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.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Wood chopping with a Wrecker in Finnland

I had a customer in Finnland send me a link to a YouTube video he had posted cutting firewood (probably rowan, he says) with his 18" Wrecker.  I got his permission to post the video and his comments.  His 'hawk has the black oxide finish and tan TeroTuf handles.

Here's what he told me in his e-mail:

"I am very happy with Wrecker tomahawk. I did some testing last weekend. I find that tomahawk cuts very deep in soft wood. Handle is good and I didn´t feel any slippage from hand. Spike is very useful when splitting wood."

I found the use of the spike to split the wood particularly interesting.  It's not something that I have personally tried during my testing.  Good to see the spike being multi-functional.  :)

Not sure what all the white stuff on the ground is, though.  We don't have such things in San Antonio.  :D