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Biohazard Outbreak Response Blade, Short
#1
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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#2
Again...some very nice work...

Alas, the work of my two favorite knifemakers is now out of my reach....glad I bought a couple before you guys got famous! Smile

DD
Some mornings it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps!


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#3
Fine pieces of work for cutting man or beast, dead or alive!!

Bet they could even do some fine cutting in a kitchen or at the campsite.
Message of Insight and Unity 

We go into the wilderness to fulfill our hearts and empty our minds of life's garbage.
The gear we leave behind and the challenges we encounter, 
Are methods we use to cleanse our spirits.
Of Survivalists and Bushcrafters, Primitive Technologists too, we are one.........

It is the wilderness within, we strive for first and always.
Not everyone can have a cabin in the mountains.
The thread that connects us, is fine like silk and strong as steel.
Together, the song of the wilderness is the song we sing!

"And can I say something else?"
Bushcrafting is "doing what you want to do." 
Survival is "doing what you have to do"
Primitive Technology is about all of the above........

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#4
I was flipping through the channels today and Forged in Fire was on...they had that Helm guy on and let him make that KattsBalls sword again...can you believe that?...I have watched that program at least 5 times and they always let him make the same sword!!...you woulda thought after the second time they would have changed it.....you just can't trust TV.....Smile Cool

DD
Some mornings it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps!


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#5
Thanks, guys! It's a design I definitely want to play around with more, including seeing about a mid-tech version of it.

DD - I will be just fine if I never have to make another katzbalger! I'm glad I had the challenges I did, but it's definitely not my favorite sword design.
James Helm - Proud to be a Neo-Tribal Metalsmith scavenging the wreckage of civilization!



Helm Enterprises, Forging Division - http://www.helmforge.com



Helm Enterprises, Grinding Division - http://www.helmgrind.com



A collaboration with Wasteland Leatherwork: wastelandcrow.blogspot.com
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#6
Really nice blades. Ron has one of yours. It is quite long and the handle is full tang and rounded into a circle. He LOVED it. I still have it. I remember him walking around with it in his hand "feeling" it. He really, really liked your work! So do I.

-K
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#7
I know exactly the one you're talking about Karen. Was glad to send it to Ron. Smile
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Helm Enterprises, Grinding Division - http://www.helmgrind.com



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