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Bevy of bush swords

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by Storm Crow, May 15, 2018.

  1. Storm Crow

    Storm Crow

    Apr 12, 2006
    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.

    [​IMG]bushsword05 by James Helm, on Flickr

    [​IMG]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.

    [​IMG]bushsword03 by James Helm, on Flickr

    [​IMG]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!

    [​IMG]bushsword01 by James Helm, on Flickr

    [​IMG]bushsword02 by James Helm, on Flickr
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  2. Camber

    Camber Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Good looking work James. Especially like the second one.
  3. d762nato

    d762nato Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    Those are awesome, I'm really liking that first one. They look like they would do well in that new knife show with all the chopping and hacking up of things.
  4. john april

    john april KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 27, 2006
    i need one of those for yardwork and fighting off the bears :D
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  5. AVigil

    AVigil knifemaker working the grind Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    Blood makes them even cooler
  6. sam adams

    sam adams

    Sep 9, 2002
    What, no pics of your thumb? Come on man!

    Funny though, I went 36 years myself without getting any stitches (which is really hard to believe) and wound up a couple years ago getting seven in my 'pointer' finger, just putting a guardless chopper away and catching the point on something. The knife stopped, and my hand kept on going forward!

    Anyhow, awesome blades as usual.
  7. naturalist


    Nov 2, 2009
    The third one is my cup a coffee. Those blades are awesome.
  8. Storm Crow

    Storm Crow

    Apr 12, 2006
    Thanks, guys!

    Sam - I posted pics of the thumb on Instagram, with my smiling face first so folks could avoid seeing the carnage if they didn't swipe. It still has a ways to go, but is healed up enough that I worked without a bandage for the first time today. And then sliced my other thumb on a sharp little jag just enough to be aggravating and sting from the vinegar I was cleaning off the blades. :D
  9. sam adams

    sam adams

    Sep 9, 2002
    Ouch! I had to look it up on your ig, that was good one. And, nothing more fun than washing out vinegar, ferric, or wd-40 out of a deep cut.

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