09 Nov

Cable Damascus Class November 2015


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I only do this class a handful of times each year and it’s always a lot of fun. Had some great guys join me this past Sunday, Aaron H., John C. and Eli C. Class went great, the guys were awesome students! It’s been since July since I’ve taught, so I’m sure between that and my daughter deciding daddy doesn’t need that much sleep, I’m sure the guys were taking it easy on me. Thanks again to everyone for coming out, here’s some pictures from the class!

05 Nov

San Mai Upswept Hunter in progress

This is one of this weeks knife projects. 1084 & 15N20 san mai upswept hunter. Here’s some pictures of the blade through different stages of development. This is not a commission, just a blade I felt like making, when finished this blade will be available here in the store unless someone lays a claim to it before I finish it. 🙂 UPDATED 11/16 with a new post. Update 11/24/15, the finished blade is up and ready for sale.

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This is the beginning of the billet, tacked and ready to weld under the press.

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After my forging, this is the blade once it’s been profiled and rough ground.

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After heat treating, the blade is taken to a higher polish.

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A close up of the blade prior to acid etching.

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Several baths in acid with 1200 grit sanding in between.

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The bright portion of the blade is the nickel steel alloy, while the dark steel is 1084.

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A close up of the final etched blade. Tomorrow I’ll work on the handle and ferrul.

05 Nov

Gift Certificates now available!

With only a few weeks to go before the dreaded Christmas shopping season is in full force, right now you can get some of your shopping done at home with plenty of time to spare! Certificates are available for both the two day full knife making class and the single day cable Damascus class. These certificates allow you to give a class as a gift without having to know exactly which dates the recipient might have available. Find the new gift certificates right here!

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03 Nov

Some more news..

So, finished up the Tri-County Show, got the bulk of the remaining inventory listed on the store, I’ve got a few blades in mind to work on next and I’m working on setting up shows for November and December! So far I’m looking into the Wind Gap Gun Show on November 28 & 29 and the Harrisburg Gun Show at the Farm Show complex on December 12 & 13. I’ve done a show in Wind Gap before, the Eastern Pennsylvania Knife Collectors Show, but haven’t done the Harrisburg show yet so it may be interesting.  I’ve got a few weeks – finally, it’s nice to be able to slow down a bit and take my time with a few pieces!

My first class of the fall is this Sunday and then I’ve got full weekend classes for the following two weeks. December may have a spot or two open early in the month and January and February have already begun booking! I’m working on a new gift certificate for classes that will allow you to put it under the tree for Christmas for someone else without having to know their schedule ahead of time, so stay tuned, those will be available in just a matter of days!

I’d also like to work on another video or two, so if anyone has a suggestion on what they’d like to see a new tutorial on, drop me a line in the comments!

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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