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Stormcrow

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    San Antonio, Texas
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  1. Thanks, guys! Frosty - A Sasquatch gets what a Sasquatch asks for!
  2. Howdy, folks. Been a busy, productive year, and not as much time has been spent on forums as I used to. But I have had a couple of interesting projects I wanted to share. They are the two largest carcass splitters I've made so far, one completed in February and one in August. The first was a commission from a chef who owns multiple restaurants who wanted as large a carcass splitter as I could make as a gift for a friend of his. The second was a commission from a fellow who butchers a lot of hogs. Both started out as bars of 5/16" x 4" 80CrV2 steel, and both ended up with hemp cord ov
  3. Thanks, Bill. That was 2001. Been a long journey from there to here, for sure.
  4. Thank y'all! Templehound - You ain't kidding about the discipline thing! I'm trying to get some inventory together for Blade Show West right now. I'm focusing on mid-tech knives, but hope to have some forged blades as well.
  5. It's been a busy year, and difficult to keep up with everything. Here's some of what I've been building. It's all 80CrV2 steel with various cord wraps impregnated with marine epoxy and sheathed in Boltaron. I like to focus on getting geometry, balance, and ergonomics right without playing around too much with materials. Apologies beforehand for the massive wall of pictures. Mini-parang. miniparang01 by James Helm, on Flickr Barong. barong01 by James Helm, on Flickr barong02 by James Helm, on Flickr Ko-katana. kokatana01 by James Helm, on Flickr
  6. 1084, 5160. A pipe muffle will help even out the heat of a coal forge when it comes time to heat treat, and eliminate the risk of burning up the steel. Definitely normalize before you harden and temper.
  7. She did better than I did on my first knife!
  8. Thank y'all! Neilyeag - I have no natural skill in that direction, but I'm extremely stubborn!
  9. Those are some gorgeous cutting boards, and the knives compliment them well!
  10. 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. A similarly-sized (6"~ blade) knife as the above utility, with hemp. Variations on Benghazi Warfighters, two with sharpened upper edges.
  11. Beautiful work and a great story. Really love the blade shape and have built similar before in my own style. Glad to see you bring it out of the cabinet and put it to work.
  12. Yep. Look at the product first, with the maker adding a bit of secondary interest afterward. I'm so white I could send emergency signals just by rolling up my pants legs and going for a walk. I've drawn inspiration from makers around the world, most of whom don't look a thing like me. There is a strong, vibrant Asian knifemaker community in various countries. I follow several from Thailand on Facebook and Instagram. No idea what their text says, but their work is beautiful, and they obviously keep a close eye on what is going on in the American market. I've seen pieces inspired by
  13. Thank y'all! Thad - On smaller blades I temper at 425 Fahrenheit, on larger ones, 450. I have a whole HT schedule from Ed Braun I'll send anyone interested if they'll send me an e-mail at helmforge at gmail with the subject line "80CrV2 HT". Templehound - The milled bevels are a smidge thicker than I'd like, but we're going to be adding a smoothing pass that'll shave it down a bit thinner. I want to heat treat at the point that they're ready to be sharpened. These were done with a 5 degree tapered end mill, but future ones will have a 3 degree mill, so the bevel will come higher u
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