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Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by Storm Crow, Apr 18, 2019.

  1. Storm Crow

    Storm Crow KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 12, 2006
    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.

    [​IMG]kq01 by James Helm, on Flickr

    A similarly-sized (6"~ blade) knife as the above utility, with hemp.

    [​IMG]db01 by James Helm, on Flickr

    Variations on Benghazi Warfighters, two with sharpened upper edges.

    [​IMG]knife01 by James Helm, on Flickr

    [​IMG]knife03 by James Helm, on Flickr

    [​IMG]knife04 by James Helm, on Flickr

    [​IMG]knife02 by James Helm, on Flickr

    [​IMG]knife05 by James Helm, on Flickr

    A Benghazi Warfighter with black oxide finish, headed to an Army Ranger. He had commissioned a bigger chopper/fighter from me a few years ago, a variation of my Aggression design (I need to make some more of those). We decided this was a "micro-Aggression" and the sheath is a "safe space" from it. :D He can't tell me yet where he's deploying, but this is going with him.

    [​IMG]bw01 by James Helm, on Flickr

    [​IMG]bw02 by James Helm, on Flickr

    A couple of donation blades, the first for Knife Rights in their continued fight to remove restrictions on the ability of law-abiding citizens to carry arms in the United States. This year, a falcata-ish bush sword with retina-searing neon orange underlay.

    [​IMG]donation02 by James Helm, on Flickr

    I don't realize how big my hands look until I take a picture of me holding a blade.

    [​IMG]donation05 by James Helm, on Flickr

    And a much smaller donation knife for my old high school, raising funds for teacher projects that run outside the school budget.

    [​IMG]donation04 by James Helm, on Flickr

    One of the most useful comments I've had on my work came years ago when a knife dealer told me my blades were good but my sheaths sucked. I have worked to make that better, and think I have achieved a decent level of workmanlike sheaths.

    [​IMG]donation01 by James Helm, on Flickr

    [​IMG]donation03 by James Helm, on Flickr

    And finally, the first oxtail dao I've done in a long time. The customer had as reference a picture of one I built many years ago.

    [​IMG]dao by James Helm, on Flickr

    Here's what I came up with for him. He was quite taken with the results.

    [​IMG]oxtail01 by James Helm, on Flickr

    I'd say I've improved through the years. The top edge is fully sharpened on the new one.

    [​IMG]oxtail03 by James Helm, on Flickr

    The design called for an open-backed sheath.

    [​IMG]oxtail02 by James Helm, on Flickr

    Ok, headed to the shop to work on some carcass splitters. :)
     
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  2. Daniel Fairly Knives

    Daniel Fairly Knives Full Time Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 9, 2011
    Every single knife looks outstanding! I like your style...
     
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  3. The Shatz

    The Shatz Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2017
    Love your work James
     
  4. john april

    john april KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 27, 2006
    they all look great !
     
  5. Sled

    Sled Gold Member Gold Member

    879
    Apr 22, 2008
    All great stuff. Really liking the " Knife Rights" donation blade and the Oxtail Dao. The wraps and sheaths are exemplary in my opinion.

    Love the sheath on mine!
     
  6. rpn

    rpn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Great stuff...especially the falcata and smaller knife. :thumbsup:
     
  7. Mike157

    Mike157 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 29, 2006
    Very nice spread, James. All looking good! Mike
     
  8. Camber

    Camber

    Jul 13, 2011
    Always a pleasure to see your work.
     
  9. Critter

    Critter Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    Thanks so much to James for his continued generous support. His blades always generate a great deal of interest online and at the booth. You can help support Knife Rights' efforts to forge a Sharper Futureā„¢ for all Americans and get a chance to win this sword and from over $150,000 in prizes at: www.UltimateSteel.org With a record of 30 bills enacted in 21 states in 9 years, you can have confidence your donations are getting it done for Americna's knife owners and makers.

    If you are a maker, we are still accepting donations and would welcome your support.
     
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  10. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    some day, I have a feeling some of your work will end up here:thumbsup::cool:
     
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  11. Storm Crow

    Storm Crow KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 12, 2006
    Thanks, guys!

    Been a busy year, and working on being busier forging out blades.

    Lorien - You going to Blade Show or Blade Show West this year?
     
  12. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    I'm gonna try and tear Stuart away from his forge and head to Blade West this fall. Gunning for Hotlanta next year...
     

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