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I recently purchased this book:

 

http://www.amazon.com/500-Knives-Celebrating-Traditional-Innovative/dp/157990873X/ref=sr_1_9/192-9633658-2224867?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1260755444&sr=1-9

 

It has some stunning work in it, and more photos than three of the Knives annual publications put together.

 

I recommend it. Great for inspiration/ideas . . . and it definitely keeps you humble.

 

--Dave

 

PS -- JD Smith has some work in it too.

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"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly." -- Theodore Roosevelt

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I recently purchased this book:

 

http://www.amazon.com/500-Knives-Celebrating-Traditional-Innovative/dp/157990873X/ref=sr_1_9/192-9633658-2224867?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1260755444&sr=1-9

 

It has some stunning work in it, and more photos than three of the Knives annual publications put together.

 

I recommend it. Great for inspiration/ideas . . . and it definitely keeps you humble.

 

--Dave

 

PS -- JD Smith has some work in it too.

 

A few of my students from the college are featured too!

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I recently purchased this book:

 

http://www.amazon.com/500-Knives-Celebrating-Traditional-Innovative/dp/157990873X/ref=sr_1_9/192-9633658-2224867?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1260755444&sr=1-9

 

It has some stunning work in it, and more photos than three of the Knives annual publications put together.

 

I recommend it. Great for inspiration/ideas . . . and it definitely keeps you humble.

 

--Dave

 

PS -- JD Smith has some work in it too.

 

Dave,

Thanks for the suggestion, I have seen that book in the book shop and am humbled by the work as well. I looked for work by names I recognized (was blown away) and carefully placed it back on the shelf. The distance between what is in that book and what I am struggling with, is so great, I might not be encouraged.

Jan

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I have to be a bit careful looking at stuff like that. I get discouraged pretty easily. Knowing how far away I am makes me feel almost ashamed that I'm pretentious enough to call myself a bladesmith.

 

Of course, sometimes I see things on this forum that do just about the same thing. My poor widdle ego draws a fine line between inspiration, and depression. :P

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