Bevy of bush swords


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Some bush swords recently finished up and off to their new owners.

All are 80CrV2 steel with marine epoxy-impregnated cord wraps and Boltaron sheaths.

About a 13 1/2" blade, based on a wooden Filipino training sword the customer already had. Black on black wrap.

bushsword05 by James Helm, on Flickr

bushsword06 by James Helm, on Flickr

This one is about a 16" blade. It was made for an old schoolmate of mine, one grade ahead but who was in several classes with me in high school. Olive drab on OD wrap, tan Boltaron.

I had made it almost 36 years without any stitches. As I was re-sheathing it from taking these pics, the sheath slipped and I cut the ever-lovin' crap out of the thumb on my dominant hand, earning 10 stitches. I tweaked the sheath to be a smidge looser before mailing it to him. :) Sure has made it challenging to get ready for the Blade Show.

bushsword03 by James Helm, on Flickr

bushsword04 by James Helm, on Flickr

And finally, a two-hander with an 18" blade and a hemp cord wrap. Wasn't sure about it, but by the time I finished up, I really liked it. Fast and powerful!

bushsword01 by James Helm, on Flickr

bushsword02 by James Helm, on Flickr