Repaying Favors – the Mover

A few years back, when knife making was a simpler task and did not involve forging steel and power hammers, I offered to repay a favor with a stock removal knife, the only method I knew at the time. The favor was picking up and delivering a Bridgeport mill to my knife shop. That was two years ago! In the meantime, the process of building a knife has taken a new twist, or more to the point, a much more involved process of forging, heat treating, and shaping unique blades. And

Commissioned Knife Trepidation. The Beast

Daman Products Co., Inc. wanted to present their top distributor salesperson with a unique and fitting gift. They commissioned me to built a custom knife which was a great choice since this particular distributor is located in the heart of Texas where hunting and fishing are a way of life. Building unique knives is a kick in its own right, but when the opportunity comes along to build a knife with unique qualities based on the recipient’s input, that is special! In order to m

Knife Making Mistakes are Required

If Jordan is correct, I developed a lot of wisdom over the weekend! Half tang knives require the finger guard to slide over the butt end of the tang and come to rest just before reaching an interference fit at what will be the final resting place for the guard. This requires creating a slot in the guard that is slightly smaller than the area of the knife upon which it will be pressed. I like the guards to be angled to the side view centerline of the knife blade. I think it ad

The Journey to World Class Knife Making

My interest in steel and fire dates back to 7th grade metals class and my cold chisel project. As we all know, artisan crafts of this nature were being shelved all over the country in the 70’s and 80’s. Finding artisan craftsmen to help further my interest seemed impossible. That all changed in the late 90’s with access to the Internet. My first blacksmith “Google” brought the Indiana Blacksmith Association up. $10 later I was a life member with monthly access to a forge and