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Diplomatic blades and a couple of choppers


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I had an interesting opportunity pop up recently when I was contacted about making a couple of knives to be used as diplomatic gifts between the US Army and a couple of generals in the Mexican Army.  I didn't have a whole lot of time to work with, but I happened to have some prototype mid-tech Benghazi Warfighter and Little Rok blades already ground, heat treated, and powdercoated, so I agreed. 
3/16" 80CrV2 steel, TeroTuf handles, and flared stainless steel tube handle rivets.
diplomacy01 by James Helm, on Flickr
diplomacy02 by James Helm, on Flickr
When I was given the names and ranks to be laser engraved in the blades, I was surprised to find that the knives were gifts for the Mexican Secretary of Defense and his Chief of Staff!   :o
diplomacy03 by James Helm, on Flickr
diplomacy04 by James Helm, on Flickr
It was an honor to be chosen for the task.  :)
And, on an entirely different tack, a couple of choppers finished up recently.  Forged 80Crv2, paracord over neoprene, marine epoxy, the usual.
13 1/2" blade, black and gold.  Customer commented, "Love my knife."
chopper01 by James Helm, on Flickr
chopper02 by James Helm, on Flickr
14 1/4" blade, tan and black.  This customer, a fellow knife maker, commented, "Dude!  This thing is perfect.  I love it!"
zw01 by James Helm, on Flickr
zw02 by James Helm, on Flickr
Always glad to have happy customers.  :)
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8 hours ago, Marc1 said:

Interesting how the meaning of the names match the rank.

Not a prank is it? 

Not a prank. They are real.




Beautiful work. What an honor!

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