Zombie Hunter SlingSword

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by JoergS, Jun 2, 2013.

  1. JoergS

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    I did a cooperation with James Helm, fellow Zombie Squad member, who is a blacksmith working from out of Texas.

    He says about himself "Proud to be a Neo-Tribal Metalsmith scavenging the wreckage of civilization". I like that a lot! His blades are mostly made from steel you can harvest from truck leaf springs. He leaves the hammer marks on his blades, but sharpens the edges so you can shave the hairs of any of your body parts :)

    So I asked him if he would be interested in a cooperation. He said yes! It took about one year to happen.

    I wanted a short sword, ideal for short distance fighting, but powerful enough to chop Zombie heads of with ease. He finally made this blade for me:

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    I decided to also use scrap material, that can be found in a post apolcalyptic world, so the final weapon would look like the weapon of a post Zombie pandemic survivor and warrior.

    I started with these parts:

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    I went for a hilt that looks intimidating and bad ass, and retains the powerful but homemade look.

    This is the result:

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    Then, I made the sheath, from plywood of course (three layers of 6mm). I settled for a stiff harness, so the sword can be drawn with one hand.

    I attached three layers of TBG, for secure Zombie killing power.

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    Will do a video later today!
     
  2. Lars

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  3. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    Very cool!!
     
  4. Schultz

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    Very nice Blade!
    Maybe you could try to Weld the Fork and cover the Screws to bring a medieval look, but a really nice Design :D
     
  5. JoergS

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    I don't want medieval, I want post apokalypse. Think Mad Max! Screws are totally OK for this kind of look.
     
  6. jt-1911

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    Awesome I cant wait for the video :) Also its incredible what art you can do, from a bunch of scraps :)
     
  7. Antraxx

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    Holy S...that Blade looks so fantastic!
    How legal is a "sharp" blade over here and is shipping problematic?
     
  8. kineticweaponry

    kineticweaponry Senior Member

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    Wow, that is awesome! It looks super baddass with those nails, cant wait to see the video!
     
  9. JoergS

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    The blade (in fact the whole sword) is totally legal in Germany. But you can not carry it in public without a reason, just like any knife with a fixed blade that is longer than 12cm.

    Shipping is easy, but you have to pay the VAT and tarriffs. Calculate 45 Euros for the shipping, 19% VAT and 2-3% tarriffs. Hand forged blades aren't cheap, though. This one is 5160 steel, triple hardened, triple normalized.
     
  10. Holly scr....!
    Nice Swordblade!
    I take my head off!
    Nice work, but I don't like the spikes at the Handle protection!
    It's my personaly meaning.

    Nice work!
    Nice result!


    Joe
     
  11. Courier

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    This sword is ingenious!!
    I wonder if you will test it on the zombie-skull from ZombieGoBoom or ballistic gelatin.
    Am I the only one who wants to see Jörg in a post-apocalyptic survival movie? :)
     
  12. JoergS

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    Don't forget that I run an entertainment channel. Mean looks are important. Of course the entire hilt is removable and can be replaced with a much more conventional one.
     
  13. Tysonspapa

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    very nice, reminds me of a roman gladius.
     
  14. Wanimator

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    @Tyson No it doesn't. It closely resembles a celtic shortsword. The gladius would have a stiffer shape and transition to tip.

    Wow that's a beautiful sword. A little short for zombie fighting in my opinion because I'd want to stay a little farther back. Just my preference.
     
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  15. JoergS

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    Wanimator, a short sword has the advantage that you can draw it far quicker than a long sword. Zombie combat means lots of surprise attacks.
     
  16. Wanimator

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    @MR Sprave. Thanks for that advice. But I don't know if that converted me yet. I still don't like the idea of being less than arms length or more away from the zombie. But during a surprise attack it would be near ideal, but I would go for this knife my friend made for me during a surprise attack. An even shorter weapon, It's so fun to smash stuff with that knife it's awesome.
     

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  17. Saderath

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  18. FIAAO

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    I second Saderath.

    Also I like the spikes!
     
  19. Will

    Will Thread Hijacker

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    Very nice blade! I can only imagine the hours of happy mischief such a thing would provide. Nice touch with those nails also, looks very nasty.
     
  20. Thistle

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    Scavenging the wreckage of civilization, post apocalypse, Mad Max, mean looks… I love it! Yes, I think you accomplished that look quite nicely. I certainly wouldn't get in your way if I saw you coming with that, laughing…

    I like that the maker left the fire scales on. I think a primitive looking blade is a thing of beauty. Really looking forward to seeing the video that you are planning.
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