Photo Archive of Blades
L2.1 Reshaped Removed much of guard, scabbard made from black palm wood we milled at the house, it has loveless bolts and paracord lashing. Handle is Salt Ebony, it is a smoother straight grain than ebony and has flecks of white the size of rock salt. A combination of 1/4" stainless tubes and loveless bolts attach the handle. This is the kind of one off I made just to experiment with new materials, the price sold at did not reflect the labor of milling this terribly hard wood which is full of silicates which quickly dulled the bandsaw.
L2 - Velvet Tamarind A copper guard is added, the cost of the copper and the extra labor of machining this blade on my specialized diamond lapping equipment made this much more work then originally planned. Copper being such a great conductor increased the heat of the belt grinder to the point of making that impossible to do without ruining the temper of the blade. The scabbard and wood part of the handle are made from a younger Velvet Tamarind tree, which was not as nice as old growth I have sourced in the past. Handle is attached with loveless bolts, and the scabbard also features matching wood beads. also features beads made from my alcoholic neighbor, sadly can not get him to come to work to make beads anymore.
Udom Chai E-toh This blade was forged from multiple pieces of spring steel, and was able for most of the mass needed on the tip to push to spine, creating a very nice flat angle from spine to edge which needed no convexing. The thick 1/4" handle was heavy enough already so put on some paracord to finish it off. This type of paracord weave is made from a single piece of cordage and finishes tightly without any need of epoxy.
L2 & Toong DaoThe latin styled machete has a Thai rosewood handle with loveless bolts, and the edge was polished by hand thoroughly. The paracord wrapped blade is the Toong Dao, and it weighed in something ridiculous like 6 lbs, but you should have heard the cracking sound it made when it hit wood.
VIP single customer basically hired me for a month for all these blades, he believed in me and ordered before people saw these, I was basically booked past my tolerance for record keeping. When making something this difficult and varied it is hard to be efficient enough to pay the bills.
Toong Dao extremely forward weighted chopper required you to plan every swing. You know how sometimes you hit the same place twice with your machete? This thing cuts like an sledgehammer and an axe combined, but with control the added weight could be used efficiently to crack out huge 4" chips. The handle is Rose Chestnut attached with loveless bolts. Rose Chestnut is one of the hardest but durable woods there is. Under a fine lens and high polish you can see interlacing if the grain evenly spaced in a cross hatch pattern.
Small E-neps paracord wrapped handle from single piece of cordage, and finished on Nakayama Natural Whetstones as pictured. Both stones would kick up what I call 'toxic grit' occasionally that were iron hard and could run a deep long scratch along the bevel's width that highly contrasted with the polished finish from the grit of the stone advertised. This type of toxic grit would occur more than occasionally in my JNAT collection and is the main reason I switched to Thai natural whetstone.
Hand Forged Bone Cleaverweighing in about 3.2 lbs if I remember right. The sheath was hand sewn, and is one of my first attempts leatherworking, the template I think is still good, and what you can't see is a strap that cinches down the narrower middle part of the blade on the opposite side.
L2.1 Malaysian Rosewood scabbard, but the handle is made from old growth Thai rosewood from my personal collection. It is denser and polishes better, while still being a straight grained wood. The wood at the throat of the scabbard has just a touch of give, that will expand and then lock back down on the inserted top portion of the handle.
Giant Buffalo Spear or elephant spear? Maybe not, when a customer asked me to make him this we both had no idea that every courier wanted to charge us an arm and a leg because the length was over 48." I offered to keep the piece, but customer still wanted it. Very nice did get a few good throws in before final finishing.