News, Updates, and Tutorials.

Oct
16
2018
Now that I have a power hammer to work with, I’ve been forging a few tomahawks from ball peen hammers. I’ve got hammer heads from 12oz up to about 2 pounds. Hawks can be...

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Oct
3
2018
I will be doing bladesmithing demonstrations at the Silver Spur Gun and Knife Show at the Lubbock Civic Center October 13 and 14. Demonstrations will be in the early afternoon, time to be determined....

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Sep
25
2018
I guess they were out of regular news, because they put a story about me on the front page of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Tuesday, 9/25/18. A link to the full article is below....

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Sep
24
2018
History Channel just posted a YouTube video of the shop tour I did as part of the Forged in Fire experience. The video also has a recipe from Spicy Mike for his habanero-banana hot...

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Sep
5
2018
Here’s the post-showing interview.    

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Aug
30
2018
I am pleased to announce that I will be on Forged in Fire on September 4, 2018.  I cannot release any other details at this time, but will post more information as I am...

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Aug
7
2018
Back in September 2017, Texas passed a law legalizing the carry of certain knives that used to be illegal, including the Bowie knife. To commemorate the legalization of the iconic bowie, Knife Rights recruited...

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Sep
18
2017
I was fortunate to be on the Abilene ABC station’s 10:00 News on 9/15/17. I spoke about the knifemaking craft and about the recent change in Texas’ knife laws. The link to the video...

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Sep
1
2014
Back in December of last year, for my 300th knife I built a frame handle hunter. I took work-in-progress pictures and posted the WIP on several forums. Today I realized that it wasn’t on...

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Sep
1
2014
I recently did a work-in-progress thread on several forums on how to do a checkered knife handle. The link to the WIP is below. http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php/1215059-Knife-handle-checkering-WIP Here is a picture of the finished knife.

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Feb
25
2014
One of the questions I get asked frequently is “how long does it take to make a knife?” There are two kinds of time involved in knifemaking: hands on skill time, and waiting time. ...

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Nov
16
2013
In September 2012 I finished building my 2×72 No Weld Grinder with a 1 HP motor and step pulleys for three speeds.  This was a major improvement over my Craftsman 2×42.  Today I finished...

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Oct
8
2013
Here are some basic heat treating instructions for several common knife steels.  These instructions are based primarily off of internet sources, particularly Kevin Cashen’s page, but also from various Bladeforums posts and my own experience...

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Apr
8
2013
I have signed up for a table at the Lone Star Knife Expo at Market Hall in Dallas, TX April 13-14.  The website with the show info is www.lonestarknifeexpo.com  I have 20 knives ready as...

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Mar
27
2013
I was blessed to have a knife published in the March 2013 issue of Texas Monthly magazine.  The author, Kristie Ramirez, contacted me while we were in the middle of a serious family health...

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Dec
24
2012
Proverbs says “Raise up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”  Along with faith, hunting has been a part of my family...

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Nov
24
2012
My friend Chris Rylander and I first had class together in third grade.  By fifth grade, he’d invited me hunting at his ranch.  We’ve hunted 23 out of the last 26 years.  Our hunt...

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Sep
22
2012
After four years of grinding with a 2×42 Craftsman, I finally finished my “big boy” knife grinder.  Back in January 2012 I bought the frame from another knifemaker who fell on hard times.  Over...

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Jul
22
2012
I have probably 100 pages of knife sketches. Especially when I was starting out, I drew knives all the time. It is an interesting study to see how the designs evolved over time. After...

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Apr
17
2012
The vine and thorns filework pattern is one of the more popular filework patterns.  Almost every knife maker attempts it at one point.  After I’d done it a few times, I decided to make a...

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