Thursday, April 5, 2018

Mid-techs in Progress

Working on a small batch of mid-tech stock removal Benghazi Warfighters and Little Roks.  These are cut from 3/16" 80CrV2 steel, ground and heat treated, and coated with Cerakote.  They will be getting TeroTuf handle scales and Boltaron sheaths.  When finished, they will be available at Blue Line Gear.

Blue Line Gear

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Diplomatic blades

I had an interesting opportunity pop up recently when I was contacted about making a couple of knives to be used as diplomatic gifts between the US Army and a couple of generals in the Mexican Army.  I didn't have a whole lot of time to work with, but I happened to have some prototype mid-tech Benghazi Warfighter and Little Rok blades already ground, heat treated, and powdercoated, so I agreed. 
 
3/16" 80CrV2 steel, TeroTuf handles, and flared stainless steel tube handle rivets.
 



When I was given the names and ranks to be laser engraved in the blades, I was surprised to find that the knives were gifts for the Mexican Secretary of Defense and his Chief of Staff!   :o 
 
 
 
 
It was an honor to be chosen for the task.  :)

 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hurricane 'hawks

I'm honored to know that at least three of my tomahawks have been used by folks dealing with the recent hurricanes, two in the area hit by Harvey and one in the cleanup of Irma.

This 15" Woodsman was used by my brother-in-law (not the guy pictured with it) as part of the Cajun Navy helping folks in east Texas.  In this pic, they're tapping to see if there is anyone trapped in the attic.


 
The second one is a prototype rescue ax dubbed my "Fire Chief" model.  This was bought by a fellow who is prominent in Second Amendment matters here in Texas.  I have not yet designed the sheath tooling for it, but he has a Kydex sheath business and built his own.  He headed east to help out folks in high water.







And finally, an 18" War Chief helping clear out downed trees in Florida after Irma moved on.


And my own small way of helping out was to donate this 6 1/2" bladed drop point knife to my church's silent auction fundraiser to assist victims of Harvey.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

T-shirts available for pre-order

To quote Yogurt from "Spaceballs", "Moichendizing! Where da real money from da picture is made."

We are taking pre-orders for Helm Enterprises T-shirts, featuring artwork by the talented Matt Dyck @mattdyckstudios and printed on heavy cotton by Texas Special Tees @texasspecialtees. Modeling for artwork done by Tobin Nieto @stonehavenknifeworks

Color will be orange on black.

Prices, shipping not include:
 

Small - XL: $15.00
XXL: $20.00
3XL - 5XL: $25.00


If interested, send me an e-mail at helmforge@gmail.com with "T-shirt" in the subject line. Please include the number of shirts, sizes, and your shipping address. Thanks!


 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Mini-parang test video


Finally can post this video. Chris "hinted" too strongly that I was filming for FiF (what, a bladesmith in San Antonio can't suddenly take a winter vacation in New York just because?) so I had to wait. 

 Nothing too demanding, but this was on top of splitting up wood to feed a firepit for several hours and various other chores, without touching up the edge before shooting the video.

Friday, March 3, 2017

More mini-parangs

I finished up a few mid-tech mini-parangs recently.  These are made from blanks waterjet cut from 3/16" thick 80CrV2, then ground and heat treated by me.  Handles are TeroTuf with flared stainless steel tubing rivets.


 The blades are 9 3/4" long.

 
I weighed one before it went out to the customer.  21.8 ounces, or 1.36 pounds.  Not bad!  Balance feels good in the hand and the handle is both comfortable and plenty large for those of us with gorilla paws.  Lots of chopping power in a small overall package.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Mini-parang

I used a mid-tech mini-parang in an outlaw cutting competition at the (possibly) First Annual hammer-in of the South Texas Association of Bladeslingers (STAB), then put it up in a raffle.  It was won by Chris Thorn of DropForged survival, who filmed the day's activities.  We'll be filming the process of building a Kydex sheath for it, plus some more cutting with it.

Here it is in Chris's hand:

 
 
And the video he shot of the event:
 

 
More pics and video later.