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Most of a half year's worth of forged blades

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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.   :D

Apologies beforehand for the massive wall of pictures.

Mini-parang.

48917463917_b2ed664bb0_c.jpgminiparang01 by James Helm, on Flickr

Barong.

48917465037_331e2026aa_c.jpgbarong01 by James Helm, on Flickr

48917464842_7a7eab8d78_c.jpgbarong02 by James Helm, on Flickr

Ko-katana.

48916733188_eceafac374_c.jpgkokatana01 by James Helm, on Flickr

48917464577_0d938d87cf_c.jpgkokatana03 by James Helm, on Flickr

48916732743_35a99048b5_c.jpgkokatana04 by James Helm, on Flickr

Wakizashi.

48917463402_79e83124ef_c.jpgwaki03 by James Helm, on Flickr

48917256456_e28a154f58_c.jpgwaki04 by James Helm, on Flickr

Sasquatch for scale.

48916732093_a4d65810f9_c.jpgpose03 by James Helm, on Flickr

Carcass splitters, two big, two small.

48917315601_be1dd0be60_c.jpgcarcasssplitter01 by James Helm, on Flickr

48917315366_62b062318b_c.jpgcarcasssplitter05 by James Helm, on Flickr

48916790118_1747a7d4c0_c.jpgcarcasssplitter06 by James Helm, on Flickr

Sasquatch for scale.

48917315436_4db65aa9a9_c.jpgcarcasssplitter03 by James Helm, on Flickr

Another barong.

48917331426_9bd3cd0fb1_c.jpgbarong by James Helm, on Flickr

An elvish forester's blade.

48917331266_940ef36e26_c.jpgforester by James Helm, on Flickr

Snake chopper.

48917331141_7eddc446b8_c.jpgsnakechopper by James Helm, on Flickr

Orange and black bush sword and companion small recurve.

48917331216_b3f493d77e_c.jpgorangeset01 by James Helm, on Flickr

A tenegre bush sword.

48917578427_8bcb6ffe3b_c.jpgtenegre01 by James Helm, on Flickr

48916846528_8d7a0d126f_c.jpgtenegre02 by James Helm, on Flickr

A prototype for an upcoming project.  Obviously not a cord-wrapped handle on this one, but TeroTuf slab handles with stainless steel flared tube rivets.

48917578677_700cc6e414_c.jpged01 by James Helm, on Flickr

48917372861_f4e47f234c_c.jpged02 by James Helm, on Flickr

48916846743_b1e0b0e43d_c.jpged03 by James Helm, on Flickr

Taco Ninja for scale.

48917578467_0807054360_c.jpged04 by James Helm, on Flickr

Another carcass splitter.

48916861408_b8bd93f6ef_c.jpgcarcasssplitter01 by James Helm, on Flickr

A tiny tanto.

48917592942_1d14b19e0b_c.jpgtanto01 by James Helm, on Flickr

Sasquatch for scale.

48917593257_148e66fdea_c.jpgcarcasssplitter04 by James Helm, on Flickr

A lamb splitter with TeroTuf scales.

48917387461_3919de709a_c.jpglambsplitter01 by James Helm, on Flickr

48917593127_f7a3345195_c.jpglambsplitter02 by James Helm, on Flickr

48916861003_e1a8184b2c_c.jpglambsplitter03 by James Helm, on Flickr

Sasquatch for scale.

48917387246_9a9ddfcc9d_c.jpglambsplitter04 by James Helm, on Flickr

A small-ish camp chopper.

48917419831_abea41edce_c.jpgcampchopper01 by James Helm, on Flickr

48916893663_8798ae83b9_c.jpgcampchopper02 by James Helm, on Flickr

A small-ish ginunting.

48916893438_95ef5af9e5_c.jpgginunting01 by James Helm, on Flickr

48917625127_c411cc2c3f_c.jpgginunting02 by James Helm, on Flickr

Another small-ish camp chopper.

48917419671_a68ef02de2_c.jpgcampchopper03 by James Helm, on Flickr

48917625247_eb9f24780e_c.jpgcampchopper04 by James Helm, on Flickr

And finally, a decent-sized bush sword that went to a good repeat customer.  I could picture Professor Smolder Bravestone picking this up in the bazaar while outfitting for an expedition in Jumanji.   :mrgreen:

48917419996_239235da87_c.jpgbushsword01 by James Helm, on Flickr

48917625442_338a83e2d1_c.jpgbushsword02 by James Helm, on Flickr

And now I feel tired.   :D :D :D This is a good bit (not all) of half a year's forged blades (not mid-tech).  And, of course, I have any number of projects currently underway.

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Hi there my friend.

first ....who would blame You for the amount of pictures? The more the better! for us looking at your skilled work is entertainment and we are not overfloated with that, arent we?

To make a living with making knives(or another craft) needs a lot of discipline....I say, more than if You work for somebody from 8am-4am....it more easy to get distracted by some " knife playing in the backyard" ....of course said from my point of view.

as ever you show a nice asian influenced row of wild useful tools 

all looking undestructable and pretty meanB)

And....he year isnt all over yet....keep them coming!

Cheers

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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.

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James,

You've come a long way from the time I met you and your dad down in grapevine, Texas, however many years ago! You’re doing good, boy! 

Bill D. 

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