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Bevy of bush swords
#1
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.

[Image: 42021447411_6688fb750c_c.jpg]bushsword05 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 41120994075_5589837f64_c.jpg]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.  Smile  Sure has made it challenging to get ready for the Blade Show.

[Image: 41976820202_af1b08e992_c.jpg]bushsword03 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 40213789060_2cc1490396_c.jpg]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!

[Image: 42021449091_13059b02bb_c.jpg]bushsword01 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 41120995405_6137ed146b_c.jpg]bushsword02 by James Helm, on Flickr
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#2
Save some for the Blade show my friend
Hopefully the S won't HTF and I pray every day that it won't. It would not be fun.



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#3
These were all commissions that got delivered earlier this month. Got more big blades in the works for Blade Show. Smile
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#4
Looking forward to checking them out Cool
Hopefully the S won't HTF and I pray every day that it won't. It would not be fun.



I have a high art..I wound with cruelty, all who wound me...Archillocus; 650 B.C.
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(05-15-2018, 10:18 PM)Stormcrow Wrote: 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.  Smile  Sure has made it challenging to get ready for the Blade Show.
 Ouch!  But you did have a good record going for yourself.  May it continue another 36 years after your wound heals.
Jimbo
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#6
I sure liked the first one. I could have used it years ago when I used to prowl around in back alleys, in Brazil, Panama, Costa Rica, Liberia, Sierra Leon, Angola and a taxi cab one night Lagos Nigeria. Ah yes, the joys of a misspent youth.

I am afraid to ask, what would something like that cost.

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#7
Jimbo- I've had a few wounds that needed stitches, but this is the first one that made me drop what I was doing and actually go get them. Big Grin It's largely healed up, but still tender and doesn't yet have normal sensation.

Muleskinner - Big blades range between $400 and $600, sheaths start at $50.
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#8
Any parangs in production Huh
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#9
(05-20-2018, 05:23 AM)Deerstalker Wrote: Any parangs in production Huh

I hope to have some at the Blade Show.  The whole mid-tech line has been a loooooong, slow process.
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(05-21-2018, 05:52 PM)Stormcrow Wrote:
(05-20-2018, 05:23 AM)Deerstalker Wrote: Any parangs in production Huh

I hope to have some at the Blade Show.  


Ok..............

Shy
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