Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Carbon Fiber Sword Cane for Blade

Well, the resident shop squirrel just couldn't help himself . . . he turned out another sword cane for this year's Blade Show, and the 2013 version has a custom carbon fiber shaft. Check it out!

Carbon Fiber Sword Cane
Steel: 1080 & 15N20 
Overall Length: 37 inches
Blade Length: 21 5/8 inches
Shaft: Carbon Fiber
Pommel: Flame grain Koa w/copper accent

Sorry, but no hand models were available for this shoot, 
and Scott is still waiting on that Gojo contract.

 See you at Blade. Just a few leather sheaths to go, and we're headed that way!


Sunday, May 26, 2013

Three Presentation Pieces for Blade 2013

The Cottonmouth Blackout, Shiva, and Puma have been the three most popular blades in our 2013 Blade Show line up so far, so here's another look at the three together.


EMc Feedback from Norway

As I've noted before, we love to hear and see how our blades are doing, and we recently heard back from a customer in Norway who put a Cruforge EMc (Everyman Carry) to the test on a camping trip in Spydeberg - a small village in the southeastern part of Norway. Here are some pictures from the trip and some comments from Geir.

My girlfriend and I set up camp in a forest and spent the night there. I planned to use the knife to do some light batoning of firewood and make feather sticks, but due to the risk of forest fire we decided  not have an open flame and settled for a gas stove instead to cook our food. I did use the knife to cut some small trees that someone had left from clearing a trail, however, and cut 4 branches that were 2-3 inches thick to see how the edge was holding up. Then I started to make a spoon out of one of the branches, but I wasn't very impressed by the result so no pictures were taken of that spoon. It was not the knives fault, it's me who need to practice more!

The last thing I used the knife for was to make a simple flute which is something I learned as a boy scout some 20 years ago:)

The EMc might not be the biggest camp knife, but it can certainly perform all general camp chores. The knife fits very well in the hand, and the handle is much more comfortable than I first expected from the Ito wrap. But what I like the most about this knife is the perfectly convexed edge along the whole blade. It can really take a thin and "scary sharp" edge, and the knife was still shaving sharp after a day of use!  Back home I gave it 3-4 strokes on each side on a leather belt with green compound and it was back to hair popping sharp!
Thank you guys for such an excellent performer of a knife!


Thank you Geir for the feedback and the pictures. I especially love the flute (who knew our knives could make music!), and Scott loves knowing that the blade is truly being used as intended. Take care and enjoy!


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Schizophrenic Blade Show Table

As our 2013 Blade Show collection indicates, Scott's been going in a lot of directions lately. From kitchen knives to choppers, waterjetted to hand-forged knives, every-day blades to presentation pieces, we plan to have a little bit of everything at the show this year. There's even a little super secret squirrel stuff in the works. 

Unfortunately, I'm not allowed to talk about that yet, but here are a few pieces I can discuss.

Waterjetted EMcs
Steel: O1
Process: Stock Removal
Overall Length: 8 7/8 inches 
Blade Length: 4 1/4 inches
Handle: Scalloped Black Micarta
Sheath: Black Kydex with Syntac lining
*Optional Shoulder Rig is available

Both of these EMcs (i.e. Everyman Carries) come with a Kydex sheath with Tek-lok clip, and we'll have at least one shoulder rig at the show. Scott has also toyed with the idea of cold-bluing one of the EMcs, but we are quickly running out of time so that is yet to be seen.

Wondering what a cold-blued blade looks like? 
Here's our popular Cottonmouth design with a bead-blasted and cold-blued finish. 

Cottonmouth Blackout
Steel: Cold-blued W2
Process: Hand-forged
Overall Length: 13 1/4
Blade Length: 7 1/4
Handle: Black Micarta
Guard: Bead-blasted 416 stainless

And for those of you who share Scott's passion for cooking - here's an 8-inch Chef and matching 3.5-Inch Paring knife in Curly Koa.

Yeah, they're sharp:)

Lastly, we'll be showcasing a Puma in Desert Ironwood with a beautiful hamon. 
This baby will be on the table, but she has already been sold.

 See the next post - A Trio for Blade Show - for the rest of the 2013 line up . . . well, everything except that super secret squirrel stuff. Stay tuned!


Thursday, May 23, 2013

A Trio for Blade Show 2013

Scott forged a trio of knives while assisting at a beginning bladesmithing class at Haywood Community College in March, and he recently dressed them up for Blade 2013.
Meet the Hunger, Shiva, and Fang.

Steel: W2 with hamon
Finish: Hammer-marked and hand-sanded
Overall Length: 13 inches
Blade Length: 7 5/8 inches
Handle: Flame Grain Walnut

Steel: 5160
Finish: Rustic (Hammer-marked)
Overall Length: 14 inches
Blade Length: 8 1/2 inches
Handle: Hemp wrap

The Hunger
Steel: 5160
Finish: Hammer-marked 
Overall Length: 20 inches
Blade Length: 13 inches
Handle: Leopard wood

The Hunger features a forge-welded guard and peenned pins. 

See you at Blade 2013 - Table 13Q.

More to come . . .