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James Helm

Rooster Spur bodyguard knife

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A guy who does bodyguard work for rock stars approached me about doing a short, cord wrapped knife for him.  It seemed like an interesting project, so I took it.  He wanted a 4" blade (about as short as I ever make) and 4" handle (shorter than I usually do), sharpened top edge, cord wrapped handle, but left the rest of it up to me.  I took a few tips I've picked up from Ed Calderon and a bit of Spanish navaja influence, some pikal design, and came up with the Rooster Spur.

26843415508_68ab58b0c4_z.jpgroosterspur04 by James Helm, on Flickr

It's forged from 80CrV2 steel, with a hemp cord wrap over the bare steel of the tang.

25843291747_a88cc1fb48_z.jpgroosterspur03 by James Helm, on Flickr

It has a narrow little point for easy penetration.  A two-strand Turk's head provides a mechanical lock for the hand to keep it in place when stabbing.

25843289447_cce88657d5_z.jpgroosterspur05 by James Helm, on Flickr

As mentioned above, it was designed with pikal techniques in mind, and the handle works well with a thumb anchor grip.

25843288197_55726d5b0c_z.jpgroosterspur06 by James Helm, on Flickr

25843288267_1099f2f562_z.jpgroosterspur07 by James Helm, on Flickr

And, of course, a Kydex sheath for carry.

26903055498_9cda1cd8c6_c.jpgroosterspur10 by James Helm, on Flickr

It's garnered enough attention that I'm strongly considering a mid-tech version once I have the process all sorted out.  :)

 

The customer described it as "a tank with a razor edge".  :D

40004607014_1d672b64b8_z.jpgroosterspur09 by James Helm, on Flickr

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Man, that is a brain poker if there ever was one.  

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Another satisfied customer!

Good work James.

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Thanks, guys!  :)

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