Thursday, April 6, 2017

Plum Dagger by David Goldberg

Kinzan (David Goldberg), has been in involved with Japanese Samurai Swords and sword arts for over 30 years.  He is a highly sought after world renown master swordsmith & swordsman, as well as a martial arts self defense Sensei and a traditionally licensed sword smith in Japan. He devotes his life to the creation, care and preservation of Samurai swords, swordsmanship arts, and Japanese culture, his love and devotion to Japanese swords, sword history, and Japanese culture carries' through into his work. His craftsmanship, understanding of correct metallurgy, geometry, and tradition, makes his work classically beautiful, functional, and collectable.  This piece is called the Plum Dagger.







Sunday, March 12, 2017

Another cool piece from Brian Chovanec

This piece is called "Chamois", the name stems from the handle material, Chamois horn (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamois ).  Other features of this knife are a blade of Randy Haas "Explosion" pattern Damascus, carved bronze fittings with a Celtic flare and Mother of Pearl inlays. Inside the wooden case it is shape moulded and felt lined along with a certificate of authenticity, the sheath is hand laced leather with deer skin, Reticulated Python skin and hand carved bronze bling with a Celtic pattern.








Saturday, January 7, 2017

Forgotten #2 by Brian Chovanec

This unique and beautiful work of art is from Brian Chovanec.  This piece is "Forgotten #2", the back story on the naming of this piece has to do with memories now forgotten and symbolicly covered with cobwebs.  This knife features a blade of 52100 steel (used in ball bearings and such) at a 60 HRC (rockwell hardness) hand rubbed satin finish to 2k grit, flat ground hidden tang construction, hand sanded to 2k grid, flat ground with a zero secondary bevel ,convex edge, stippled and blued flats for contrast, the guard and pommel are Damascus, spacers are copper, the handle is hand carved stag inlayed with bronze wire and shredded sterling silver background.

Brian lives in Slovakia and is an Australian expat. The knife, as are all his works, is 100% handmade (handheld tools only), an original one of a kind with no repeats











Saturday, December 3, 2016

Engraved knives, I'm a long time fan.

Here are a few beauties;

First up an Osborne dagger with gold accents and Black Lip Pearl inlays engraved by Brian Hochstrat with a Hunter & Hunted theme.



This next piece is another Osborne, this one a Double Pocket Locket with Roman Colosseum theme



and last a Tom Overeynder dagger with Black Lip Pearl inlays and an Eagle hunting/fishing theme executed by Lisa Tomlin

Thursday, October 6, 2016

John Young deluxe Bowie

John Young is one of the top makers of Loveless style fixed blades and is creative in developing some unique offerings of his own.  Here is a Deluxe Bowie he built for me several years ago. Enjoy.





Friday, August 5, 2016

Loveless Knives

Bob Loveless was/is perhaps the most famous and influential of all custom knifemakers.  Frankly, I don't want to take the time to support that statement here but perhaps, if you are interested and not already familiar with Bob Loveless and his history you might enjoy this website www.boblovelessknives.com and learn more about the man.  I wanted to take the opportunity to share pictures of some of my favorite Loveless knives.  So;

Nessmuk

Stiff Horn

Utility Horn (very rare, 4 or 5 made)

Drop Point (the most famous Loveless design)

I tend to favor the stag handles and some of the smaller models even though the larger double edge blade models are typically the most sought after and valuable of the Loveless patterns.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Brian Chovanec Persian Fighter

I have been watching Brian Chovanec on FaceBook for some time now, the knives he makes have been very interesting.  I decided to get one.  Presenting the Persian Fighter by Brian Chovanec.  This amazing work of art features a hollow ground, mirror polished blade, bronze fittings, warthog spacers, carved Turkish walnut handle, copper pins and Amethysts set in some of the pins.  The snakes have stainless steel tongues and copper eyes (the guard and pommel are not cast, they are actually carved from one solid piece of brass).  Brian lives in Slovakia and is an Australian expat.  This knife is 100% handmade (handheld tools only), an original one of a kind with no repeats.  Pretty cool so I thought to share.