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Most of a half year's worth of forged work


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It's been a busy year, and difficult to keep up with everything.  Here's some of what I've been building.  It's all 80CrV2 steel with various cord wraps impregnated with marine epoxy and sheathed in Boltaron.  I like to focus on getting geometry, balance, and ergonomics right without playing around too much with materials.   :D

 

Apologies beforehand for the massive wall of pictures.

 

Mini-parang.

 

48917463917_b2ed664bb0_c.jpgminiparang01 by James Helm, on Flickr

 

Barong.

 

48917465037_331e2026aa_c.jpgbarong01 by James Helm, on Flickr

48917464842_7a7eab8d78_c.jpgbarong02 by James Helm, on Flickr

 

Ko-katana.

 

48916733188_eceafac374_c.jpgkokatana01 by James Helm, on Flickr

48917464577_0d938d87cf_c.jpgkokatana03 by James Helm, on Flickr

48916732743_35a99048b5_c.jpgkokatana04 by James Helm, on Flickr

 

Wakizashi.

 

48917463402_79e83124ef_c.jpgwaki03 by James Helm, on Flickr

48917256456_e28a154f58_c.jpgwaki04 by James Helm, on Flickr

 

Sasquatch for scale.

 

48916732093_a4d65810f9_c.jpgpose03 by James Helm, on Flickr

 

Carcass splitters, two big, two small.

 

48917315601_be1dd0be60_c.jpgcarcasssplitter01 by James Helm, on Flickr

48917315366_62b062318b_c.jpgcarcasssplitter05 by James Helm, on Flickr

48916790118_1747a7d4c0_c.jpgcarcasssplitter06 by James Helm, on Flickr

 

Sasquatch for scale.

 

48917315436_4db65aa9a9_c.jpgcarcasssplitter03 by James Helm, on Flickr

 

Another barong.

 

48917331426_9bd3cd0fb1_c.jpgbarong by James Helm, on Flickr

 

An elvish forester's blade.

 

48917331266_940ef36e26_c.jpgforester by James Helm, on Flickr

 

Snake chopper.

 

48917331141_7eddc446b8_c.jpgsnakechopper by James Helm, on Flickr

 

Orange and black bush sword and companion small recurve.

 

48917331216_b3f493d77e_c.jpgorangeset01 by James Helm, on Flickr

 

A tenegre bush sword.

 

48917578427_8bcb6ffe3b_c.jpgtenegre01 by James Helm, on Flickr

 

48916846528_8d7a0d126f_c.jpgtenegre02 by James Helm, on Flickr

 

A prototype for an upcoming project.  Obviously not a cord-wrapped handle on this one, but TeroTuf slab handles with stainless steel flared tube rivets.

 

48917578677_700cc6e414_c.jpged01 by James Helm, on Flickr

 

48917372861_f4e47f234c_c.jpged02 by James Helm, on Flickr

 

48916846743_b1e0b0e43d_c.jpged03 by James Helm, on Flickr

 

Taco Ninja for scale.

 

48917578467_0807054360_c.jpged04 by James Helm, on Flickr

 

Another carcass splitter.

 

48916861408_b8bd93f6ef_c.jpgcarcasssplitter01 by James Helm, on Flickr

 

A tiny tanto.

 

48917592942_1d14b19e0b_c.jpgtanto01 by James Helm, on Flickr

 

Sasquatch for scale.

 

48917593257_148e66fdea_c.jpgcarcasssplitter04 by James Helm, on Flickr

 

A lamb splitter with TeroTuf scales.

 

48917387461_3919de709a_c.jpglambsplitter01 by James Helm, on Flickr

 

48917593127_f7a3345195_c.jpglambsplitter02 by James Helm, on Flickr

 

48916861003_e1a8184b2c_c.jpglambsplitter03 by James Helm, on Flickr

 

Sasquatch for scale.

 

48917387246_9a9ddfcc9d_c.jpglambsplitter04 by James Helm, on Flickr

 

A small-ish camp chopper.

 

48917419831_abea41edce_c.jpgcampchopper01 by James Helm, on Flickr

 

48916893663_8798ae83b9_c.jpgcampchopper02 by James Helm, on Flickr

 

A small-ish ginunting.

 

48916893438_95ef5af9e5_c.jpgginunting01 by James Helm, on Flickr

 

48917625127_c411cc2c3f_c.jpgginunting02 by James Helm, on Flickr

 

Another small-ish camp chopper.

 

48917419671_a68ef02de2_c.jpgcampchopper03 by James Helm, on Flickr

 

48917625247_eb9f24780e_c.jpgcampchopper04 by James Helm, on Flickr

 

And finally, a decent-sized bush sword that went to a good repeat customer.  I could picture Professor Smolder Bravestone picking this up in the bazaar while outfitting for an expedition in Jumanji.   :mrgreen:

 

48917419996_239235da87_c.jpgbushsword01 by James Helm, on Flickr

 

48917625442_338a83e2d1_c.jpgbushsword02 by James Helm, on Flickr

 

And now I feel tired.   :D  :D  :D   This is a good bit (not all) of half a year's forged blades (not mid-tech).  And, of course, I have any number of projects currently underway.

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You've certainly made that style your own!  And come a long way as well.

 

Seems like yesterday that I  got on the net, found a site called keenjunk.com, and encountered some high school kid from Texas going by "Stormcrow" asking the same questions I was.  But that was 1996! :lol:

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Thanks, guys!

 

Gerhard - A ginunting is a Filipino design.  This is my take on it, a bit shorter than I usually do.

 

Alan - I think you were a bit more advanced than I was at that point, and still are.  :D  Back in the early days, I would use the dialup modem on the family computer to connect long distance and race to learn as much about blacksmithing as I could in an hour so I wouldn't rack up too big a phone bill.  Truly, they were primitive times.

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Thank y'all!

 

Fox Creek - Tai is one of the biggest influences on my work.  I had five hours worth of lessons with him in the summer of 2007.

 

Alan - I didn't realize that.  :D

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You definitely have a recognizable style, James. And you obviously have that style nailed down! I really like the big choppers. That would be super handy for butchering.

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Ha, I also remember you (and Alan too of course) from Keenjunk! I only posted occasionally, as mstu, but I read it almost every day. I've enjoyed watching your style develop. I hope to make it to more shows and with any luck one day I'll manage to see you and your work in person.

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