So this really isn't a picture that I wanted to share, because I had hoped that I would get a high quality one. I've had this one for months, if you are a friend of mine on my Facebook then you would have wondered what I meant when I said I had made the heaviest knife in the world. Well this was it. I did it completely traditional in the beginning...but it literally weighed 5lbs.
So I slimmed it down a lot, did different carving and etching than I had originally planned. In the end I took the etch in the front off and sent the knife to the buyer. I had hoped to get a good quality picture by now, but it looks like that might not happen. I'm still going to try to get one though and then!! You will see how awesome this knife really is.
Also, thank you for everything. As with the last few months, I haven't been able to reply to messages/e-mails/calls, but hopefully I'll be back to my old ways soon enough. I do know that two knives I made some time ago are being photographed...finally. So I should get quality pictures of a bowie and a hunter next week. Not my best works, but at least it is something a little different.
Did you want to see a little bit of forging? No?? Me either, but! here it is anyway: [link]
Because you deserve to know he is giving away shirts and a knife! Who doesn't like free stuff? Terrorist, that's who! Plus I thought I would give you a preview of one of the people that I plan on becoming better than...in time.
At the moment his Facebook likes are 224, I know when they get 250, they are giving away a t-shirt. And~ I believe every 250 after that.
He has been helping me to organize the advanced tutorials that I just honestly don't have time to do. I have been working on some basic/beginner tutorials. Which will be in written/pictorial form, plus a video. However, if you keep up with the videos that Jerry has been helping me with, then you will basically be getting lessons from Mastersmiths. And I couldn't be more happy to share his work as well as the others.
However, unlike me he has like a 7 year waiting list. And you guys thought waiting a few months on me was bad. His knives also go for about 100x the amount mine do though....
Regardless! Figured you guys would like to know and of course to let you know that I am still alive. Orders have me backed up too much to play and the Arkansas show is coming up.
The good news is this:
I have 5 of the best knives that are possibly the best of my work. All of them close to being finished. Onnne I should be finishing today. AND! One is a sword. Not one that you guys are use to seeing either.
Anyway! I miss you guys and after the next few weeks, I'll be able to breathe again and I'll be back. Then we will get back to taking over the world!!
You should totally like my Facebook! Why you ask? So I can become super awesome, duh.
Oh and so you can have a chance to win some cool knives in November. Free stuff and me taking over the world? What's not to like about that?!?!
I'll basically say the same thing I said on my facebook, because it was all true. I loved the onyx w/gold veined handle material. Although carving it was...not fun. I was thinking I would take a break from my normal full metal carving or all wood, as both have their own pros and cons when carving by hand. All of which are usually me cursing the walls around me.
Sadly, I found this handle material to be my new enemy. Looking back, I think I should have used a different type of handle material with this carving.
I like to think that my photography is getting better. But I attempted many times to capture the carving, but I really couldn't. I felt a little bad when sending this to Chuck, because I figured he would have a hard time as well. Well not nearly as hard of a time as I did, but you know.
As always, I do my best to match the damascus with the handle material. The gold veins rock, but they take away from the work I put into carving it. I didn't want them to stand out as much as my usual carving does, but you know how I am. I like to have my cake and eat it too.
Basically my only hunting knife design. I would love to have this one and maybe my Orange Hunter as my two hunting knife models, but I'm not sure if I really want to do a whole lot of hunting knives. The guard on this one doesn't look exactly like my first Ceros and that is because it is actually damascus and it's a little bit thinner than the first.
I've had the knife finished for a long time now. Like...a looong time. I know it isn't exactly a ground breaking design or knife, but I don't really get to keep much of my work, so I've been holding on to this one. At least until I finish my next project.
I was just bored and had some time to kill. So I decided to butcher her up and put it with a different background.
The knife gave me some trouble. It was seriously an emotional roller coaster because one hour it would look amazing and then the next it would look like crap. I blame it on terrorist, but you know.
The carving of the handle wasn't so bad. It was actually more enjoyable than finishing the blade. The new acid I've been using isn't the same concentration as what I'm use to, so I'm probably going to go back to the one I was using before.
In retrospect the knife didn't turn out horrible, but it certainly didn't come out as good as I had wanted. Given my time frame I won't be able to make the one I designed for the AKA show. So I'm stuck with this one. It is the worst of the ones that I am taking, but its a lot better than most of what I had last year.
Luckily, my next few are super awesome, so I'm not really let down by this one. I knew when I started that there was no way I would have a chance in the Fighter contest of the AKA show, so I was really doing it for practice and fun.
I'm super excited for my Frost knife to be finished.
Really wish I would have picked a different background to use. lol. I mean I always like it when I'm looking through the masses of backgrounds I have, yet every time I take the picture it reminds me of vomit.
Probably not a good thing to think about when looking at a picture of your own work. Yet, it happens a lot to me.
I wanted this knife to have a frontier/pioneer/period style feel. I do however like my own touch to my knives. I want to be able to tell just by looking that I made the knife (in a good way preferably). I went with a copper textured guard, along with some flame/curly/fiddleback maple. Which ever you prefer to call it. I choose a horseshoe rasp, because lets face it that is sort of my thing. Turning junk into more junk! Who doesn't need more junk? I do. You do.
We all do.
I hope that you guys have a great 4th of July. I know I will be. Steaks cooking atop a forge, is there anything more health than that?
I made a few changes to the original design. It has been a little while since I've had a really good piece of blue coral to use for this. I wanted to remake Mako again, but I can't find any green coral that was even close to the quality of that one.
I'm still playing around with it. Hopefully you will see another Mako from me in the near future. I would realllly like to make an upgraded version of it. lol.
A commissioned Rebar Tanto. I forged it out and made it based off my memory of the first one I did some time ago... then when I looked at the original, I realized I should have looked at it before making this one. lol.
It was much shorter and more curved than this one. My tantos have been changing a lot lately. Mainly, because I didn't plan on making many/any tantos in the first place.