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James Helm

Biggest carcass splitter so far

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I just mailed off an interesting project: The biggest carcass splitter I've built to date.  It was the widest and heaviest blade I've made (though not the longest), and I really want to make more.  Probably will have one on my table at the Blade Show in June.
 
 
The blade is 18" long by 3 1/2" wide, with an overall length of 40 1/2".
 
Its size made it difficult to take a picture that really showed the size and proportions correctly, but I got a few, and shot a video comparing it with an antique carcass splitter I was given by a customer. 
 
Here's the starting blank, cut from 1/4" x 3" 5160.
 
 
After forging out, the blade was about 4" at its widest, though after trimming the end to be aesthetically pleasing, it was 3 1/2".
 
 
Comparison with the antique carcass splitter.
 
 
Ready to heat treat.  To give an idea of size, my anvil is 148 lbs, and the face is about 4" x 15".
 
 
It was so large, I couldn't fit the whole thing into my kiln that I use to draw temper.  I ended up holding the kiln lid open with firebricks, then filling in the gap with various bits of broken fire brick.  If you look closely, the end of the tang is poking out between two bricks just under the little angled tab on the lid.
 
 
Ready for mischief!
 
 
There is a better look at both carcass splitters, more details, more construction pics, wildly irresponsible swinging about of an 18" long razor-like blade, and general silliness in this video.
 
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Great project. That last pic looks like the promo shot for a horror film.

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Thanks, guys!

 

Wesley - Not too hard, but it did take as much epoxy as four normal bush sword handles.  :D

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"carcass splitter" sounds like a pretty gruesome tool. But, thats because it is! 

I like your post apocalyptic style James!  

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Love it James and I do agree with Joshua about that last pic.

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Im going to have to make one of these for processing my game. Its probably way over kill for chopping up deer but it will look cool as hell hanging there.

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15 hours ago, Jeremy Blohm said:

Im going to have to make one of these for processing my game. Its probably way over kill for chopping up deer but it will look cool as hell hanging there.

Overkill is barely enough.  :D

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19 hours ago, Jeremy Blohm said:

Im going to have to make one of these for processing my game. Its probably way over kill for chopping up deer but it will look cool as hell hanging there.

Forget about using for processing, if you were really serious, you'd use it for the kill.:ph34r:

Let's see, there's Bow hunting, Muzzleloader, rifle, shotgun, and now.....axe hunting.

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I wasn't joking. Well, maybe a little. I think in PA they actually have instituted a spear only hunt

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One of my navy shipmates from the deep south used to tell stories about using a couple good black mouth cur dogs and a 12 to 16 inch pig sticker /dagger for the kill ....

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My Great Grandfather once used his "heavy clasp knife" to kill a deer. There were witnesses, and a bit of story to it.

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56 minutes ago, Joshua States said:

Forget about using for processing, if you were really serious, you'd use it for the kill.:ph34r:

Let's see, there's Bow hunting, Muzzleloader, rifle, shotgun, and now.....axe hunting.

 

53 minutes ago, Jonathan Silas said:

You joke Joshua, but when I was stationed down in Texas they had boar hunts with spears and dogs.....

I killed a woodchuck on the run with a swift throw from my tomahawk!;)

I have been wanting to hunt with a spear but it's not legal in michigan.:(

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