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  Donation knives and culinary knives
Posted by: Stormcrow - 03-18-2018, 05:23 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (4)

I can't afford to give away too many knives, but I do the occasional donation piece.  I *always* make sure to donate a blade to Knife Rights for their Ultimate Steel fundraiser (currently forged out), but these two are not for that.

The first is for a fundraiser at my old high school, raising money for teachers whose projects for their students go beyond the allotted budget.  I never have and never will have any school spirit, but I have a lot of respect for certain individual teachers because it was their efforts in conjunction with mine and not necessarily the institution itself that made a difference in my education.  I was approached by an old classmate to make a knife for the fundraiser and agreed to help the teachers going above and beyond the requirements.  I used a black and gold wrap because those are the school colors, of course.  Big Grin  I demonstrated the wrap as a class I taught at Johnny Stout's Guadalupe Forge Hammer-in.

[Image: 27001077008_64a32a4ebc_c.jpg]donation01 by James Helm, on Flickr

The second one is for WISH, a women's and children's shelter in Muskogee, Oklahoma.  As there was no requirement for a particular color scheme, I went with a subdued black-over-olive drab wrap.  I used this one to demonstrate making sheaths at the same Hammer-in, though I ran long with the wrap class and ended up having to finish out the sheath in a piecemeal fashion the rest of the day after molding.

[Image: 40163276684_b60752cccc_c.jpg]donation02 by James Helm, on Flickr

The two together.  No reason for the difference in length, that's just how they ended up.  Big Grin

[Image: 27001076358_e8616e7288_c.jpg]donation03 by James Helm, on Flickr

And something well outside my usual wheelhouse, a couple of cooking knives ordered up for wedding gifts.  This is the first pair of a series of wedding gift knives since apparently everyone the customer knows is getting married.  The customer wanted a 3" paring knife and a 6" chef knife.  Handles are red G10 with black G10 liners and black G10 with red G10 liners.

[Image: 39061566340_66d182be05_c.jpg]chef01 by James Helm, on Flickr

I have made a small handful of cooking knives in the past and never really been happy with them.  I've had a lot of trouble with warping due to the thinness of the blades, so in this case I didn't forge the blades at all but cut them from 1/8" 80CrV2 and heat treated them at full thickness.  That, of course, meant grinding the bevels carefully so as not to ruin the temper.  The VFD controller on my new AmeriBrade grinder helped a lot in that department.  The customer wanted a 3" paring knife and a 6" chef knife.

[Image: 27001268348_bf22d26090_c.jpg]chef01b by James Helm, on Flickr

He picked them up in person.  Good guy!  Not the first knife nor the last he'll be getting from me.  The finish on these is a machine finish with a Scothbrite belt, with the handles buffed on a fine Scotchbrite ball.  They're coated in butcher's block mineral oil (contents: mineral oil).

[Image: 40871146621_be937a6584_c.jpg]chef02 by James Helm, on Flickr

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  Smaller knives, tantos and rooster spurs
Posted by: Stormcrow - 03-17-2018, 05:52 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - No Replies

I like making big knives, but of course make small ones too.  It's actually more difficult for me to make a 4" blade than a 12" blade. 

Here are some littler ones that recently left the shop for new homes.  All are 80CrV2 steel with marine epoxy-impregnated wraps.

Two tantos.  The long, slim one has an 8 7/8" long blade.  The little kwaiken is a 4" blade, 4" handle, with hemp cord for the underlay on the wrap and paracord on top. 

[Image: 25842915957_dbdf594b7d_c.jpg]tantos01 by James Helm, on Flickr

And two rooster spurs.  The top one has a 5 1/2" blade, the bottom a 4" like the original.  Both have fully sharpened top edges.  This was a his-and-hers set, hence the pink camo cord on the bottom one.  Big Grin

[Image: 40671578852_3dc6335334_c.jpg]clippoints by James Helm, on Flickr

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  Beretta cheetah 380 at 100 yards
Posted by: Scottman - 03-15-2018, 12:56 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (6)

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interesting classic first time shooting one . Recoil was sharper then I anticipated

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  Rooster Spur bodyguard knife
Posted by: Stormcrow - 03-12-2018, 07:24 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (2)

A guy who does bodyguard work for rock stars approached me about doing a short, cord wrapped knife for him.  It seemed like an interesting project, so I took it.  He wanted a 4" blade (about as short as I ever make) and 4" handle (shorter than I usually do), sharpened top edge, cord wrapped handle, but left the rest of it up to me.  I took a few tips I've picked up from Ed Calderon and a bit of Spanish navaja influence, some pikal design, and came up with the Rooster Spur.

[Image: 26843415508_68ab58b0c4_z.jpg]roosterspur04 by James Helm, on Flickr

It's forged from 80CrV2 steel, with a hemp cord wrap over the bare steel of the tang.

[Image: 25843291747_a88cc1fb48_z.jpg]roosterspur03 by James Helm, on Flickr

It has a narrow little point for easy penetration.  A two-strand Turk's head provides a mechanical lock for the hand to keep it in place when stabbing.

[Image: 25843289447_cce88657d5_z.jpg]roosterspur05 by James Helm, on Flickr

As mentioned above, it was designed with pikal techniques in mind, and the handle works well with a thumb anchor grip.

[Image: 25843288197_55726d5b0c_z.jpg]roosterspur06 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 25843288267_1099f2f562_z.jpg]roosterspur07 by James Helm, on Flickr

And, of course, a Kydex sheath for carry.

[Image: 26903055498_9cda1cd8c6_c.jpg]roosterspur10 by James Helm, on Flickr

It's garnered enough attention that I'm strongly considering a mid-tech version once I have the process all sorted out.  Smile

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  Out with the Schrade Brush Sword
Posted by: Scottman - 03-11-2018, 11:14 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - No Replies

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  Daylight Savings Time
Posted by: Bill Hay - 03-10-2018, 03:22 PM - Forum: Welcome To The Hoodlums - Replies (6)

Hey gang, just a reminder that tonight is the time to change your clocks!!!

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  Body Armor, what for undershirt?
Posted by: Tn Ridge Rover - 03-09-2018, 12:12 PM - Forum: Questions and Answers - Replies (2)

I was just issued a personal stab proof vest at work. Its for outside the uniform wear. First thought was I gotta lose a few pounds! Then other thoughts creeped into my feeble mind like now I have all these stab targets defined on my body. In the spring we had 3 officers stabbed. At least one of them was stabbed in the neck. I have no confidence in this vest but gotta wear it sometimes, if not always. Exception may be when carrying a handgun then the required vest will be heavier.


I've fought  Olympic rules Taekwondo with full body armor, back in the day and have experienced the challenges of fighting in body armor. My stab proof vest is much lighter than that (level 2).  I've also marched in bout 50 lbs of body armor able to stop a 30.06. That gig didn't last long in the hot summer sun.


I was part of a team that taught women's full contact rape defense with some extensive body armor! I think that gear was 50 or so pounds. I know how body armor effects fighting ability.


My question is what to wear under the vest in the summer? Links if ya can. Wiggys sells mesh long johns, I have the polypro garments like Capeline, etc. I have no knowledge or experience with UnderArmor.  Ideas?

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  A question about curry
Posted by: Bill Hay - 03-04-2018, 08:36 PM - Forum: Wilderness Cooking Forum - Replies (18)

I understand there are many spice combinations called "curry".  I am looking for one that smells and tastes like what I remember from childhood, a rich smell experienced at the county fair, walking down the midway.

Nothing I've found comes close.  Any ideas, brand names or experiences?

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  25 dollar marbles camp axe and Schrade Brush sword
Posted by: Scottman - 03-03-2018, 03:21 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (12)

https://www.smkw.com/marbles-outdoor-axe-20-in-handle

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  Marbles X-1 Tactical Tomahawk $17
Posted by: Scottman - 03-03-2018, 01:37 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (14)

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