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#21 Archie Zietman

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 03:49 PM

I'm not doing blades at this point in my smithing-career, but when I was, my main influences were Jake Powning, Don Fogg and Tai Goo.
Right now my main influences in "functional art blacksmithing" are Susan Hutchinson, Christopher Winterstein, David Gignac, and Sylvie Rosenthal (who is actually a woodworker, but her work is very inspiring)
And my influences in armouring are all the 15th century Milanese armourers, and 16th century German armourers.
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Posted 23 August 2006 - 04:31 AM

im new to this but my greatest influence would b my granpa and my pop who taught me if ur gonna do something do it well.and b proud that u tried

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Posted 23 August 2006 - 10:23 AM

I agree with Mr. Longmire- I'll take information from anywhere I can get it.

I think the biggest influence is any maker who goes out of his way to give others information. Mr. Goddard, Mr. Fogg, Mr Hrisoulas, and Mr. Fowler come to mind quickly. For me the first real influence was Mr Bob Engnath. My first 4 knives were from blades he made ( I still have a push dagger I made from one). I still have one of his catalogs and thumb through it when I can't decide what I want to make next. I never met the man, only talked to him a few times, but his help was immeasurable.

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#24 Richard Furrer

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Posted 01 September 2006 - 12:05 AM

The countless hammermen who have been before
the charcoal maker and iron monger
the bellow pusher and anvil tapper
from you we have come and to you we will go.



...and Don Fogg

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 01:38 PM

I have been making the odd knife now and then for ten years now and other than the ABS tutors I had (jerry fisk being a real little fire cracker) I must admit that untill I saw jake powings work nothing in the Knife world really turned me on that much ,The other main influence was certainly British Blades and the bladesmiths forum especially the question of means thread which I followed and had me in stitches for a long time .I will finish my current blade and then hopefully a firey beard!!!
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Posted 03 November 2006 - 11:44 AM

These are not so much influences but people who have greatly helped me on the journey thus far, with practical help Howard Clark, Don Fogg, Doc Price, and here are a few authors who have influenced me Jim Hrisoulas, Heinz Denig, Wayne Goddard, Ed Fowler. Also I think Al Pendray should get a mention as he inspires me to one day have a go at making wootz, and Jim should get a special mention as without his book The complete bladesmith I would never have started the journey in the first place.

So thanks to you all.

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 07:13 PM

Here are my major influences in chronological order wit notes indicating their importance.

Bo Randall. Randalls were the first non-factory knives i ever ran across. I still love the optional "border patrol" handle on the Model 14 and 15. i traded my 4 Randalls years ago for a Pre-64 Winchester Model 70. The knives would be worth considerably more than the gun today.

Bill Bagwell. First time i ever heard of damascus was in an article about him.

Ron Gaston, Jay Hendricksen, Robbin Hudson, Marc Sentz, Joe Flournoy, Al Pendray, Charlie Ochs-I started checking out knife mags and bought my first issue of the "Knives" annual around 1992-93. I went to my first (and only until last year when it came back to Orlando) Guild Show at the Marriot World Center in Orlando. Of all of the knives i had seen in the books, Ron Gaston's fighters were the ones that caught my eye the most. At the show, I met the other gentlemen and they are responsible for me latching on to forged blades. I bought one of Joe Flournoy's MS test knives. i have subsequently bought knives by all ofthem except for Gaston and Hudson

Jim Crowell, Jerry Fisk, Harvey Dean I saw Crowell's work in books long before I knew who Jerry Fisk was. He is the one that got me interested in the style of the Arkansas Mafia...lol. I love all of their work. Own knives by each of them. i met Jerry Fisk at Blade 2005 and got to talk to him for a while at the 2005 fall hammer-in. Now i get the impression that some knifemakers may have issues with him in the same way they do with Ed Fowler. Jerry is a ruthless promoter of himself and his craft and has been extremely succesful. I guess that is why he has a book on the business of knifemaking in the ABS store. But hey.....i found him to be funny as hell and extremely helpful. As were all of the guys from the ABS that i met at Blade and the hammer-in.

Ed Caffrey. When i actually decided to start making knives, i joined Ed's forum on Knife Network. I learned how to forge from his video and bought at hunter from him at Blade last year. He haqs been my biggest source of information and advice.

and last but certainly not least,

Bill Moran. Since I became interested in making knives again last spring, he has been my biggest influence, not only stylistically, but philosophically. I met him briefly at Blade 2005 and then again at the fall Hammer-In in 2005, which was his last visit to the school. I had the unmitigated audacity to show him a ground-too-thin ST23 blade and he actually complimented me on it. Said that the 23 was a very difficult shape to forge (you ain't kiddin', brother...lol) Told me to stick with it. Incredible experience. I have his videos, but they can be intimidating. alitle old man swings a big sledge and BOOM....the blade is formed....in the meantime, I still can't get the plunge grinds right....lol i missed out on a Lime Kiln era skinner on Ebay by a hair. There was an ST23 for sale recently, but at the time, I didn;t think that i could pony up the cash ($10k) because i had another real estate project in the worksthat was going to require some of my own money in the short term. Turns out that it didn't, but such is life. A late 70's/early 80's ST23 is still my ultimate kife for my collection......anybody got one for sale? lol

Edited by jdm61, 11 November 2006 - 09:22 PM.


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Posted 10 November 2006 - 11:49 PM

My biggest inspirations would have to be:


Bladesmith's: Don Fogg, Ric Furrer, Richard Kazda, Peter Johnson, Vince Evans, Peter Lyons

Author's: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Brian Jaques, Chris Paolini

Artist's: John Howe, Alan Lee, Justin Sweet, David Slonim



All of which have a huge impact on my Bladesmithing/Blacksmithing and artistic work! :)

Edited by David D3, 04 November 2008 - 04:49 PM.

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#29 Archie Zietman

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Posted 22 November 2006 - 07:33 AM

David, not Frank Frazetta? :blink: :P (joke)
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Posted 08 December 2006 - 11:49 PM

im new to this but my greatest influence would b my granpa and my pop who taught me if ur gonna do something do it well.and b proud that u tried




Very nice.
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Posted 26 February 2007 - 06:23 PM

i'd have to say the bladesmith that got me hooked on knives and swords was peter lyon who made the swords for Lord of the rings which is what got me interested in making knives, other professionals who have inspired me are jim hrisoulas don fogg and all the people on the various web forums.

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Posted 26 February 2007 - 07:39 PM

My biggest inspirations would have to be:
Bladesmith's: Jake Powning, Ric Furrer, Richard Kazda

Author's: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Brian Jaques, Chris Paolini

Artist's: Jhon Howe, Alan Lee, Justin Sweet, David Slonim
All of which have a huge impact on my Bladesmithing/Blacksmithing and artistic work! :)



Wow, I haven't checked back here in a while, but we share many of the same influences. Jake Powning, Ric Furrer, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, and Brian Jaques.

Tolkien is my favorite author, out of the lot though ;)
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Posted 03 March 2007 - 10:21 AM

I would say a couple of my inspritors would be Jim Hrisoulas, Yoshindo Yoshihara, Don Fogg, Daryl Meier, Ulrich Henniske, Jake Powning.

Authors who inspire me would be first and foremost Brian Jacques. I have almost every one of his books, he never ceases to amaze me. When I read Mossflower, I can honestly say it was one of the defining moments that drove me to get into smithing in the first place. Tolkien's blades are also pretty awesome!

Edited by Sam Salvati, 03 March 2007 - 10:22 AM.

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Posted 19 March 2007 - 11:01 AM

Hugh Bartrug, Cleston Sinyard, Don Fogg, Tai Goo, and Scott Hurst as far as modern makers. The work of old masters would be John Chevalier and Samuel Bell. And many, many others of course. Not that my work looks like any of those but the spirit of each style embeds itself somehow I guess. All of us, Im sure have looked at thousands of photos of works from all periods in time and cultures from all over the world and each and every one of them has probably left some sort of an imprint on us. My favorite Japanese maker that is influencing my current work is Kunihira Kawachi.

Edited by Tim Lively, 23 March 2007 - 07:19 PM.

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 08:13 PM

Tim, I gotta say -you- are one of my major influences. I came into metalworking wanting to make armor, then found some writings online about heat treating, which led me to Primal Fires (a few versions ago) and your work. You convinced me that one could make a knife in one's backyard with minimal tooling.

While others have continued to influence me... some directly, some from afar... my charcoal washtub forge is still chugging along 8 years later now since the first time I put it together, based on the one you made and showed online. Thank you.
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Posted 26 March 2007 - 08:43 AM

Thank you. I appreciate that. It means a lot to me to know I helped someone get started.
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Posted 30 March 2007 - 06:31 PM

I prefer to read the posts, I don't usually post. I don't know if I've ever posted here actually.

My first influence was my Grandfather, he made a knife out of a file he took to WWII. We talked alot about making knives, but never got the chance to work on one together. Time can be a real bitch. Linked to that influence were the swords he brought back. Last year I was fortunate enough, with help, to figure out the maker, the time period and style of the sword. That pointed me in the general direction of the Bizen styles. I try to add something oriental to the look of my current work.

My second influence was all of the books and videos out there, they helped me when I couldn't find a teacher. Then as luck would have it, I found a bladesmithing class. JD Smith is an excellent teacher with a very critical eye for details. I'm working towards my Journeyman in the ABS under him currently.

In that class one student was working in a style I hadn't seen before. It was called "Neotribal" at the time. I found a video online and later that year I was fortunate to spend time with someone who would become a big influence and a good friend, Tim Lively.

There are so many other makers that I find inspiring it would take too much time to list. I wouldn't be on this forum if I didn't cite Don Fogg as one. The desktop on my computer has a different picture every week, but they usually cycle between a Tim Lively, JD Smith or a Don Fogg knife. Those are my big three.


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Posted 17 July 2007 - 09:55 PM

for me Bill Stroman has been a incredable guiding force ,
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Bruce Norris made a big impression on Me at Vallhola renn faire
and like Dracozny this site has been a endless source of information, eye candy, motovation and support
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Posted 24 April 2008 - 01:36 AM

Don Hastings, Bill Moran.
There were others, but those two gave me the bug.
I read an article about Don's knives a a Gung-Ho magazine in the mid 80s.
I requested his catalog and ordered a Red River Bowie right away.
Sadly Don passed away shortly after, but he passed his business and name on to Dwayne Parrish who is still forging Don's knife models.

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