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Lamb splitter and carcass splitter
A couple of new big blades that got shipped out earlier this month.  Two firsts on these: the cord-wrapped one is the heaviest I've made, and the slab handle on the lamb splitter is the longest slab I've ever made.

Both of them are forged from 80CrV2 steel with Boltaron sheaths.

The wrapped one has an 18" blade and weighs 5.14 pounds, the first of mine to weigh more than 5 pounds.  The handle is 22" long, scorched hemp on top of a neoprene foundation, with West System marine epoxy. 

[Image: 39970148293_462ca569dd_b.jpg]carcasssplitter10 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 31993469377_73b0d3d035_z.jpg]carcasssplitter12 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 39970147953_a51a3eeba2_z.jpg]carcasssplitter14 by James Helm, on Flickr

It was a Christmas gift from a wife to her husband, and she had me laser engrave this on the blade.

[Image: 46882312012_630664da66_z.jpg]carcasssplitter13 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 31993469277_3e79dc1489_z.jpg]carcassssplitter11 by James Helm, on Flickr

The lamb splitter is an over-sized version of what is usually a large one-handed butcher knife-looking blade.  The blade is 17 1/4", the handle is 17", and the weight is 4.125 pounds.  It has the longest slab handle I've ever made, from tan TeroTuf with flared stainless steel tube rivets.

The customer has assured me that the lamb splitter will be used for butchering.

[Image: 39970147603_01f6f028b8_z.jpg]lambsplitter03 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 31993468957_3bb0886c8b_z.jpg]lambsplitter04 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 39970147253_67f3b198c5_z.jpg]lambsplitter05 by James Helm, on Flickr

More details in the video:

James Helm - Proud to be a Neo-Tribal Metalsmith scavenging the wreckage of civilization!

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A collaboration with Wasteland Leatherwork:
WOW they are both beautiful! amazing work!

that first one being over 5 lbs would take some getting use to--in order to wield with efficiency! 

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