02 Nov

Tri-County wrap up!

Thanks again to everyone we got a chance to talk with at the Tri-County York Gun and Knife Show this past weekend, Asher and I enjoyed it! Today I spent the morning photographing our remaining stock and will begin posting it here this afternoon, so if there’s something you were dragging your feet over this weekend, check back tonight and pick it up before someone else does!

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31 Aug

Some changes around here

I’ll keep this post short and sweet. Some of you may have been curious as to what’s going on and, frankly, there’s a lot happening. First and foremost, I am no longer associated with LaForge Weapons in any way. This means I will no longer be demonstrating bladesmithing at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in the near future. It also means that they will not be carrying any of my blades. I have completed my move of all my large equipment from the old shop and have consolidated everything into the new one.

Secondly, I’m happy to announce that the Pyrates Treasure will be carrying my current and future inventory. That’s right, the new shop is up and operational and I’m still working on new and exciting pieces!

Knife making classes will still be happening as planned and they’ve begun booking up so save your spot soon! I’m really looking forward to classes in the new shop!

As some of you know, swordsmith Jeremy Eichelberger has joined me in this new adventure and we’ve already begun work on new projects and some future venues, so stay tuned we’ll be showing some of them off shortly.

Lastly, as we go through this transition, I figured it befitting a change of name. It’s no longer just me in the shop and, while I’ll still be using the name JWS Blades – very shortly we’ll make the change to our new name for our new venture. While a little premature until the branding is finished, let me be the first to say, welcome to the new Underhill Forge!

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26 Jul

What’s in a knife? Or, figuring out the cost of a hand forged blade.

The past two weeks I’ve been rather busy, working on getting our booth back up to shape for the opening weekend of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, spending time with my kids, tidying up my demo area, getting it ready for a few new additions sometime in August, weeding, painting and all that other fun stuff. I also took another custom order and figured I should do it now, before the hustle and bustle influx of orders comes in from the opening weekends. While doing this order I was emailing the client frequently with updates and pictures as I typically do, but it got me thinking about what really goes into one of my knives and how I arrive at price. So here’s a little insight into my process: Read More

02 Jul

Knife Class, Day 1

19178514308_c4724ec63e_zToday I ran a solo class for a new student, Sam. Great day as always and I’m proud of how everything is progressing. I’ve said many times in the past of how impressed I am by some of the students I get and Sam is no exception. I’m really looking forward to sharing his finished knives with you on Friday, but first, here’s some pictures from today:

 

02 Jul

You know I make props, too?

Yeah, it’s not always about the sharp cutting implements of doom, I also make theatrical props. It’s actually how I got interested in bladesmithing; I was grinding away on stage combat weapons in the workshop one day about 2 decades ago and said “I want to learn how they really made this stuff” and it all went downhill from there! Getting back on track, yesterday I put the finishing touches on these two 32″ broadswords.

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