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


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.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Two Wreckers at Blue Line Gear

Two 12" Wreckers are currently available at Blue Line Gear.  Credit to them for the excellent photography.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

12" Wreckers in progress

Got a batch of 12" Wreckers in progress at the moment.  If you are not following me on Instagram or Facebook, my account is @Helmforge.  You can see a lot of WIP shots there.  Here are some of them.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Trio of 'hawks

These are the first tomahawks to leave the shop in a while.  They all went to the same customer.  All 1/4" 4140 and black TeroTuf, with Kydex sheaths set up with a second retention strap, MOLLE locks, and shoulder slings.
An 18" Wrecker.
 An 18" War Chief with sharpened inner beard.
And a 12" Woodsman, pics taken prior to the carry hardware being added to the sheath.
He wants some more.  I shall not endeavor to dissuade him.  :D
Hope to get another batch waterjetted this week, but most of those will be for a group buy.  Hopefully a couple of prototypes will be in there too, though.