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New season starts this week.

And on the 18th:

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James Helm - Helm Enterprises, Forging Division

 

Come see me at the Blade Show! Table 26R.

 

Proud to be a Neo-Tribal Metalsmith scavenging the wreckage of civilization.

 

My blog dedicated to the metalwork I make and sell: http://helmforge.blogspot.com/

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Don - Whoever he is, he needed a haircut before he went on international TV.  :D

Thanks, guys!

They're now showing commercials for my episode (next Tuesday, 8:00 CST), and it's interesting to see myself on the TV screen.  The cuts are edited so quickly, that by the time I realize I'm looking at myself, I'm already off the screen.  :D

It should be an entertaining episode.

James Helm - Helm Enterprises, Forging Division

 

Come see me at the Blade Show! Table 26R.

 

Proud to be a Neo-Tribal Metalsmith scavenging the wreckage of civilization.

 

My blog dedicated to the metalwork I make and sell: http://helmforge.blogspot.com/

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Tomorrow night!  (Tuesday, April 18, 8:00 CST)

Here's the episode description:

"For the first time ever, the competitors are challenged with creating not one, but two blades in the first round. With double the pressure and double the work, the bladesmiths are pushed to their limits, which leads to another first–a hospital trip. After a grueling second round, the two remaining smiths have just five days to create an iconic 15th century combat sword–the Katzbalger. Which bladesmith has what it takes to burn through the obstacles in their way and become the next Forged in Fire champion?"

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James Helm - Helm Enterprises, Forging Division

 

Come see me at the Blade Show! Table 26R.

 

Proud to be a Neo-Tribal Metalsmith scavenging the wreckage of civilization.

 

My blog dedicated to the metalwork I make and sell: http://helmforge.blogspot.com/

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James Helm - Helm Enterprises, Forging Division

 

Come see me at the Blade Show! Table 26R.

 

Proud to be a Neo-Tribal Metalsmith scavenging the wreckage of civilization.

 

My blog dedicated to the metalwork I make and sell: http://helmforge.blogspot.com/

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I'm surprised this forum hasn't started a betting topic on who'll win these by now

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Trying to make each knife just a little better than the last

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Caleb- Knifemakers have a love/hate relationship with this show.  I agree to an extent with both sides.  :D  Overall it's a positive thing for our craft, I think, otherwise I wouldn't have competed on the show.

James Helm - Helm Enterprises, Forging Division

 

Come see me at the Blade Show! Table 26R.

 

Proud to be a Neo-Tribal Metalsmith scavenging the wreckage of civilization.

 

My blog dedicated to the metalwork I make and sell: http://helmforge.blogspot.com/

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I've seen :D. It's got it's problems but I have absolutely no problem with more attention in the bladesmithing sector. I think it was Liam Hoffman that had a pretty big jumpstart after winning his episode. 

When do we find out who won?

Trying to make each knife just a little better than the last

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Watch the episode tonight and you'll see who won!  :D

 

A show that was perfect for knifemakers would not necessarily be as perfect for the average viewer.  Within that limitation and the even bigger limitation of their 43 minute run time, they do a pretty good job.  It at least gives a taste of bladesmithing to the general public, and we knifemakers can sit there and appreciate the ingenuity and nitpick over the mistakes each contestant shows.

James Helm - Helm Enterprises, Forging Division

 

Come see me at the Blade Show! Table 26R.

 

Proud to be a Neo-Tribal Metalsmith scavenging the wreckage of civilization.

 

My blog dedicated to the metalwork I make and sell: http://helmforge.blogspot.com/

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I have to admit that I like the show. I agree with the flaws and concerns pointed out but FiF was the catalyst that finally got me started down this road and for that I am grateful.

"The way we win matters" (Ender Wiggins) Orson Scott Card

 

Nos qui libertate donati nescimus quid constat

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***SPOILER ALERT***

 

 

 

 

I enjoy the show, especially with me being a beginner and all. That said, this was an interesting episode, and congratulations James. Any word on how the gentleman who fell ill fared?

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Thanks!
 
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#snackbreak  :D
 
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Jesse is ok.  It wasn't just heat exhaustion that knocked him down, it was also a heart condition he didn't know he had and a lack of sleep.  It's a good thing he stopped and sat down when he did!
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James Helm - Helm Enterprises, Forging Division

 

Come see me at the Blade Show! Table 26R.

 

Proud to be a Neo-Tribal Metalsmith scavenging the wreckage of civilization.

 

My blog dedicated to the metalwork I make and sell: http://helmforge.blogspot.com/

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I missed the first few minutes, so missed hearing the full names, but I kept thinking that guy looks a lot like someone I know...:)

Congratulations!

George Ezell, bladesmith

" How much useful knowledge is lost by the scattered forms in which it is ushered to the world! How many solitary students spend half their lives in making discoveries which had been perfected a century before their time, for want of a condensed exhibition of what is known."
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Congrats on the W stormcrow! Not to be a negative nancy but am i the only one that sighs when they see the bullet test? I saw a butter knife do the same thing if it wasnt a phony video =\

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Congrats James.  I have a question, if it doesn't reveal things you're not supposed to tell us.  Were you told not to make a two piece construction?  I didn't hear them say that the handle had to be integral, and it's seems to me that a two piece construction would have been way simpler.

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Geoff

 

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"The worst day smithing is better than the best day working for someone else."

 

I said that.

 

If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.

- - -G. K. Chesterton

 

So, just for the record: the fact that it does work still should not be taken as definitive proof that you are not crazy.

 

Grant Sarver

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Thanks, guys!

This is seriously the best part of the episode.  I laugh to the point of tears every time.  I had forgotten I did this until I saw it on international television. :D

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What got left out was after I took a bite of watermelon and said this, I followed up with, "...and sharpening oil."

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Geoff - It may just be because it's 1:00 a.m., but I'm not following what you mean.  Could you explain?  Are you talking about the push knife challenge or the katzbalger?

James Helm - Helm Enterprises, Forging Division

 

Come see me at the Blade Show! Table 26R.

 

Proud to be a Neo-Tribal Metalsmith scavenging the wreckage of civilization.

 

My blog dedicated to the metalwork I make and sell: http://helmforge.blogspot.com/

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The push knife.  You could have (and I'm not saying that the way you did it was bad, it worked just fine) made a blade with a stubby tang, cut a slot, like in a guard, through the handle, fitted it and pinned it through, you probably cold have hot punched it, but drill and file would have worked, a mill would make short work of it.

 

Geoff

"The worst day smithing is better than the best day working for someone else."

 

I said that.

 

If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.

- - -G. K. Chesterton

 

So, just for the record: the fact that it does work still should not be taken as definitive proof that you are not crazy.

 

Grant Sarver

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Geoff - Gotcha.  Part of the design parameters we were given was that the tang had to be a full tang and we had to use scale handles.

 

Jason - Catch up on bills and shop upgrades so I can make more knives.  Looking at a second, purely stock removal line for higher production while keeping the forging creative.

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James Helm - Helm Enterprises, Forging Division

 

Come see me at the Blade Show! Table 26R.

 

Proud to be a Neo-Tribal Metalsmith scavenging the wreckage of civilization.

 

My blog dedicated to the metalwork I make and sell: http://helmforge.blogspot.com/

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