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Rooster Spur bodyguard knife
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A guy who does bodyguard work for rock stars approached me about doing a short, cord wrapped knife for him.  It seemed like an interesting project, so I took it.  He wanted a 4" blade (about as short as I ever make) and 4" handle (shorter than I usually do), sharpened top edge, cord wrapped handle, but left the rest of it up to me.  I took a few tips I've picked up from Ed Calderon and a bit of Spanish navaja influence, some pikal design, and came up with the Rooster Spur.

[Image: 26843415508_68ab58b0c4_z.jpg]roosterspur04 by James Helm, on Flickr

It's forged from 80CrV2 steel, with a hemp cord wrap over the bare steel of the tang.

[Image: 25843291747_a88cc1fb48_z.jpg]roosterspur03 by James Helm, on Flickr

It has a narrow little point for easy penetration.  A two-strand Turk's head provides a mechanical lock for the hand to keep it in place when stabbing.

[Image: 25843289447_cce88657d5_z.jpg]roosterspur05 by James Helm, on Flickr

As mentioned above, it was designed with pikal techniques in mind, and the handle works well with a thumb anchor grip.

[Image: 25843288197_55726d5b0c_z.jpg]roosterspur06 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 25843288267_1099f2f562_z.jpg]roosterspur07 by James Helm, on Flickr

And, of course, a Kydex sheath for carry.

[Image: 26903055498_9cda1cd8c6_c.jpg]roosterspur10 by James Helm, on Flickr

It's garnered enough attention that I'm strongly considering a mid-tech version once I have the process all sorted out.  Smile
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Quote:It's garnered enough attention that I'm strongly considering a mid-tech version once I have the process all sorted out.  [Image: smile.png]


Bingo!  I think it's a unique design, but a lot more practical than some others.

Good luck on your design, it should sell well!

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Thanks!

The customer described it as "a tank with a razor edge". Big Grin

[Image: 40004607014_1d672b64b8_z.jpg]roosterspur09 by James Helm, on Flickr
James Helm - Proud to be a Neo-Tribal Metalsmith scavenging the wreckage of civilization!



Helm Enterprises, Forging Division - http://www.helmforge.com



Helm Enterprises, Grinding Division - http://www.helmgrind.com



A collaboration with Wasteland Leatherwork: wastelandcrow.blogspot.com
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