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This is a neat thread to read through, so many different approaches and personalities on here!

 

Well, let's see...I'm 34, married with no kids (but proud "dad" to two very cute doggies :D). I live on a tiny subsistence farm in southern New Mexico. I'm a professional craftsman...besides blades and other metal goodies, I make or have made musical instruments, archery equipment, furniture, houses, bicycle frames. I also do graphic art, and play music (primarily loud electric guitar at this point, although I can play several other string instruments too). I love the outdoors, hunting, camping, bushcraft and 'primitive' skills, and so on. I have very little formal training in anything, but I'm good at self-teaching, research, and improvisation, and have been working at this craft stuff since my early teens. Growing up way out in the sticks, I learned early on to be resourceful and work with what I had available.

 

Trying to sum up why I love bladesmithing: part of it is the history aspect, to feel what other craftsmen have felt through the millenia, or deal with similar problems to what they dealt with. I enjoy that there is a somewhat brutal aspect to 'smithing (apparently I have some aggressive tendencies I need to get out), followed by precise, artistic finish work. I also just like sharp objects, and trying to cut one thing with another ;).

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Born in the UK in '62.Living in Kent inna UK with ma wife (SWMBO) & daughters (LSWMBO#1 & LSWMBO#2)I do HP server configuration & installation on a consultancy basis, part time househusband (1 day a week, today) & part time knifemaker & proprieter of Kent Cutlery.

 

 

Also, I should have added that I was an Administrator of Britishblades.com (which is why I didn't come here so often, tied up in the minutae of keeping things running smoothly) I've recently resigned as staff there & so will be posting here more often, sorry guys :P

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Hey col, Youve loosing your 'ban' button???? :P

 

Just seen this thread for the 1st time, a lil about me..

 

Im mid 30's , and have worked in engineering all my life (well, studied accounts and finance to degree level, but you kinda need that for engineering nowdays!) Early memories as a ?6 year old of hanging in the machine shop with my dad, being aloud to wind the handles on the machines, being lifted up and down on a fork truck, being upset I couldnt sit on the vertical borer table when it was spinning!

 

I now own a small company (used to be a big one, not my fault :unsure: ) that specialises in forging plant, buying, selling, repairing, servicing & so on. Picked up a bit of know how on forging hammers and presses over the years. Started selling more and more small hammers to blacksmiths (and bladesmiths!) and 3 or 4 years ago though what the heck, Ill have a dab at it myself!

 

I love patternwelding, the whole process floats my boat. Im very time poor but on the odd weekend I get to play I enjoy challenges, Very rare I will do the same thing twice, probably why I have such a pile of unfinished projects :unsure:

 

Ive been heading over to the dark side recently and am getting very into the whole anglo saxon , viking sword thing, evenings doodling pictish designs! Other half knows shes a blade widow, and can spot a weld defect from 50 paces ! (gotta love a girl that thinks 2 type 'k's and a reader is an acceptable birthday present! B) )

 

So, will hopefully be posting more finished blades on here in the future, Im happy enough with my abilities with a hammer (& grinder) to start being able to see projects through to the end now!

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New guy here.

 

Who am I? I've asked myself that same question a thousand times and I'm not sure I've ever had a good answer.

 

I love metal, most especially functional metal tools. The smell of oiled iron and wood, like when you're shooting an M1 Garand, has to be an aphrodisiac! :D

 

Old tools that have a story to tell. New tools that do something I've never heard of before. Weird tools that do the job differently than I would.

 

They all intrigue me.

 

When I found this forum and saw all the Elven blades and references to Tolkein, I knew I had found a home. I've been in love with that tale since I was first exposed to it way too many years ago. The blades, that characters and the ideals that they sought really made an impression on an impressionable kid.

 

I've made a few little knives over the years, and even apprenticed with a blacksmith for a few years to learn the ways of the forge.

 

Over the years, I lost my way and am working hard to get back to the right path. After spending thousands on alcohol, I ran across a photo of Andrew Jordan's work and it was like a kick in the gut. I can't say what exactly it was about that knife that struck such a chord with me, except to say that it was just a perfect balance of all things good, but such a visceral reaction can't be ignored and I decided to build my shop and chase that dream. Can't say that I'll ever reach his level, but striving for that sure beats spending endless hours in the bar chasing skirts.

 

Thanks for having me. I'm looking forward to learning all that I can.

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My Name is David Loukides,

I have been making knives for about 10yrs.

I worked as a machinist, toolmaker, and tool room supervisor. I started in the US Navy in 1977. Then as a machinist and tool maker at a local company and was laid off after 29yrs. I also worked 1.5yrs stint at a small shop. Then I decided to go into full time knife making. My wife has been a large influence in my decision and a great supporter.

Recently I attended a class at New England School of Metal Working making integrals with Christoff Derringer. I forged a dagger out of a 1.25" taper bearing.

 

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I also was able to perform my JS Bend test while there and I am the happy camper in this picture.

 

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There is a lot of learning in this trade and I appreciate any help that you have to offer.

Sincerely,

Dave

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You all sound so interesting, I'm afraid my story is pretty boring.

I was born in 1970 in Florida and have lived here all my life. I am a christian and a husband and a father of two.

I got my BS and MS in Structural Engineering from Florida State University, and wear khaki pants and plaid shirts every chance I get.

An engineer buddy browbeat me into attending a hammer-in and I have been hooked ever since. I have sold everything that my wife didn't hide to equip my shop.

 

That's pretty much it. Back to your lives citizens.

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Howdy folks, thought I'd drop by and introduce myself,

Forging expericence:

I've been forgin for about 6 years now, started out with a real basic set up that I got for christmas. I'm 19 now, so I started when I was 13, dang I feel old :P Started leanin toward knives fairly early on, I've always been very outdoorsy, so it was just a natural thing for me. Last year me and my dad built a side-draft brick forge, that was an...experience, but definintly one that I would do again. I've got a couple guys about my age that live nearby that I forge with, mainly knives, but we mess around with decorative, "none-useful" type stuff. Right now my shop isn't exactly set up for metal workin, but I'm gonna be getting a belt sander before christmas, so that should help some :D I've made about 15 or so "shanks" and about 4 that I would actually be willing to call knives.

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I was born and raised in Tallahassee. Homeschooled K-12, dual-enrolled at the local community college for a couple years before going full time after graduating. I'm in college right now, gettin my A.A. in graphics and design technology, and this spring I'm gonna be going back to Lively Technical Center and finish up getting my welding certificates. I've been lurkin around this forum for a few years on and off, definintly learned alot from Mr. Fogg's website. I'm taking a class with Mr. Hurtado at TCC, and he suggested that I join up, so I went ahead and did. Hopefully nobodies gonna regret lettin me in....

 

 

May your knives stay sharp,

 

Chris

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i am glad i found this part of the forum.

 

I was born in ketchikan alaska. when i was 3 we moved to the copper river valley of alaska. lived there till i was 18 yrs old in the shadow of the mountains there. i ready every book in the 2 small libraries that were within 45 mi of us by the time i was 10 yrs old. it made me want to go see all the things i had read about. I started working holding down a mans job the summer of my 7th grade year. i saw a movie with the NASA kids camp in it and wanted to go so i saved all the money from my trapline and snowplowing to go. the trapline was 500 miles long at its peak. Beaver, martin, otter, fox, lynx, wolf mink were the main fur bearers.........and lots of them. it was about then that a knife maker named Wes Cannon who was friends with my dad found out we had a massive strip of bandsaw blade from a logging operation in our scrap pile ( we had a huge amount of everything laying around when you are 250 miles from the nearest stop light you dont throw anything away) and made us knifes of every kind to use in our lives... we had the trapline, we shot or caught every ounce of protien we ate (moose, caribou, salmon) and in some of the most extreme circumstances you could imagine. anyway, i had many talks with Wes about knife making, i am pretty sure he at least made a living from it as his knives ended up selling for quite a chunk. as i started to get into knife making and smithing again, i started to remember layer by layer his telling me about cable damascus, his first power hammer etc......this was....24 years later?? along time anyway. it has always been on my brain to forge knives, but after i moved to hawaii i was talked into secondary school so i went to a technical school and got a instrumentation and control/ telecommunications degree. I then started traveling. carried two laptops, and a guitar. i hated doing laundry so i would buy a weeks worth of clothes from K mart in whatever city i was in and leave em on the hotel floor when they were to stiff to be seen in. not a lot of chances to forge doing that. A lot of twists and turns including being a single dad for 10 years. i am now remarried and in a house i don't mind dying in and a chance to develop a shop that i want. i am a journey man ironworker as well as a woodworker, and have a ridiculous amount of experience in making almost anything out of metal. however, this is all structrual steel or "ornamental" steel. heat treating and knife making specifically were out of that realm. miles of commercial handrail and stairs are what i have done, along with working on some commercial things where the company wont tell you the alloy you are working on, they just give you the preheat, weld specs, post heat, peen if needed. hehe one note of fact:: i was rebuilding a 110,000 LB Foster Wheeler ball mill that grinds coal into flour fine consistency recently. now this thing has been operating for over 40 years. it is basically a giant tube lined with armor plates that have a wave in each one........224 plates to be exact, on the drum, and lining the ends of it. the ballmill is then filled with Super high chrome content balls of 3 different sizes. then it spins about 3000 RPMS. after 40 years of that incredibly destructive atmosphere, the armor plates looked like they just barely had the paint wore off.........the alloy is industry secret, in fact the chinese could only replicate the other parts, they had to buy the plates. anyway i digress.

 

i became an ironworker because i imagined the ornamental railings, gates etc. but my disapointment was supreme when "ornamental" became clear that it was an industry buzword for a straight tube steel raling that while takes skill to install and build by no means even approaches the skill apparent in the video sam salvatti showed of the german smith making such things.....so i started to build my own knowledge of such things, ended up on this website, and continued the study of metallurgy, forging, heat treating, and now, trying to apply that knowledge. i doubt i will ever make a living doing knife work, but i am interested in turning out knives that have the very highest quality materials, every detail drawn out to the Inth degree, filligree, even insetting with gems. after that, making scabards .. somehow i doubt ill live long enough to do it but its a great diversion to fill the time til then.

 

nuff said. im tired.

ciao

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STRANGE TWISTS AND TURNS IN LIFE

Stuart Geisler

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The Burholme Stamp Club Newsletter

 

As a ten year old boy, I was full of intellectual curiosity. Growing up in the New York projects, reading was the only escape from the daily vicissitudes of project existence. Reading provided a portal for my imagination and my soul. Rather than deal with the daily existence of crime infested hallways which intruded upon my sleep, and therefore my dreams, I could be anything and anyone I wanted to be, in the mind of a kid. Intellectual stimulation was my magic carpet which conveyed me from the dangerous and mundane elements of my life. I could hop from being John Glenn the astronaut to Kirk Douglas the Viking in my imagination. I was a happy child indeed!

 

My parents, striving for a better life for us, moved to Northeast Philadelphia, where my life drastically changed. This change allowed me to manifest every aspect of my imagination in concrete terms. Living in proximity to the beautiful Pennypack Park, I could build castles, tree houses, and examine the protozoans in a puddle with a microscope, which we could now afford for me. My father, who could now afford a 1957 Chevy, conveyed me to all sorts of interesting places in Philadelphia, from the Rodin Museum to the Philadelphia Zoo.

 

The place that absolutely captivated me was a little known treasure in the Philadelphia area, the Bryn Athyn Cathedral. Rising out of a small parkland setting, this place put me in mind of medieval castles seen in some of my favorite movies. Carved stone gargoyles sitting on parapets put me in mind of the movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This beautiful place absolutely stunned me in its beauty and magnificence. They gave us a free tour, and I was captivated by every nook and cranny. Each and every part of this edifice was hand crafted by master craftsmen, hired by the industrialist John Pitcairn from European guilds back at the turn of the 20th century. They still give free tours of this cathedral.

 

On our first visit, my father and I stumbled upon the craftsmen’s buildings on the grounds of Bryn Athyn. This accidental discovery, little did I know at the time, would profoundly affect my life. There was an old world craftsman standing there, in the blacksmith shop, taking hot metal out of a fire and hammering it into different shapes on the anvil. His name was Al Walter. This looked like pure magic to me. This “Merlin the Magician” was altering a hot piece of metal, and forging it into the shape of an animal’s head, with sparks flying and the clang of the work he was doing on his anvil. Every aspect of his work reminded me of sorcery; he was creating something from nothing, like an alchemist. I was so excited watching this man ply his craft, I could hardly breathe. This was one of the most exciting things I had ever seen in my short life. Al Walter, taking a short break from his work, explained to my father and I that he had served an apprenticeship as a young boy my age in blacksmithing, stone carving, and wood carving. This master craftsman, and “magician”, was creating works of art for use in the cathedral that were pure beauty to behold. His kind explanation of the type of work he was doing had a deep impression on me. My father, very imaginative and full of curiosity like me, took me back to see this workshop many times as I was growing up.

 

Years later, while I was studying astrophysics as a graduate student at Villanova University in the late seventies, I was also searching for employment in my field. At that time, due to cutbacks in NASA, jobs in my field were hard to come by. Frustrated while looking for work, and being nagged by my dad to get a job, I perused the classifieds in the Inquirer. Looking in the “A” section for an astronomer’s position, my eyes floated to the next ad for an “apprentice blacksmith position”. My father was hollering-angry, saying “I didn’t spend all that money getting you an education to become a blacksmith”! Like any future blacksmith, I suddenly developed a deaf ear.

 

Remembering my youthful encounters at Bryn Athyn in a pleasurable light, I was determined to land that position. While all the other applicants showed up in blue jeans and sneakers, I showed up in a suit and tie. During the interview, the master blacksmith of the shop was there, a man named Fyodor Czub, who reminded me of Al Walter. Mr. Czub liked the fact that I had enough respect for his knowledge and MYSELF to dress up in a suit. They hired me immediately.

 

I went on to serve a five year apprenticeship in this craft under Mr. Czub. Incredibly, Mr. Czub didn’t speak one word of English, and I didn’t speak one word of Russian. For five years, he taught me through pantomime and through Russian translators in the shop. I wanted to learn this craft so badly, that the language impediment was never a problem. In fact it was a bonus, because I learned by following his lead, just as he did as a young boy in Russia. The language we had in common was respect for this craft, and a love of iron and steel as a medium. Believe it or not, forging hot iron and steel still feels like magic to me. I went on to start my own tool forging business, grateful for the happy coincidences that allowed me to learn this craft. It is with profound gratitude that I remember the inspiration Al Walter and Fyodor Czub provided for me. Who would have thought, that a little boy with a profound imagination, would someday become a magician in metal!

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I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. I graduated from highschool a few years ago and took a trip across the country with a friend of mine. I was lucky enough to see a lot of British Columbia as well as the Yukon Territory and Alaska. After I got back from this trip I went to school for a year before realizing I didn't want to be there, nor did I particularly want to be where it was headed, so I went back to dreaming as I looked for a job other that helping a carpenter install doors.

 

I have now been working at the Alexander Kieth's Brewery in Halifax - Not brewing beer, but taking tourists back in time - 1863, to be exact. My dreaming led me to start building a forge at around the same time as I was hired there (spring 2010), and by the end of the summer I was forging in the backyard of my little apartment. I've since built myself a wee shack to contain my mess.

 

Here I live now, still working at the brewery, with my girlfriend and her menagerie - two lovely cats and a hedgehog - with plans to find a place to live outside the city. Living in a small apartment is not the ideal place for a blacksmith's shop.

 

As a side note, there is a cooperage in the Kieth's brewery which houses quite a few old tools. Most of them are little more than worn chisels and augers and things, but there are a couple treasures. There are some lovely old cooper's planes, an old adze, an ax or two, and, last but not least, a Peter Wright anvil with a very pretty face and no visible flaws. It makes me itch every time I walk past the thing to see it being used as little more than a prop - and a poorly placed one, at that. True, a cooper needs to hoop his barrels, but there's not even a forge nearby, and the anvil just sits there, looking so lonely and out of place. It's a sad story, and it pains me to thing about it as I knock around on my 90 lb mild post.

 

I've played music and sung for some time now, and occasionally I even get paid! I used to do a lot of busking at the farmers market and things like that, and people can be very generous to a guy who'll sing and play guitar for them in the very cold.

 

I'm 20 years old, so a short life results in a short description.

 

I guess I'd like to take this as a chance to gush about this forum. It's truly amazing to go through the archived posts and topics here, and the active community of people with experience and the inclination to help someone just starting is also fantastic. I'm really glad to be in contact with all of you.

 

-Morgan Conway Davison

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Howdy all,

I'm a long time lurker, spent many an hour devouring all I could find on this site and others... but mostly this site. I say this site b/c the sharing of info here is really unprecedented. Very few forums have the VAST amount of talented smiths sharing the wealth of hard earned info they have gleaned from hard earned study and experience. I'm humbled by their immense character in wanting nothing more than to grow the craft. You guys are amazing! And I can't thank you enough for the data and inspiration.

 

My name's Damon Kettering. As I stated in my very 1st post, I was raised by a photographer and quite the goody two shoes, yet quite open minded mother. We’re an odd bunch, father was born on Halloween, mother on New Years day and I on July the 5th… for all you Church of the Subgenius fans out there. As such I was exposed to many art forms, wild ideas and kooky personalities growing up. I do believe it’s in my blood, since it helped foster an avid armchair interest in science, dystopian theories, myth and religion. Anyone else miss OMNI magazine? Cut my teeth on that.

 

My interest in finely crafted, edged works of art came about when I was in HS and came across Blade magazine... which featured none other than Mr. Fogg. As a kid, the experience of leafing through that mag set my lil artistic bones on fire. Shortly thereafter, I ground out a stiletto from an old star bit… on an inverted Milwaukee belt sander. When I was younger you couldn’t pry the pencil and sketch pad from my cheetos stained fingers, as every teacher I ever had in school had the pleasure to find out, much to their chagrin. I've left entire desktops scrimshawed with designs of dragons, warriors, beasties of all imagining permanently etched and stained w/permanent marker just to leave my mark. I just have to say sorry to those custodians at Sprayberry. Though, I found out after the fact… many years later that one of those guys took 2 of the desktops home! Suffice it to say, I endured many a scolding, detentions, paddlings for this audacity to put my creative efforts before all else, despite the many warnings. At the time this felt right, and in hindsight I could have put a bit more effort into doing the necessaries to go along to get along. But, that wasn't my path...

 

Long story short, after school I put the pencil and pad down and got to work after a series of dead end jobs then at a consulting firm here in Atlanta. The grind of mundane tasks followed by cubicle hell and never ending spreadsheets simply sapped all creativity. Now that's all over, I quit my professional job shortly before the market bottomed out to pursue my artistic endeavors. That hasn’t panned out so well btw. Crappy economy… fewer customers… selah!

 

I really can’t say that all creative urges were extinguished. About 6 to 7 years ago I got passionate about carving and sculpting again. That helped me center myself enough to continue in the ol’ consulting biz. Just enough to keep me from cracking up, if ya need to know. Most of what I’ve carved isn’t complete as I learn so much just getting to the 70-80% complete phase that I feel compelled to start anew on a bigger challenge. I have completed a few just for giggles to see how they would look completed. Still, esp in winter living in a condo… the pace is DRAGGING….. it’s about time to start carving smaller things like pipes again. I have a huge Green Man on the porch that’s begging for attention.

 

 

I’m a political junkie, love a good conspiracy, scifi fanatic, avid but non practicing neuronaut and my favorite bathroom reading is anything Robert Anton Wilson… or Disinfo press… or Wood Carving mag (the british press, more precisely GMC pubs, not the crap we have here in the states).

 

Someday, very soon mind you, I’m gonna put this knowledge bestowed by you kindly gentlemen to some good use. I’ve quite a few files, a charcoal forge in the works… and time and inspiration to spare. Thanks again for everything from giving a reprieve from cubicle hell to the wealth of info for completing a beautiful edge object de’art.

 

Damon Kettering

 

btw... a green man for your pleasure. And I must credit Chris Pye for the design.

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Your Post is like poetry. Really.

I hope you have it saved somewhere for relatives/future ones to read.

Very well written. (Just stumbled across it is all). B)

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Who am I...?

 

Genetically? I'm 3/4 Irish and 1/4 Welsh. I guess that would make me a Celtic-American (since everybody in the US seems to be a hyphenated "something" nowadays).

 

Personal beliefs? Modern Deism, with a philosophical leaning towards Taoism.

 

Personality? About as easy-going as they come, but most people find me, and my sense of humor, to be a little on the eccentric side.

 

ABS? No. This is just a hobby for me, and the level of dedication required to pass the Master Smith test is not something I'm particularly interested in. I have a bad habit of getting burnt out quickly on any given hobby, and considering how much money I have already invested in this one, I don't want to get burnt out and have several thousand dollars worth of equipment setting unused in my shop.

 

I'm not a member of ABANA either, but I am a member of the Blacksmiths Association of Missouri (B.A.M.), which is affiliated with ABANA.

 

Career? I spent most of my career as a union sheet metal worker, specializing in SS fabrication, mainly TIG welding, and holding multiple AWS certifications as such. Did a lot of food-plant, restaurant, and laboratory type work instead of hanging ductwork like most sheet metal workers, although I did that occasionally as well when extra help was needed. I did some ornamental work, a lot of which was copper, but I also did some stainless sculpture-type work a couple times.

 

My career came to a screeching halt at the age of 40 though, thanks to severe spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease. I knew I was going to have to find a hobby to keep myself occupied, and since I had spent about 22 years working metal with modern equipment, I decided to go back to the "roots" of metal working.

 

Everything in my shop is at a height where I can do everything setting down, as keeping my spine curved relieves most of the pressure on my spinal cord caused by the stenosis. So far, I do all my forge work by hand, but I'm slowly collecting parts to build an "Appalachian" style power hammer.

 

Most of my attention, as far as blades go, has been on Usuba, Deba, and Nakiri. I have been cooking asian foods for years, and being familiar with the Japanese and Chinese style chef knives, I decided to start making my own. I don't have too much trouble with Deba's, but I only have about a 50% success ratio with the thinner Nakiri and Usuba blades so far. I've attempted eleven Usuba's in the last 8 or 9 months, and only five of them have survived the quench.

 

I make cable-damascus, and mono-steel hunting knives occasionally as well, and have recently started working on an extended project, which will incorporate an Art Neuvo theme (due to the influence of some of the other 'smiths on this site). The level of craftsmanship displayed in this forum is a constant inspiration to me, and I have learned quite a bit here.

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Were to start... hmm I'm 23 years old I have two sons Alexander and William ones 4 and ones 5 months I work at pizza hut while searching for better job opportunities. I am recently divorced so I lost everything in that but I still get to see my boys ^_^. Ive been blacksmithing on and off since I was about 13 so probably for 4 years or so, recently I have been looking at it less as a hobby and more of a chance for business. I love all things medieval and historical mainly circa 100 ad - 1550 ad. I'm pagan but accept all people as equal and that includes their religions umm that's about it.

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Hi folks!

I'm 32year old knifemaker (bladesmith? :unsure: ) from Czech Republic. I have got to this craft five years ago. Before that I made replicas of North American Natives art and restored their historical originals for about ten years.

I live in small town Bilovice nad Svitavou near Brno city in South Moravia District with my girlfriend Hana and czechoslovak wolfdog Cipisek (named by fairytale robber's son).

I love hiking, photography, history and slowly roasted bacon :P

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Hello Roman!

Welcome aboard :D

I have a lot of friends in th CZ Republic :

As you sure will see here, Petr Florianek, but also Lubomir Madaric in Brno!

Do you know him?

I'm also honorary member of the BMAC and a very good friend of the cutlers family Pok (Jozef and Otakar)from Pilzen! I was one time in Brno and two times in Pilzen...And visit Prague with Petr Pospisil,a friend also and knifemaker from the City.

We was visited two times CZ and the last ware there with my son for one week.

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Thanks for home-felt invitation guys!

A few months ago Petr told me a lot of superlatives about Bladesmith's Forum. I'm glad to see the professionality and enthusiasm in our craft which is here presented.

Jacques: I know Mr. Madaric as a promoter of a Brno Knife Show but we aren't closed friends. Petr Pospisil is a doyen of Czech knifemakers. He encouraged me a lot when I was beginner.

Nice to read you visit Czeh republic so often. Hope to see you at some time!

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Thanks for home-felt invitation guys!

A few months ago Petr told me a lot of superlatives about Bladesmith's Forum. I'm glad to see the professionality and enthusiasm in our craft which is here presented.

Jacques: I know Mr. Madaric as a promoter of a Brno Knife Show but we aren't closed friends. Petr Pospisil is a doyen of Czech knifemakers. He encouraged me a lot when I was beginner.

Nice to read you visit Czeh republic so often. Hope to see you at some time!

 

 

Nice to read that you know friends of mine. I have also 2 knives from Jan Slezak that I had seen in Brno with Lubos and he came also in Gembloux for our first knife show.

Jaroslav Brixi come also each year there and is a "life member" of our association, the BKS :D

Both "Petr" made knives for me :)

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