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.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Mini-parang mods

 
A fellow picked up secondhand a stock-removal mini-parang I made a while back.  He added some leather dye to the TeroTuf and a bit of cord wrap to the handle.  I rather like the results.  :)
 
 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Everything has a purpose...

There's lot of thought that goes into the design work of my 'hawks.  Usually there's more than one reason behind why I decided to build them a certain way.
 
For instance, the flared stainless steel tube rivets are a very strong, solid construction method.  But the fact that they're a tube means that you can run cord through them, using them as an anchor point for a lanyard, a handle wrap, or both.
 
(From a manufacturing standpoint, the countersunk holes in the handle slabs not only allow the tubes to flare and solidly lock them to the tang, but also allow me to mount the slabs on the jigs that I use to shape the slabs, using machine screws.  Sometimes there is more than two reasons behind the design.  :D  )
 
A customer who has been using the heck out of his older 12" Wrecker from back when I was still using Durabake and Micarta instead of black oxide and TeroTuf posted this picture on FaceBook recently where he had taken advantage of the tube rivets in the aforementioned manner.
 
 
 
The knife is a forged kwaiken he got from me at Blade Show earlier this summer.  Been using the heck out of it too.