Sunday, September 25, 2011

Ken Steigerwalt is a friend as well as being one of the best knifemakers in the business.  Ken's knives show great creativity and outstanding fit and finish.  This is the most recent knife I have gotten from Ken;

You can see some more of Ken's wonderful Art Deco Style knives on the Custom Knives Community Page on FaceBook.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Michael Quesenberry rising talent

I was having a conversation with Tim Hancock and the name of an ABS JS with whom he was working came up; Michael Quesenberry.  Tim said to watch this guy as he was a talent and would surely become a name within the knife world.  I looked at some pictures of Michaels work online and liked what I saw so I contacted him and based on our conversations I decided to commission a knife.  Here is the result;

I am quite pleased with the outcome.  Michael maintained great communication through the process.  He asked about trying some new techniques and I said go for it. Specs: 10" Damascus blade of 1084 & 15N20, three piece spacer of twist Damascus that's been grooved, a 23k gold plated nickel silver accent liners, Mammoth ivory scales with domed nickel silver pins and the frame and guard are parkerized O-1.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Master Smith Kyle Royer

Kyle Royer earned his MS (Master Smith) rating at this years Blade Show.  His order book extends about 5 years or so and for good reason.  This is my first piece from Kyle and it's a beauty.

It has a 9 1/2 inch blade and it’s forged from 1080 and 15N20 in a Tight Mosaic, four bar Twist Damascus Pattern. The handle is premium blue/cream colored Mammoth Ivory which I supplied to Kyle. The fittings are of the same damascus pattern as the blade and they have 18 karat green gold inlays. The fittings have also been gun blued. The liners are made of German Silver and have been coined with forty lines per inch. The guard is oval with coining and round grooves around its profile. Kyle made the sheath too and it has a Diamondback Rattlesnake skin overlay.