3)

A couple more blades that have recently left my shop.

The first is a camp chopper traded to another knifemaker for a kitchen knife for my wife.  It's taken a loooong time for me to finish it up.  It has a 13" blade forged from 80CrV2 steel, with a tan over black paracord wrap and tan Kydex sheath.

[Image: 39423996800_4f54ebee8a_c.jpg]joec01 by James Helm, on Flickr

The second is a re-wrap on a CRKT Hisshou, designed by James Williams.  I usually don't work on other people's blades, but this is the design that started me playing around with tanto designs of my own.  The customer had already stripped off the handle wrap and ray skin underlay, leaving the polymer bolster in place.  I laid down a neoprene foundation, followed by a tan paracord underlay and tang paracord overlay, with a three-strand Turk's head knot on top of the bolster.

[Image: 39423998000_68fc2632dd_c.jpg]hisshourewrap01 by James Helm, on Flickr

The sheath on this is Boltaron, very similar to Kydex but less susceptible to temperature changes once molded.  I think it has some better definition as well.  The pistol holster guys like it.  This is what I'll be using on sheaths now.

[Image: 41234600261_296d1449f7_c.jpg]hisshourewrap02 by James Helm, on Flickr

The Hisshou is zero ground, something I've never done, but I touched it up with my stropping belt on my belt grinder with some green chrome compound.  He noticed, sayin, "It's friggin' shaving sharp!"  Big Grin

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  Parangs and bolos
Posted by: Stormcrow - 03-30-2018, 03:07 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (5)

I recently forged out four choppers for inventory for the Blade Show, two parangs and two bolos.  A couple of customers came along and laid claim to one of each design, so now I have one parang and one bolo for Blade.  Better get hammering!

They were all forged from 3/16" 80CrV2 steel and came out light and fast in the hand.

[Image: 39307060370_f5ec8977e4_c.jpg]parangobolo by James Helm, on Flickr

The parangs ended up with hemp cord wraps and paracord Turk's head knots.  All of them got Boltaron sheaths.

[Image: 40405123084_00db5bc048_c.jpg]parang01 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 39307061520_77e93afff3_c.jpg]parang02 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 40405122764_ab6170b909_c.jpg]parang03 by James Helm, on Flickr


The bolos got paracord wraps and fully sharpened top edges.  The one claimed by a customer got a "rattler" pattern camo paracord per the customer's request, as well as a shoulder sling.

[Image: 40405124844_72269d521e_c.jpg]bolo01 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 39307062740_6b15d54a23_c.jpg]bolo02 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 41115699801_8dd787e2de_c.jpg]bolo03 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 40405124254_ccef2f08e2_c.jpg]bolo04 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 40405123784_7a45f172a4_c.jpg]bolo05 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 41115698671_e997372be4_c.jpg]bolo06 by James Helm, on Flickr

Always glad to see my blades put to work.  Smile

Both customers were happy with their blades. The fellow who got the parang sent some pictures of it being used for yard work, along with a blade from my buddy Tobin Nieto.

[Image: 40405121714_5c7e6a7729_z.jpg]use01 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 40405121744_985fce4cc4.jpg]use02 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 40405121444_f0c646b36e.jpg]use03 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 39307060010_fa4ec5e396.jpg]use04 by James Helm, on Flickr

Always glad to see my blades put to work. Smile

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  148 Dollar Midland Folding shotgun at 50 yards
Posted by: Scottman - 03-28-2018, 02:19 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - No Replies

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dashes  are 6 shot 2 3/4 one round,    one round of 4 buck, and one round of 00

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  Biohazard Outbreak Response Blade, Short
Posted by: Stormcrow - 03-27-2018, 01:50 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (6)

I've made a number of bush swords down through the years inspired by a certain blade in a zombie-killing video game.  They typically are around 15" blades.  Here's the first of this basic style to be made, back in 2015:

[Image: 27168359218_24dc934017_c.jpg]biohazard (3) by James Helm, on Flickr

I recently made a shorter blade that is essentially the Biohazard Outbreak Response Blade scaled down to a 9 3/4" blade.  I really dig it!

This was the fastest knife to sell that I've done.  I had forged and trimmed to the rough shape, posted a picture on Instagram, and it was laid claim to within three minutes!  Big Grin

Here's the initial picture:

[Image: 39229785780_4c6d81d5a1_c.jpg]zkiller06 by James Helm, on Flickr

It was finished out with a thick false edge, aggressifying the aesthetics but not coming close to a cutting edge.  The customer wanted a hemp cord wrap, and I topped it off with a three-strand Turk's head knot in paracord.

[Image: 41038254361_4a0b991022_c.jpg]zkiller01 by James Helm, on Flickr

The sheath has my first-ever molded drainage hole at the tip, again per the customer's request.

 [Image: 40145275305_3f14c1838d_c.jpg]zkiller02 by James Helm, on Flickr

Feels great in the hand!

[Image: 40996463322_6649beaaba_c.jpg]zkiller03 by James Helm, on Flickr

In comparison with a tanto with an 8 7/8" blade.  Similar lengths, totally different knives!

[Image: 39231016770_4cbbfe6763_c.jpg]zkiller05 by James Helm, on Flickr

The customer's response upon getting it was, "What is this damn monstrosity!"  In a good way.    Big Grin

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  Aero Survival Rifle and Pistol VS Ruger takedown 9mm?
Posted by: Scottman - 03-21-2018, 03:00 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (3)

What  say  you? http://www.tnwfirearms.com/category-s/1825.htm

https://ruger.com/products/pcCarbine/models.html

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