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7/31/12

Skullcracker


A little bit of a creative collaboration between me and neo-tribal blacksmith/sharp thing maker, Randy Church. I've wanted a Church & Son chopper of my own since I came across his work, and especially after the generous sponsorship of our TEOTWAWKI blade contest, so this one has been a while in the making.

I gave Brother Randy a few ideas for potential blades, and we settled on a trench-style knife with knuckle guard. Mean, stabby and viking-ish. Emails and pictures of various historical examples were exchanged--at some point, the project was christened Skullcracker. Randy underwent shoulder surgery and recuperation, and, after healing up, took this beast of a knife on as one of his first post-surgery projects. Not exactly an easy transition back into things--the knuckle guard was apparently hellacious to forge.

The sharp bit is an old planner blade hammer forged and salt water quenched--8" of blade, partially sharpened swedge. Knuckle guard is from a mower blade. Handle is a bit of wormy maple, struck by lighting and endowed by the Gods with magical powers (ok--but lightning part is true). Overall, 13" of meanness.

Skullcracker is on its way here right now...I'm chomping at the bit...and you'll see more in the near future.

A great pleasure & honor to work with Randy on this project. Really thrilled with how it turned out.

More of Randy's great pics after the jump. Visit his website here.




4 comments :

  1. Bet that thing could kill some Germans.

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  2. The Germans are our friends now... Somebody has got to prop up the euro zone. Zombified Nazis on the other hand...

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  3. Oooo! Me likey envy and want!

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  4. UGLY ROOSTER

    Randy, you make knives like a girl.

    A really big, hairy and mean girl who doesn't take any lip.

    Your blades are a testament to your creativity and ingenuity. Keep forging, keep that art flowing!

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