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Hugh Bartrug has passed

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This is a sad day for the knife community. Hugh Bartrug has passed away on October 25 at age 76. This is from USA Daily:


"Hugh Edward Bartrug Sr., 76, of Raeford, N.C., formerly of Forward, Pa., and St. Petersburg, Fla., died Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, in Autumn Care of Raeford. He was born May 21, 1933, in West Elizabeth, to Edith (Connors) Shaler, of Bridgeville, and the late Hugh F. Bartrug. He was a self-employed bladesmith and blacksmith, former owner of Ashley Forge, in Forward, and former millwright for Westinghouse, in East Pittsburgh. He served with the Navy on the USS Lake Champlain during the Korean War. Mr. Bartrug was a lifetime member of many blacksmith and bladesmith societies and guilds. He taught bladesmithing at Touchstone Craft Center, in Uniontown, and Ripley Craft Center, in Ripley, W.Va., also demonstrated at many “hammer in’s” and symposiums, teaching basics to advanced damascus forging. He was known for his mosaic nickel damascus In God We Trust inserted in his blades. He was featured on the covers of many monthly and annual publications, including Jim Weyer’s “Points of Interest” issues. He was honored with many prestigious awards and trophies, most coveted being Bill Moran’s Knife of the Year Award and Blade Magazine Knife of the Year Award. He was most honored and proud to be initiated into The Honorable Order of St. Michael, Patron Saint of Law Enforcement. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Joyce L. (Joll) Bartrug, of St. Petersburg, Fla., whom he married Nov. 5, 1954; daughters, Debbie Jo (Gary) Madsen, of Boca Raton, Fla., Jill A. (Clifford) Enyeart, of Elizabeth, and Joyce L. (Brian) Banks, of Raeford, N.C.; sons, R. Wayne Bartrug, of Raeford, N.C., and Hugh E. Bartrug Jr., of Elizabeth; brothers, Arthur E. (Lori) Bartrug, of Carnegie, and Donald (Brenda) Bartrug, of Finleyville; sister, Edith L. (Dwayne) Kennedy, of Belle Vernon; six grandchildren, Ashley Jo. Owen, Kali, Evan, Hannah and Abigail; and nieces and nephews."


Hugh for me is one of the greatest makers ever. Especially his Damascus was way ahead of his time. He retired years ago due to a serious illness (stroke) but his knives are a legacy for the ages.


Hugh, Rest in Peace.



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