13 Oct

Shop progress

It’s been a little while since I updated the progress on the new shop. While it’s up and running for production, there are still a few things to be done in order to take it up a notch and make it ready for classes in November. First and foremost we cemented the pad outside the shop to stop any moisture from heavy rains. Added a nice three burner range, because coffee is a must. Some storage for both tools and blade steels and some more overhead lighting. Things are really starting to look great, I’m very proud of this new shop and I can’t wait for classes to begin! In other news, we got asked to join Amazon hand made, our one vendor at the PA Ren Faire is getting ready to open a new brick and mortar store not far up the road and there’s rumors of some big stuff coming down the pike. We’ll keep you posted!

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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!

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:

 

01 Jul

Adding back to inventory..

Well, the first mini-show season has wrapped up and I’ve been busy cleaning up knives and taking pictures. I hope to have my currently available inventory back online in the next day or two. Jim, who did the Paramoral Faire in Warren is going to hold on to his inventory and do some online sales at other venues, I’ll post an update once he gets the ball rolling on his end. As for what I’ve got on hand, pieces include 4 new cable damascus knives, some neck knives I’ve already posted, some larger bush knives, a seax or two and a great hand axe. Class is going to occupy my time over the next 2 days, then it’s off for the Holiday and then back to work! Jeremy Eichelberger will be joining me in the shop later this month to work on some high end collaborations we’ve been planning for a while. Next week will probably be the last week for custom orders, and then full steam ahead getting new blades made for the Renaissance Faire season!