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Blade Show, months later - Stormcrow - 09-24-2018

It has been a very busy summer and I haven't kept things updated as I should.

Had an awesome Blade Show this year (first weekend in June!  I am way behind!), and two full tables of inventory.  This year had the distinction of the *first* show I've ever had a table where I wasn't having to sharpen blades in the hotel room/at the table.  My wife was happy about that.  Big Grin

One table was dedicated to forged blades and the other to mid-techs.

[Image: 44875967671_f822546378_c.jpg]bladeshow01 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 44155694194_3bdaff6fb3_c.jpg]bladeshow02 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 44875967361_983e6825eb_c.jpg]bladeshow03 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 43064246890_3d4225a5db_c.jpg]bladeshow04 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 43964799425_e1186f9b19_c.jpg]bladeshow14 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 29939408867_36a994b466_c.jpg]bladeshow15 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 44155691384_b17904d447_c.jpg]bladeshow16 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 29939407587_4a676daafd_c.jpg]bladeshow17 by James Helm, on Flickr

RE: Blade Show, months later - Stormcrow - 09-24-2018

Ed Calderon, the Taco Ninja, usually works with the small and concealable, but he loves my big carcass splitters.

[Image: 44155693204_124d17bd9c_c.jpg]bladeshow05 by James Helm, on Flickr

Filthy Mitch added to his impressive collection of Helm blades with a smaller carcass splitter and my first-ever ginunting, plus one or two mid-techs.

[Image: 43964801335_15002207df_c.jpg]bladeshow06 by James Helm, on Flickr

Tu Lam, co-host of the History Channel cutting competition show "Knife or Death" had seen my big blades on Instagram and arranged to meet up to discuss a project for him. More details later.

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

Tobin Nieto re-created the pose used by artist Matt Dyck for my T-shirt design, using the wakizashi/tanto daisho collaboration I did with Ben Tendick.

[Image: 43064245910_b42b43b37b_c.jpg]bladeshow07 by James Helm, on Flickr

I was quite pleased and humbled when ABS Mastersmith Lin Rhea came over to my table to tell me he appreciated what I was doing in the field of forged blades. Especially high praise given his amazing skill with a hammer.

[Image: 43964800965_5d946838db_c.jpg]bladeshow08 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 43964800465_57bbfdb714_c.jpg]bladeshow09 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 43064245220_3e15abe1d3_c.jpg]bladeshow10 by James Helm, on Flickr

Allan Reid of ARctc Knives was grinding so hard he got to the show late, but he came with a good showing.

[Image: 29939409817_eb040c1082_c.jpg]bladeshow11 by James Helm, on Flickr

James Huse earned his ABS Journeyman Smith stamp this year. Congratulations!

[Image: 44155692524_52bef36c3b_c.jpg]bladeshow12 by James Helm, on Flickr

More pics in a bit.

RE: Blade Show, months later - Stormcrow - 09-24-2018

A better look at the forged blades. All wrapped handles. The cleavers are 5160, the rest are 80CrV2. The hemp wraps were torched prior to being impregnated with epoxy. Sheaths are Boltaron.

Especially with the cleavers, I've been working on getting closer to the final shape with my power hammer, Gunnhilda. The cleavers in particular only had hand forging to straighten them. The power hammer die texture on those has not been smoothed over with a hand hammer as I usually do. Just an area of skill I'm currently working on refining.

It's been a while, so any dimensions mentioned below will be approximate.

Carcass splitter with an 18" blade, 22" handle.

[Image: 40592164650_99d7930a25_c.jpg]bladeshow15 by James Helm, on Flickr

Carcass splitter with a 15" blade, 14" handle.

[Image: 40592158780_4df163e403_c.jpg]bladeshow18 by James Helm, on Flickr

Bush sword, about 15" blade.

[Image: 40592161110_f4e1140674_c.jpg]bladeshow16 by James Helm, on Flickr

The first ginunting I've made, about a 15" blade. I'm working on my second one right now for inventory for Blade Show West.

[Image: 40592159850_e53fa382a8_c.jpg]bladeshow17 by James Helm, on Flickr.

This carcass splitter was my reaction to seeing what challenges were on the first episode of "Knife or Death" on the History Channel. I call it "The Mutant". Big Grin Approximately a 14.5" blade, 14" handle. The "spine" side is sharpened with a stout convex edge that is frighteningly sharp. The idea being that the main edge would work for most of the cutting tasks, while the convex edge is reserved for particularly damaging tests such as buckets of gravel and huge ice blocks. I think of the design as a hybrid fusion of a carcass splitter and a Nepalese ram dao. It balances on the heavy side for plenty of inertia, but is still nimble and *very* powerful! This was one of the blades that caught Tu Lam's attention.

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

I initially tried to build a normal Boltaron sheath, but saw that the chances of grievous harm to the sheather was high, so ended up turning it into a split sheath.

[Image: 41676999884_a84a37cdd1_c.jpg]bladeshow13 by James Helm, on Flickr

The cleaver hole is centered on the blade instead of offset toward the spine, which made me think of a Cyclops and contributed to its name.

[Image: 40592164610_2028786d2d_c.jpg]bladeshow14 by James Helm, on Flickr

While this particular carcass splitter was not forged until after the Blade Show, it was requested by a repeat customer after the other short carcass splitter got picked up by Filthy Mitch at the show. He was really hoping it would make it through the show so he could buy it, so I ended up making him one as close to the one he had liked.

[Image: 44825592082_83a2a8175e_c.jpg]carcasssplitter02 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 29939277737_80f10d80d8_c.jpg]carcasssplitter03 by James Helm, on Flickr

I'm currently working on inventory for Blade Show West coming up the first weekend in October in Portland, OR. It'll be my first time in the Pacific Northwest, and I'm looking forward to it. Only one table this time, and all of the inventory is forged work.

RE: Blade Show, months later - Jimbo - 09-25-2018

Nice story, photo's and especially some nice blades. 

Wishing you the very best in preparing for the West coast show.  May you have much inventory available by the time of the show.

RE: Blade Show, months later - thatmckenzie - 09-25-2018

I love to see your photos. Having Mr Rhea say that must have made your hat fit pretty tightly!

RE: Blade Show, months later - Stormcrow - 09-26-2018

Thank y'all!

Jimbo - My goal is to not have to work through the night the day before we leave for Portland. Big Grin

Thatmckinzie - It's always humbling to have a master in the craft (and I don't mean an official title) praise your work, and I have been blessed to have that happen several times through the years. I know what I do is pretty oddball in comparison with most of the knife world, so such praise is doubly valuable.

RE: Blade Show, months later - Jimbo - 09-26-2018

(09-26-2018, 04:51 AM)Stormcrow Wrote: Jimbo - My goal is to not have to work through the night the day before we leave for Portland.  Big Grin
I hope you not only make, but that you exceed your goal!

RE: Blade Show, months later - Adapt-Overcome-Conquer - 09-27-2018

Dude---cool beans!!!!

I must have missed one of your previous posts--- because I need to know what on earth are those sticker/poker thingies? stabby looking spikes with handles?

as usual, amazing, beautiful, magnificent work- top notch--not surprised Mr. Rhea complimented you--what you are doing is such functional art-- deadly and delicious! So different from much of the other stuff on the market...looking at your blades and holding one (i imagine) would bring out a strong primal emotion in some.... must chop.....

 filthy mike!  Big Grin Big Grin hahah


RE: Blade Show, months later - Grizzly Dave - 10-11-2018

I am late to the plate on this one , but I want to say that when I was at the Blade show I was in awe at all the fine knives axes and cleavers on brother Helm's table. You really have to handle one to truly appreciate the skill that goes into his crating of these blades.
James I wanted to spend more time with you and your lovely wife but time got away on me my friend.
Next time less wandering, more chatting Big Grin

RE: Blade Show, months later - Stormcrow - 10-17-2018

AOC - I need to do a post on the stabby things. When I get time. Big Grin

"Filthy Mitch" got his name from working HVAC and being the guy who gets sent down the ducts when the situation calls for it.