MAKING A KNIFE FOR AN ARCHERY LEGEND-HELM FORGE

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by JParanee, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Many on here know that I'm a single string archer meaning I'm an avid bowhunter that uses a recurve as my tool. Growing up in the world of what is today called traditional archery there have been many legends. Ron LaClair is is one of these legends. I have long followed Ron's exploits and as impressed as I am with his many archery skills including trick shooting, accomplished hunter, Bowyer , etc I'm more impressed in how this living legend comes off as a true spokesman and ambassador to the wonderful world of single string archery.

    This story starts with a friend of mine Bill Jinks

    Bill is an archery buddy that I've never meet but got to know on the various archery forums over the years

    A friendship between us has grown over the years and when he asked me about buying a custom machete/Bush Sword I referred him to a maker I know by the name of James Helm of HELM ENTERPISES

    James is a past Forged In Fire Champion and an awesome maker and all around good guy :)

    Well the rest is history

    Bill posted his new blade which turned out to be one of James Bush Swords on some forums and Ron got a view of it and reached out to James to have him do something for him

    I called James up and said man that's cool your making a knife for a living archery legend :)

    James said he had known the name from Ron's Shrew Bow days and it would be a pleasure

    I love seeing two great craftsman and people get together

    This is a quick work in progress of what they came up with


    But first the living legend Ron LaClair today at 81


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    Back in the day


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    Here we go with the blade

    Rons blank is on the left


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    More to come
     
  2. Stump Buster

    Stump Buster Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    This is RIGHT up my alley!!!:thumbsup:

    Standing by at full draw for the rest of the story!!!:cool:
     
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  3. d762nato

    d762nato Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    Pretty cool pic Joe my uncle had a coat like that he wore years ago I'm told along with an old Colt peacemaker.
     
  4. john april

    john april KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 27, 2006
    i bet he will enjoy wearing that in the woods !
     
  5. dalefuller

    dalefuller Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Those pics of Mr. LaClair bring back a lot of memories. Back in college in Florida 45 years ago I shot a 48" single string recurve by Bear, as I recall. I loved that bow. Had to sell it when I moved to WV. Compound bows were just starting to show up in a few places but I was never interested in anything but that single string "bare" bow (no shocks, sights, or anything else).

    Oh great. Now I want another bow so I can start shooting again. Just what I need... another "avenue" to rediscover and explore.
     
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  6. Dawkind

    Dawkind Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    Nice job buddy, he'll be ready for damn near anything. :)
     
  7. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Roughing in bevels on grinder


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    Finalizing them by hand with a file

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    Ready to heat treat


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    Top edge will be fully sharpened

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    In hand

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  8. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Ron playing with some of his other choppers

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  9. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    We gotta back up a second

    These are some of the beginning pics

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  10. Matthew Gregory

    Matthew Gregory Chief Executive in charge of Entertainment

    Jan 12, 2005
    Love James' stuff.
     
  11. Steve Nuckels

    Steve Nuckels

    Aug 18, 2009
    Well if anyone can shoot a bow with a Buffalo robe coat on it would be Ron! I shoot one of his bows, Super Shrew Samurai.
    That is going to be a heck of a chopper!

    Steve
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    Member, W.F. Moran Jr. Foundation
    ABS AP
     
  12. Karl B. Andersen

    Karl B. Andersen

    Jul 27, 2003
    I met Ron at Compton's a few years back. He's quite the character.
    It's always great to see a project cross traditions and come to fruition.
    Well done - to all concerned.
     
  13. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Hi Karl hope all is well

    I thought you would know him for sure


    Neoprene foundation, intact paracord underlay, stripped paracord overlay, three-strand Turk's head knot.

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  14. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Getting ready to epoxy Handle

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    Epoxied

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    Forming Kydex

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  15. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Holes and trim lines laid out. The two halves of the sheath are temporarily bolted together.

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    Trimmed on the band saw, then rough ground on the belt grinder.

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    The sheath is unbolted and any melted Kydex or dust from trimming or grinding is cleaned out

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    The sheath is permanently riveted together. I use eyelets for .125" Kydex although I use .080" Kydex for the sheaths. It rolls a head closer to the factory heads.

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    After riveting, the edges are trued up on the belt grinder in case anything shifted in assembly. The corners are all rounded so there are no sharp points or edges. It'll get a final tweaking with a heat gun after the blade is sharpened and well-oiled to make sure that it retains the blade but is still easy to draw

    The sheath is pretty much done for now.

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    Last edited: Sep 24, 2017
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  16. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    This one is done and should be heading to Mr LaClair soon

    Hopefully I'll get some pics with him using it

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  17. Steve Nuckels

    Steve Nuckels

    Aug 18, 2009
    Wow! Impressive...! I mean the knives! Well... the maker too!

    Steve
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    Member, W.F. Moran Jr. Foundation
    ABS Apprentice
     
  18. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Thx James

     
  19. Mecha

    Mecha Titanium Bladesmith Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Storm Crow your blades really have a hell of a unique motif. You really draw out those blocks of steel into some big blades, bigger than I expected when seeing them at Blade show. As cool as the forged socket handles are, those neoprene-slab handles are real nice for a chopper. Glad to see that.
     
  20. Allen Newberry

    Allen Newberry

    Jan 10, 2007
    Fun to see the story and the knife come together.
     

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