Though I played around with making knives since high school, I really began making in earnest in 1992. I obtained some instruction on basic forging techniques from a local blacksmith. I started with a coal forge and have moved to a propane tube type forge. I have taken classes from such distinguished makers as; Tai Goo, Wayne Goddard and J. D. Smith. I enjoy making Damascus steel. I like to try new patterns and see how they turn out. Etching the pattern for the first time is exciting. It brings life to the steel canvas. I normally forge all of my blades, taking them to about 80-90% of the finished shape with the hammer. Due to loss of employment in 2002 I am now a full time maker.
Tools that I use include; 100lb Beaudry power hammer, a 50 ton 4-post press that I modified for forging, Milling machine for slotting guards, Brown and Sharp surface grinder, 9 inch reversible disc grinder, a shop made 2×72″ Belt, and a lot of files and sand paper. I make my own fixtures for many of the operations that require repeatability like dovetails and all my forging dies. I currently do all the work on my knives from steel selection to heat treating to finishing. With the addition of the ultralight knife line I now have them waterjet cut to keep costs at a minimum.
As most makers I warranty all my knives against defects due to workmanship, i.e. epoxy breaking free, bad welds in Damascus and the like. I can not cover abuse or natural materials that are beyond my control. Things like handle material checking is a natural occurrence. I will however repair or replace the handle at material cost, labor will be free. This warranty is for as long as I am making knives. That will be for at least another 20 years or so….
I completed testing for Journeyman Smith status in the American Bladesmith Society and was awarded my JS stamp June 4th 2004.
This is my passion. I have spent many years doing all that I can to improve my craft and will continue long into the future. I hope you have found my site interesting and feel free to contact me about any of the items you see or questions you may have.
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