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Last bush swords of 2017


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I finished up the bush swords I showed forged out in my last post. 

39484297531_761371dfc2_c.jpgbushswords01 by James Helm, on Flickr

All are 80CrV2 steel, between 14" and 16" blades.

This longest one had a hemp cord wrap with black paracord Turk's head knots, and a raised false edge. 

27707831869_475e995420_c.jpgeosword01 by James Helm, on Flickr

39484293611_2dfa4c81e8_c.jpgeosword02 by James Helm, on Flickr

This one with tan and black paracord had a short, fully sharpened top edge per the customer's request.

39453962712_d009869034_c.jpgkusword01 by James Helm, on Flickr

27707823729_e1f6f74130_c.jpgkusword02 by James Helm, on Flickr

And finally, the shortest one.  I liked the way the butt end of the handle had forged out, so I left it exposed instead of rounding it out and wrapping all the way around.

27707832759_8f6e354211_c.jpgcvsword01 by James Helm, on Flickr

39484297191_1cd6c12ed9_c.jpgcvsword02 by James Helm, on Flickr

After having it for a few days, the customer commented, "I can't believe how light and responsive this is for such a large blade. Awesome work my friend!  I just can't get over how freakin' awesome this bush sword is. I am sore from swinging it so much. Destroying everything in its path so far. Thank you."

Always glad to have happy customers.  :)

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You've still got it, James! ;) I like these blade shapes very much!

Inspired by your earlier works I wanted to try the raised false edge, too. Although I was thinking a parang style knife. We'll see if I get it done before springtime... :)

Thanks for sharing, and all the bests to you!


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