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About Stormcrow

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  • Birthday 06/10/1982

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    San Antonio, Texas
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    Blacksmithing, obviously.
  1. Thomas - Getting ready to make stock removal knives, obviously! John - It is a lot of fun.
  2. The Forged in Fire contestants who were at Blade Show got together for a group photo. There were a lot of us!
  3. Finally doing a Blade Show after-report. It was the best knife show I've done, and it flew! I didn't get to get around to talk with more than a small handful of the folks I wanted to, and sold all but three pieces at the show. Those three were all claimed before I made it back home. It was the biggest Blade Show yet. The first year I was there, a large margin of empty space surrounded the tables. The year after that they pushed to the outer walls. This year they had booths in the foyer out front. I haven't done a show yet where I didn't end up putting the final edges on in the hotel room. It was my buddy and fellow Forged in Fire champion Tobin Nieto's first time to have a table at Blade, and he, of course, made it entertaining. My loverly bride holds a glaive that he made, and he has my sword. You always need an eye-catcher on your table, and these are ours. Always enjoy it when Dan Keffeler comes by. Among other things, he had a Super Assassin with him. Which Tobin seemed to like. This fellow bought several blades from me, including the Ludicrously Oversized Bowie. Got to meet Ryu Lim, fellow Forged in Fire champion. Jason Knight was a contestant on the unaired pilot episode of Forged in Fire. He won with this Damascus gladius. He did all right. Mardi Meshsejian (another FiF contestant) made a katzbalger that was undoubtedly prettier than the one I built for the show. Mine was lighter, though; there's a full pound of sterling silver in the guard! Gorgeous work with a stainless san mai blade, anodized titanium handle, sterling guard, and fossilized walrus ivory pommel. He also had this gorgeous o-tanto with stainless san mai blade and fossilized walrus ivory handle. Tobin was as enthralled with RMJ Tactical's official rendition of the Frank Frazetta Deal Dealer ax as I was last year. There was a small disagreement that was amicably settled. Luke Swenson liked Tobin's glaive in spite of it not being a slipjoint. My brother-in-law talking with Tracker Dan. An interesting study in contrasts. Ed Calderon, the Taco Ninja, poses with some $5 foam nunchucks someone sold my nephew. Tobin's wife and daughter are in the background, oblivious that they are being posted across forums and social media. Don Carlos Andrade, who makes beautiful culinary cutlery, and Joe Flowers, who designs for Condor Tool and Knife. This bolo, o-tanto, and sword were the only items that didn't sell at the show. We got invited to tour RMJ Tactical's new shop in Chatanooga, TN, on the way back home. Enjoyed it a lot! Ryan made some comment about "the bellies of bladesmithing". While my wife and I spent a couple of days in the Smoky Mountains on our way home, I shot some better pics of the unsold items. All three were bought before we got back to Texas. This Sasquatch waded into the stream and grabbed the sword, but eventually wandered off. In spite of the long handle on the sword, the Sasquatch's paws filled it with a two-handed grip. I didn't get a good picture of my two tables at the show. I did have one of the four smaller tantos travel back with me so that I could ship it to the customer so he wouldn't have to mess with getting it back home.
  4. I finished up the post-nuclear barbarian sword, so at least I won't have an empty table. For some reason it looks shorter in photos than it seems in person. Final weight is 3.25 pounds. A little weighty, but I had no trouble working it one-handed on the whetstone. Both edges shave hair. 24" of Kydex for a 21" blade. This is the maximum that I'm set up to comfortably handle. Everything else that is forged has the wraps epoxied and sheaths molded.
  5. Whole lot of wraps ready for epoxy.
  6. Making progress. Got a mini-meat cleaver and a pair of o-tantos ready to epoxy the wraps.
  7. Got my mid-tech stuff powdercoated and took it to get my touchmark laser engraved this morning at JB Knife and Tool, who will be my neighbor in the San Antonio colony. Here's a Woodsman 'hawk getting frickin' laser beams shot at it. [/url]
  8. It's a 15 hour drive from here, which I split up over a couple of days. Theo - Come on by! Table 26R.
  9. Nothing is finished yet, but a lot in the works. I have two tables again this year, with the plan being one for forged work and one for stock removal. Small forged knives: Large forged knives: My eye-catcher is, of course, the post-nuclear barbarian sword, with a 21" blade and 33" overall length. And hopefully I'll have some stock-removal Little Roks, Benghazi Warfighters, and mini-parangs, as well as tomahawks.
  10. Thanks, guys! Gergely - I usually start with 1/4" stock, and the blade is often thickest at the blade/tang transition. So, about 1/4" to 3/16" on most of 'em. JLPServicesInc - I forge as close to shape as I can, grind off the worst, and hand file the bevels to final thickness. I wrap the handles and then brush on a liberal dose of marine epoxy.
  11. And a couple more bush swords in 80CrV2 steel, with integral socket handles, black paracord, and 16" blades. And black Kydex.
  12. I had a couple of finished up tantos go out to a good customer recently. He's been waiting for the shorter one for a while, and picked up the longer one, which I had forged as a demo of using my power hammer dies, when I posted as available on Instagram. The shorter one is forged from 80CrV2, with a 9 1/2" blade. The longer one is 5160, with a 12 1/2" blade. I did a bit of a variation on my usual wrap with these, matching a wrap I had done on a chopper for him last year. Over a foundation of neoprene is an underlay wrap of white bleached hemp cord, with tan paracord for the overlay. And, of course, tan Kydex. [/url] He sent me a video of him hacking up a large pumpkin with the longer tanto. Made short work of it. And this bush sword was one that I had forged a while back and had the customer disappear on me. It was kicking around the shop for a while until another customer bought it as his first custom blade. It's forged from 5160, with a blade length of around 15" - 16" and an integral socket handle. I had made a Kydex sheath for it, but the customer also got a leather sheath with baldric rig for it from fellow knifemaker Luke Swenson. Nice little detail on the leather, Luke!
  13. That came out beautifully!
  14. For those of y'all interested in the Dispos-A-Hammer in the video I posted, Tobin finished it up at his new shop, tested it, found it wanting, and cannibalized it into a block anvil and a post vise stand. I never got to see it running for reals, but apparently it was not hitting hard enough to be worthwhile. Tobin has a manufactured hammer on order that should be here this summer. The Dispos-A-Hammer was always intended to be a temporary solution.
  15. Frosty - Nothing too exciting. "Gunnhildita" is intended to be a smaller version of "Gunnhilda" built for Tobin's use. San Antonio is heavily Hispanic, and -ita is a Spanish feminine suffix for "little", which can also be an affectionate term. One of the nice things about the "Rusty"-style guided helve hammers is that the design can be easily scaled up and down between a 15 lb ram (the original Rusty) and about a 100 lb ram (Gunnhilda). Gunnhildita would be closer to the original Rusty size.