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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.

46915279834_177d9720de_b.jpgkq01 by James Helm, on Flickr

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

46723768245_bdae43da75_b.jpgdb01 by James Helm, on Flickr

Variations on Benghazi Warfighters, two with sharpened upper edges.

46723771465_02f715517e_c.jpgknife01 by James Helm, on Flickr

33762020968_3be1637344_c.jpgknife03 by James Helm, on Flickr

47586677532_3b7c11847c_c.jpgknife04 by James Helm, on Flickr

40672887853_c432b95c02_c.jpgknife02 by James Helm, on Flickr

46723771265_b987a1e16d_c.jpgknife05 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.

32696939127_f95d437d01_c.jpgbw01 by James Helm, on Flickr

47586701272_0e2b0b3731_c.jpgbw02 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.

33762048258_87fc247ca1_c.jpgdonation02 by James Helm, on Flickr

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

33762048018_5a735f9926_c.jpgdonation05 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.

32696938397_4b7aa97670_c.jpgdonation04 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.

47586701142_354910ca9e_c.jpgdonation01 by James Helm, on Flickr

47586701022_7dd86e7ae9_c.jpgdonation03 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.

46723877685_b31a992bf7_c.jpgdao by James Helm, on Flickr

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

47586701002_5abcf4d61a_c.jpgoxtail01 by James Helm, on Flickr

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

47639476261_04e87d581f_c.jpgoxtail03 by James Helm, on Flickr

The design called for an open-backed sheath.

47586700862_f8e34b1d5a_c.jpgoxtail02 by James Helm, on Flickr

Ok, headed to the shop to work on some carcass splitters.  :)

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Nice work as always - I really like the oxtail, something about the design just seems right.  Your ability to get such tight and neat knots on the handle wraps is impressive.

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Thanks, Mike!


As for the wraps and knots, I have no natural skill in that direction.  Fortunately, my best quality is sheer stubbornness!  :D

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