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Thread: Zombie Killer Bush Swords, with forging and cutting video(s)

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    Zombie Killer Bush Swords, with forging and cutting video(s)


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    Chris Thorn of the YouTube channel Drop Forged Survival has been doing a series of videos featuring the (fairly numerous) custom knifemakers around south Texas, including my buddy Tobin Nieto making and testing a seax with an elk leg bone handle.

    Chris also filmed me making a bush sword, as well as some cutting tests. I had a commission from a soldier for a bush sword with a sharpened top edge, so I built one for him and one for the video at the same time. After filming, the test blade got bought by a repeat customer at a discount. Winners all around.

    These bush swords are the two closest to each other that I've ever made. Both have 16 1/2" blades forged from 80CrV2 steel, fully sharpened top edges that shave hair, integral socket handles wrapped in epoxy-impregnated paracord, and Kydex sheaths.



    The soldier's rig got set up with a double-adjustable quick-detachable shoulder sling, while the test rig got a pair of MOLLE locks.



    The test blade did some water jug and coconut cutting as seen in the video below, then was put to real work chopping seasoned mesquite (which is part of the intended use of the other bush sword). The mesquite chopping will be featured in an upcoming video.





    Watching the video really drives home to me how much work goes into making a bush sword. And I'm the guy making 'em!
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    These are the threads that make me wish I was rich money wise!!!! Amazing blade as are pretty much everything you make.

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    Awesome, Storm Crow. It's cool to see how closely you forge those bush swords to their final shape.

    Cat sighting at 13:20!

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    That is pretty badass! Great work!

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    Love' m great lookin blades as always

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    Thanks, guys! The video of chopping mesquite should be up tomorrow.

    Mecha - There were several cycles of stopping to trim and grind the profile. There's more of that when I'm trying to match a particular shape than when I let the blade forge out how it wants. But once the forging is done, it's very close to final dimensions.
    James Helm - Proud to be a Neo-Tribal Metalsmith scavenging the wreckage of civilization.

    Forged blades: www.helmforge.com

    Stock removal blades: www.helmgrind.com


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    Here's the cutting video.



    That's some pretty good-sized mesquite that has been seasoning since it blew down in a big windstorm just before the Blade Show, so it was plenty hard. The ring of the blows echoed from the hills (literally) as I chopped. Since the soldier who ordered up the twin is wanting it in part to chop mesquite, it seemed like an appropriate testing medium.
    Last edited by Storm Crow; 01-11-2017 at 10:45 PM.
    James Helm - Proud to be a Neo-Tribal Metalsmith scavenging the wreckage of civilization.

    Forged blades: www.helmforge.com

    Stock removal blades: www.helmgrind.com


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    I love seeing swords cut and chop like axes and machetes then smile and ask for more.

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