Bevy of bush swords

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Bevy of bush swords

Post by Storm Crow » Tue May 15, 2018 5:10 pm

Some bush swords recently finished up and off to their new owners.

All are 80CrV2 steel with marine epoxy-impregnated cord wraps and Boltaron sheaths.

About a 13 1/2" blade, based on a wooden Filipino training sword the customer already had. Black on black wrap.

Imagebushsword05 by James Helm, on Flickr

Imagebushsword06 by James Helm, on Flickr

This one is about a 16" blade. It was made for an old schoolmate of mine, one grade ahead but who was in several classes with me in high school. Olive drab on OD wrap, tan Boltaron.

I had made it almost 36 years without any stitches. As I was re-sheathing it from taking these pics, the sheath slipped and I cut the ever-lovin' crap out of the thumb on my dominant hand, earning 10 stitches. I tweaked the sheath to be a smidge looser before mailing it to him. :) Sure has made it challenging to get ready for the Blade Show.

Imagebushsword03 by James Helm, on Flickr

Imagebushsword04 by James Helm, on Flickr

And finally, a two-hander with an 18" blade and a hemp cord wrap. Wasn't sure about it, but by the time I finished up, I really liked it. Fast and powerful!

Imagebushsword01 by James Helm, on Flickr

Imagebushsword02 by James Helm, on Flickr
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Re: Bevy of bush swords

Post by The Twizzler » Tue May 15, 2018 6:02 pm

Very nice. What's the rust situation like, with this form of steel?
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Re: Bevy of bush swords

Post by Storm Crow » Wed May 16, 2018 9:44 am

It's carbon steel, so rust happens. With the forge finish, it can be cleaned up with 100 grit or finer sandpaper or steel wool/ScotchBrite.
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Forged blades: http://www.helmforge.com

Stock removal blades: http://www.helmgrind.com

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