Its been a few since I have posted any work. I have gotten lazy with the Instagram feed doing all the work for me. Instagram is great but it does little to explain the work or thought that goes into a knife.
I have been focusing on details with some success. I study the knives of the greats trying to figure out how they do it! How do they get perfect symmetry, zero scratches, and perfect fit on scales and guards? I believe I have it figured out. Its simple.. years and years of working at it , patiently.
What I mean by that is, building a lot of knives won’t help a blade smith/ stock removal maker get any better.
It goes back to the old saying ” practice doesn’t make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.”
I have stopped the deadlines from my customers. I try to get a knife built in two months max but it can be longer. I’d rather take my time and build the knife at my own pace , than haul butt and leave a scratch or not be perfect on my plunge lines. Not that I purposely would do that. Its an example.
Even then, it will still take years to get to that point. I guess that is what makes legends , legendary.
On the other hand:
Talking with a professional blade smith tonight , the subject came up about makers that purposely build to keep a rustic appearance on the knife. Meaning leaving scratches , and hammer marks. Signatures that a knife was hand made. Its been seen as a trend for sometime now and I wonder if its because we have a couple generations that want to see imperfect, working art made by a person. As if that knife is conscious or a part of its creator. By owning it you own a part of that magic.
Who knows? I might be making something of nothing or I might be on to something.
My personal preference is both kinds of knives. I respect a working tool, meant to be used and not put on a shelf. I also strive to achieve the perfectly made knife as so many of the Art Knives have inspired my attempts.
In a time where so much knowledge is present and at our fingers.. lets not declare a winner, just enjoy the variety. Unless someone is making a big pile of crap.. that’s never cool. N.J.H.
Oh and here are some projects I’ve been working on. Let me know what you think!