News, Updates, and Tutorials.

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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Apr
17
2012
I remember when I was trying to figure out how to mark my knives, there wasn’t much out there on the internet other than expensive stamps or electric etching machines. I didn’t invent this...

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Apr
17
2012
I learned to build knives mostly by trial and error, and by reading all kinds of material online.  It seems there is a lack of simple tutorials, so I thought I’d make a few.   This one,...

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Jan
13
2012
I’ve deer hunted with my best friend for nearly 25 years in Llano, TX.  His place provides the inspiration for this model, the Llano Legend.  A great hunting and skinning knife, this blade is...

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Nov
25
2011
This is one of my two named models.  I call it the Spicewood Special, after Spicewood, TX, where my grandparents going back three generations have farmed and ranched.   I still deer hunt there, eating the...

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Aug
22
2011
Like most good dads, I try to help my kids be involved in what I’m involved in.  My 6 year old son Jared approached me the other day while I was drawing out knife...

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Aug
21
2011
I’ve taken the next step in the knifemaker progression and started making a few folding knives. I’m not fast at them yet, but the knifemaking skills still translate into a fine custom piece. I...

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Jul
26
2010
Schrade knife company made many classic designs before going out of business in 2004.  Their designs inspired these knives.   This knife is 1080 with osage handles and stainless pins.   This next handle...

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May
7
2010
This knife is a clip point version of a small skinning knife.  Overall length is 8 inches, with a blade length of 3 3/4 inches.  Handle material is cocobolo wood with brass pins and...

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