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I wanted to show off a chopper I made recently.  It's not quite to bladesports specs but it's close, the cutting edge is 10.25" and w1 tool steel that formed a neat auto-hamon.  The pattern-welded bars are my standard 1084 and 203e mix, and the bolsters are from the same billet.  The handle is stabilized walnut.  It has a reversed distal taper and handles like an ax....

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George Ezell, bladesmith

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Nice!  You could just grind a 1/4+ off and there you go

 

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Thanks guys, it has a good home, I need to ask the new owner if he's using it.

I think if I were to go with strict bladesports specs I would need to shorten the transition between handle and blade considerably, I like a nice 's' curve there for comfort and safety but it does take up a lot of space... The customer wasn't concerned about it so I wasn't really either.

George Ezell, bladesmith

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Very nicely done. The pattern weld portion has a nice proportion in the overall look.

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Nice work G. Forward and rear lanyard holes... was that requested or your idea?

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Dude!  Love what you did with the bolsters!  And with the reverse taper I bet it chops well indeed.  And as far as I know you remain the only person to have made a composite twist filet knife, so this just adds to the flames in your beard. B)  Sneaking that dark ages pattern welding into modern stuff is subversively cool.

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The forward and rear laynard holes were my idea after doing some reading and a little testing.  A rear laynard can allow the blade to strike the arm or body if it gets out of control, so I wanted to have more options.

Thanks Alan, those bolsters complicated things but I think they were worth the extra trouble.  

George Ezell, bladesmith

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6 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

Sneaking that dark ages pattern welding into modern stuff is subversively cool.

Yeah buddy! 

George that's a fantastic piece of work. Glad to see you back.

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