29 Jul

New classroom, new shop!

I just left a meeting and wanted to share that all future knife making classes will be held at a new location in Manheim, PA. This new 1470sq ft facility will add much needed space over my existing shop, allow me to bring all of my equipment into a single location and students will get to learn on some bigger professional tools. Over the next few months this space will be transformed into a functioning blacksmith shop for myself and swordsmith Jeremy Eichelberger. Jeremy and I have worked on the idea of collaborating on projects a lot over the past year and this new space will make that happen. We’re also putting our schedule together to attend a few fall/winter knife shows; exciting times, stay tuned! Here’s a peak of the new shop and I’m sure I’ll be sharing more with you all as it comes together!

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13 Jul

Now on Etsy!

My good friend Jim is helping to take some of the load off my back so I can do more making and less marketing. Jim has just posted a handful of my knives, including cable damascus, which are available on Etsy at Arkham’s Miscellany. Jim has them on hand and will ship directly to your door. As my Renaissance Faire season approaches I’m finding that I have less and less time to be online doing what’s necessary to move product. As time goes on, Jim will be doing knife shows in the western part of Pennsylvania for me so this is just a logical step until the next show presents itself.

12 Jul

Making a San Mai Kukri – Part 3

Today I’m posting a follow up to Part 1 and Part 2 of my san mai kukri commission. I was teaching a knife making class this weekend with two teenagers, one of which was my son, so I didn’t have all the time in the world to work on it but there were a few moments when I got to demonstrate a few things and I took advantage of them. Struck while the iron was hot, as we say. Anyway, I got the heat treatments done, polish and the first etching. Also, not pictured, I got the handle roughed out and ready for attachment. I’m going to be casting some pewter for the bolsters and for the cap – hopefully tomorrow. Here’s the new pictures, enjoy!

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Hand polishing. I like to use a push stick to make the job a little easier.

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This is the blade prior to the first etch in ferric chloride. I cleaned and degreased before putting it into the acid.

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After a few light sandings with 400 grit during the etching process.

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A close up of the broad section of the kukri. The 15N20 is the bright, silvery layer and the 1084 is the darker layer. Later, after the handle work, I’ll put the final edge on it and give it another round in the ferric chloride.

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A shot of the reverse side. I still love the randomness I get when making san mai, and after all, I do it purely for artistic reasons.

10 Jul

Just a quick update..

I’ve had some things going on at home that have required my attention over the past few days. We’ve finally (although a few weeks sooner than we had originally planned) moved my son, Asher, down here from Warren and we’re excited about getting him settled in – but that means enrolling in school, physicals, orientation and guidance counsellor meetings, so it’s kept me out of the shop for the past few days. Asher will actually be joining me for my last knife making class of the summer, which is going to be cool because it’s been a few years since he’s gotten to make a knife! Fun father and son bonding stuff! I’m holding off on finishing the san mai kukri for the moment to use as a demonstration in class, so we’ll get some updates on that piece later this weekend. Hopefully Monday we’ll all be settled into the groove and back on target. The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire opens in just 3 short weeks and I’ve got some knives to make! In the meantime, The Arkham Miscellany, is going to begin selling my knives in the immediate future, so follow them on eBay for a chance to pick up some great pieces not available here on the site! I’m also still updating this site with some knives that will only be available here and at either the Pittsburgh or Pennsylvania Renaissance Faires or King Richard’s Faire in Carver, Massachusetts! Have a great weekend and I’ll be back with an update soon!

06 Jul

Last class of summer!

I’ve got two spots open for the last knife making class I’m doing this summer. It’s this coming weekend, July 11 and 12. Would love to have another student or two! knifeclass.eventzilla.net