Big blades at the Gathering


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On the trek between San Antonio and Las Vegas, I stopped at a rest area in central Arizona to get some photos of the forged blades I took to the Gathering. And now I'm finally posting the pics. :)

This cleaver was a commission to be picked up at the show, but it came back with me to get some Kydex pants. Blade is approximately 14 1/2" long, forged from 80CrV2, integral socket handle, retina-searing neon lime paracord wrap.

Next up a couple of long-handled cleavers in 5160 and more retina-searing citrus paracord. Both the blades and handles are around 10" long.

A big bush sword with an 18 1/4" blade, fully sharpened top edge, in 5160 and tan paracord.

And a shot of it in hand.

And finally, a couple that I felt was an interesting project, a long-handled wakizashi/short-bladed katana and tanto daisho, forged from 5160 with retina-searing neon orange paracord underlays. The waki's blade is about 18" and the handle is about 12", while the tanto's blade is about 9".

The wakizashi straightened a fair amount in the quench, something I expected and compensated for with extra curvature beforehand. I documented it this time. At the point where the blade reaches the edge of the anvil face, it has dropped about 1/4".

And I had a stack of 15" Woodsman and Wrecker tomahawks. I so appreciate my wife's help at the show!



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Thanks, Brandon!

Some more fun pics from the show:

About fifteen minutes before the end of the show, Pat Pruitt was talking with us while examining a Woodsman 'hawk and all of a sudden we noticed blood.

Fortunately, my wife is a nurse, and with the help of a first aid kit that the Broadwells had prudently brought along, managed to get him patched up.

DJ Urbanovsky of American Kami with his awesome S6 sword made from S7 steel:

Ben Tendick of BRT Bladeworks with my waki/tanto daisho:

Me with one of Kiku Matsuda's big blades (loved the handle on this thing):

David Brown of Buy Brown Industries with my 18 1/4" bladed bush sword and a 15" Wrecker 'hawk:

David has huge hands. I wear a size 14 1/2 ring. This is one of his skull rings rattling around my wedding band: