Something's brewing...[Completion!]

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Something's brewing...[Completion!]

Postby Storm Crow on Sun Apr 11, 2010 9:29 pm

Something interesting is in the works. You can find out a bit more if you know where to look.

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More later...
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Re: Something's brewing...

Postby Storm Crow on Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:41 am

And it's useful! It can do this to a big ol' chunk of mesquite:

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And then it can do this:

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And this:

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See the little curl of wood? Hard to drawknife and photograph at the same time. No resharpening, and it had done the chopping in two and splitting multiple times at that point.
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Re: Something's brewing...

Postby Storm Crow on Tue Apr 13, 2010 5:38 pm

Hmmm, very pointy...

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Wait a second, that's not what the point looks like in the other picture. Is this even the same blade?

Handle looks kind of different, too.

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Well, whatever it is, the naked patch on my arm tells me it's mighty sharp.
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Re: Something's brewing...

Postby Timberwood on Wed Apr 14, 2010 12:29 pm

Very nice.
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Re: Something's brewing...

Postby macclint on Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:44 pm

Quit toying with us you fiend!!
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Re: Something's brewing...

Postby Timberwood on Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:43 pm

Me thinks with the approximate size of the blade (should my guess be accurate) we're looking at a semi-traditional saber/katana of sorts.
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Re: Something's brewing...

Postby Storm Crow on Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:40 am

macclint wrote:Quit toying with us you fiend!!
:D :evil:

Timberwood wrote:Me thinks with the approximate size of the blade (should my guess be accurate) we're looking at a semi-traditional saber/katana of sorts.


Not quite that long, but it's a fair-sized blade.

Full disclosure soon. You can already find out what's going on if you know where to look. :lol:
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Re: Something's brewing...[NEW: Revelation!]

Postby Storm Crow on Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:08 pm

All right, the blades got there safely, so now to let y'all know what's going on. That is, if you haven't read the blog yet (top of my signature).

This is the Wasteland Crow Project, a collaboration between myself and Wastelander of Wasteland Leatherwork. We decided our two styles of work would compliment each other well. I forged a golok and a small companion knife, both using Neo-Tribal Metalsmith styling and techniques, and now Wastelander will dress them suitably in his distinctive Apocalyptic Survivor style leather.

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The blades were forged from the same piece of truck leaf spring. Here's the piece that became the companion knife:

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They were filed to a cutting edge and given multiple heat treatments cycles utilizing hardening in vegetable oil and differential heat treatments, using slightly different methods for the two differently sized blades. The blades have both been thoroughly tested as the teaser pictures attest. Remember the really nice camp ax my student made a little while back? The golok does everything it can do and much more. Notice how you can trace an elongated sine wave down the length, from the butt of the handle through the cutting edge? That helps it chop as well as the ax, but it also splits, slices, delicately chops, drawknifes, and can even be used as a skew chisel with the fully sharpened forward edge. It also is light enough to work well against whippy brush and briars. The companion blade is the opposite of the golok in that it is a very slim, pointed blade. Its edge is about as sharp as I've gotten a blade, cleanly dry-shaving my arm hair and leaving a very smooth patch.

The blades are easy to maintain. A few strokes on a fine whet stone and no more than six strokes on a leather strop should return them to their original sharpness. The blades are forge finished, which, in addition to just plain looking primal, is incredibly durable as a finish. If it starts to rust or if you need to clean it after use, you can use 150 grit sandpaper and get it back to like-new condition in a few minutes.

The golok's handle is an integral socket. It is not intended for storage, but for incredible strength. The socket also does not transmit the shock of chopping into your hand the way it might if it was just a standard flat tang. It is very comfortable in use and does not slip or make your hand tired or numb. The end of the socket is plugged permanently with a piece of mesquite wood (which was what I was making in the teaser pics. That's right, I used the blade to make its own handle plug!), with a copper lanyard ring and a short horse hair tassel with copper beads and wire.

Both knives' handles are wrapped in hemp cord and sealed with orange shellac. The golok features double Turk's head knots of black leather lace at the ends of the handle, and the companion knife has hemp Turk's head knots. It has an integral lanyard hole and sports a matching horse hair tassel with beads and wire.

The golok's blade is 13.5 inches long, but I would need to get Wastelander to take any other measurements. It arrived at his house today, and now I am in the position of eagerly awaiting updates on progress.

This is a serious piece of kit. We may be playing with aesthetics, but it will serve the owner very well. It will make a Trail Master Bowie cry. No froufrou.

When this is finished, we'll be raffling off the resulting rig: golok, companion blade, sheaths/carry setup, and maybe another surprise. Keep checking the Wasteland Crow Project blog for details.
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Re: Something's brewing...[NEW: Revelation!]

Postby macclint on Tue Apr 20, 2010 6:17 am

That is awesome!! That is the best looking Golok I have EVER seen!
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Re: Something's brewing...[NEW: Revelation!]

Postby Timberwood on Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:41 pm

First Golok I've seen. Looks like a mighty impressive piece of kit.
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Re: Something's brewing...[NEW: Revelation!]

Postby Storm Crow on Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:35 am

For in-progress pics of the sheath in the process of being made, check out the Wasteland Crow blog: wastelandcrow.blogspot.com

The main golok sheath is completed!

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Now Noah will start working on the sheath for the companion knife.

I'm really happy with how this is turning out.
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Visit a new blog that a friend and I set up to share our thoughts and projects:

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Re: Something's brewing...[Completion!]

Postby Storm Crow on Sun May 09, 2010 9:46 am

The project is complete! Tickets for the raffle are on sale. Information here: wastelandcrow.blogspot.com

The companion knife is a separate unit, able to ride on the main sheath or be detached to ride on your belt.

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The whole shootin' match together:

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More pictures (Keenspot wasn't liking the height of some of 'em) at the blog, including some shots of them being worn and of the distressed wooden box to keep the set in when not out scavenging the wasteland.
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