People Happy EntrepreNewYear: Blackguard Customs LLC David Reeder January 4, 2016 Join the Conversation Axes, knives, belt buckles, custom mead horns — and all of it built by hand, with fire, not in a big CNC machine with magic. This is Blackguard Customs LLC of Austin, TX. What kind of axes, knives and whatnot you ask? (Go ahead, ask — I'm not writing this article for the helluvit.) Honestly, it's the kind of stuff that makes us want to go pillage something. Maybe that's not too terribly unexpected, coming as it does from a vetrepreneur who was a Reconnaissance Marine. We're going to start 2016 out right — I'll be showcasing worthy small American businesses all through the month of January. Capitalism is part of the foundation upon which our great republic stands, and small business is a vital part of that. Join us in recognizing and acknowledging that truth. Happy EntrepreNewYear! Like this? This is the All Father Skeggöx. It may not be exactly what your Boy Scout should use to earn his Totin' Chip, nor for that matter what you might prefer for that overnight backpacking trip but damn it's gorgeous isn't it? Who wouldn't want to split some social justice warrior's head from crown to chin (metaphorically at least) with one of these? No one, that's who. Well, no one but sissies and hippies and handwringing guiltmongers anyway..but I'm not writing this article for them. This is the Sealgair (here's how to pronounce it). It's Gaelic for hunter. OAL 12 in., BL 5 3/4 in., Width 1 3/4 in. at widest point, weight 11.7 oz. Handmade from 1095 steel. They do other cool stuff too, from customizing YETI brand coolers with badass engraving to stained oak beard combs. This is the Thrive dog tag, made from 1/8th D2 tool steel. One tag sports a 1 inch convex grind edge, the other has a bottle opener and cutting hook. Both tags have a folding Kydex blade guard for safety while wearing. Says Blackguard's HMFIC (a former Marine who has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography), “It's extremely difficult to achieve perfection with custom, hand-made products. We don't care. If you're not proudly displaying your BGC item then we're not happy and we want you to send it back. Our brand was built on trust and we will not waste your hard-earned money to turn a buck. Other companies will not say that. We're not other companies.” “I don't keep my beard short on purpose. It routinely catches fire while working lol. Thanks Joseph Sanchez Photography for the shot. Not to often people see me with out a hat on either.” He is not the only veteran working at Blackguard Customs. For instance, one of the other guys in the shop served with 2/7 Marines. Edit: as is the HMFIC. Sorry about that gyrene! Here's a look at one of their Colsters. Screenprinted koozies are cool if you're a cheapass buying Independence Day stuff at Wal-Mart but a hand engraved, handpainted Yeti Colster? That's badass, and worthy of a place in the Department of Manly Shit. Forged, hammered, crafted and engraved Learn more about Blackguard Customs LLC You can find 'em online right here: http://www.blackguardcustoms.com/. Follow them on the Instagrams here: https://www.instagram.com/blackguardcustoms/ Befriend them on the Book of Face here: https://www.facebook.com/blackguardcustoms/ Keep an eye on their Twitter feed here: https://twitter.com/Blk_Grd_Customs You can find my complete roundup of Happy EntrepreNewYear posts right here. Explore RECOILweb:Relief and Assistance for Oklahoma: Including from the NSSFAmerican Made Giveaway: Premium Rifle Build Kit - DRG ManufacturingRed Dot Sight Buyer's Guide Honor Defense Auctions Limited Edition Navy SEAL 9mm NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Get your pack of 50 Print-at-Home targets when you subscribe to the RECOIL email newsletter. We'll send you weekly updates on guns, gear, industry news, and special offers from leading manufacturers - your guide to the firearms lifestyle.You want this. Trust Us.