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

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!

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!

30 Jun

Celtic Fling update and what’s next!

Day 2 of Celtic Fling was a lot nicer in the weather department, no rain, perfect temperatures.. still, I think day 1’s rain really deterred a lot of visitors. I wont lie, it wasn’t the best Celtic Fling I’ve done, probably close to the worst financially, but this is the business. When you start working outdoor events, you need to plan that every day can be rained out. It’s not the fault of the organizers, it’s not the weatherman’s fault, there’s no one to blame – it’s just nature! That aside, I still got the opportunity to talk with some great people on both days, made some new friends and some I really hope to see as students this coming fall. That reminds me, if you’re interested in taking classes, the new fall/winter schedule has been arranged and so far, only a few students have booked and every class still has openings! Once the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire begins in August, I expect classes to start filling up fast, last year my class schedule was booked in 3 weeks, just to give you an idea, so now’s the time to grab the dates you want! Anyway, it was great being out at Mount Hope for the Celtic Fling, weather aside, I had a great time as always. Coming up, the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, King Richard’s Faire and the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival!

26 May

A good weekend, thank you New Jersey!

It was a good weekend at the New Jersey Renaissance Faire, I got to meet and talk with some very nice people. It’s always amazes me how talking with people about what I do is almost just as rewarding as selling a blade to them. Perhaps I should seek professional help. lol Anyway, thanks again to everyone that came out this weekend to say hello, I truly appreciate it. We’ve got two more weekends left, I’ll have blades to sell and of course, I’ll be demonstrating over the anvil all day long! For those that missed it, here’s some pictures from the weekend. Hope to see you all again soon!

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