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  1. Stormcrow

    Can i use 80crv2 for a hunting knife

    Hey, guys, the New Jersey Steel Baron website now has their recommended HT schedule for all the alloys they sell. It's the one that I was forwarding to folks who e-mailed me. The one for 80CrV2 can be found here...
  2. Stormcrow

    Klingon fighting stick redo

    Had a pretty decent show. I didn't sell out like last year, but that was my only sold out show and I don't expect to do that.
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    Klingon fighting stick redo

    I like both renditions. The original looks more Klingon-ish to me. What did you not like about it? The addition of the ring nut on the second go is a nice touch. :)
  4. Stormcrow

    Most of half a year's worth of forged blades

    The baby face didn't tip you off? Was it offset by the white hairs in the beard? :D The spare tire clutch on Gunnhilda gives good control for a mechanical hammer. And she doesn't have excessively high beats per minute, while hitting fairly hard due to the mass of the ram, so you have time to...
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    Most of half a year's worth of forged blades

    20 years ago I was a senior in high school. :D I'd guess around 2010. If I can ever scrape the cash together, I'll upgrade to some form of air hammer, but at the moment any extra cash is going into the mid-tech line.
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    Most of half a year's worth of forged blades

    A picture I took recently. gunnhilda by James Helm, on Flickr
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    Most of half a year's worth of forged blades

    Raymond - Oh yes, Gunnhilda. She's built from junk, she breaks down at the most inopportune moments, but she has made a lot of blades through the years. I still use her every time I forge a blade. My cousin did most of the work to build her with my guidance on design (although he had...
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    Most of half a year's worth of forged blades

    Thanks, Raymond! A power hammer sure helps on the energy side of things. :D
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    Throwing more "tech" at the mid-tech tomahawks

    The first sheath off of the new tooling ready to ship out to a very patient customer. 15" Wrecker, sharpened inner beard, Boltaron sheath, quick-detach shoulder sling. bob01 by James Helm, on Flickr bob02 by James Helm, on Flickr bob03 by James Helm, on Flickr
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    Most of half a year's worth of forged blades

    Thank y'all! Chris - Webbing and related hardware come from strapworks.com.
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    Most of half a year's worth of forged blades

    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. ed01 by James Helm, on Flickr ed02 by James Helm, on Flickr ed03 by James Helm, on Flickr Taco Ninja for scale. ed04 by James Helm, on...
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    Most of half a year's worth of forged blades

    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...
  13. Stormcrow

    Most of half a year's worth of forged blades

    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. ed01 by James Helm, on Flickr ed02 by James Helm, on Flickr ed03 by James Helm, on Flickr Taco Ninja for scale. ed04 by James Helm, on...
  14. Stormcrow

    Most of half a year's worth of forged blades

    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...
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    Throwing more "tech" at the mid-tech tomahawks

    Well, the vacuum forming was not giving the level of retention needed to hold a tomahawk securely in a bottom-eject sheath, so we cut a new mold to be used under my hydraulic forging press. The material is 3/4" HDPE. sheath01 by James Helm, on Flickr The design allows for molding both sides...
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    Throwing more "tech" at the mid-tech tomahawks

    One of my 12" Woodsman 'hawks. 1/4" 80CrV2 steel, Cerakote, and new tan TeroTuf handle slabs. hawk04 by James Helm, on Flickr hawk05 by James Helm, on Flickr And customer photos clearing around some trail cameras. He tells me he'll be clearing a shooting lane through oak and cedar with it...
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    Throwing more "tech" at the mid-tech tomahawks

    I've been making full-tang tactical tomahawks since 2013, with the prototype process beginning with nylon-handled punched-eye 'hawks extending several years before that. The 'hawks were my first foray into making mid-techs, which I define as using modern manufacturing processes to build small...
  18. Stormcrow

    Material suggestions for a hatchet

    Full tang I presume? 5160, 4140, or if you can heat treat with a digital furnace, 80CrV2. Properly heat treated and proper geometry in any of those alloys will make a darn good axe/tomahawk/hatchet.
  19. Stormcrow

    Forge-finished finery, bush swords, etc.

    Austin - The New Jersey Steel Baron.
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