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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:59 pm 
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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.

Imagediplomacy01 by James Helm, on Flickr

Imagediplomacy02 by James Helm, on Flickr

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! :shock:

Imagediplomacy03 by James Helm, on Flickr

Imagediplomacy04 by James Helm, on Flickr

It was an honor to be chosen for the task. :)

And, on an entirely different tack, a couple of choppers finished up recently. Forged 80Crv2, paracord over neoprene, marine epoxy, the usual.

13 1/2" blade, black and gold. Customer commented, "Love my knife."

Imagechopper01 by James Helm, on Flickr

Imagechopper02 by James Helm, on Flickr

14 1/4" blade, tan and black. This customer, a fellow knife maker, commented, "Dude! This thing is perfect. I love it!"

Imagezw01 by James Helm, on Flickr

Imagezw02 by James Helm, on Flickr

Always glad to have happy customers. :)

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:29 am 
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Those--and that--are so awesome!

Love it. Nicely done.

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Nice! What a cool honor to be chosen for that task. Love the choppers as well. :D

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Thank y'all! :)

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The really cool part for me is that I've been here long enough to remember leaf springs and socket handles. Those were cool in their own way, and certainly functional. But this, this is damn fine work sir.

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Yossarian - Hasn't been long since I phased out socket handles. I still have one half-finished sitting around the shop. :D

These days I'm working to turn the power of CNC to bringing my knives to life at a faster rate, but I still could build knives if the Russians nuke us back into the Dark Ages. It's been an interesting trip and will be getting more interesting, I feel. :)

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