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2020 Summer Kitchen Knife Kith

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by Willie71, May 16, 2020.

  1. Willie71

    Willie71 Warren J. Krywko. Part Time Knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 23, 2013
    Ok, so there is interest. I will host the 2020 Summer Kitchen Knife Kith. For those who don’t know, a Kith stands for knife in the hat, a practise from the Great Depression where people would put their knife in a hat, and they would be randomly selected to be used for the day whittling. For our purposes, each person will make a knife to be completed by 01 September 2020. There is no obligation from signing up. If you don’t finish in time, no worries. After the deadline, I will do a random draw and provide shipping information for each person who completed a knife with the name and address of the recipient. International members are welcome, but please check your local laws regarding shipping knives to prevent problems.

    The rules are quite minimal. Make any style kitchen knife you want, but we will have a minimum 5” blade length, or if you want to do a smaller knife, like a steak knife, make a pair to equalize things.

    Perfection is not required, just make the beat knife you can. Use quality materials, but this is about giving, not receiving. If you make a damascus knife with mammoth ivory, you likely won’t get something equivalent in return. The best part of a Kith is getting a knife in the hands of another maker. Having a knife reviewed by a more seasoned Smith is a great way to learn, and newer smiths receiving a more experienced makers knife shows what we can aspire to. Please check with the maker if they prefer feedback on the public forum, or in private.

    Post pics of progress, and ask questions as you go.
    Last edited: May 17, 2020
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  2. CallumRD1


    Jan 10, 2020
    I'd be interested
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  3. Storm W

    Storm W

    Feb 19, 2019
    I'm in.
  4. DustinY

    DustinY KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 29, 2016
    I'm in.
  5. imill3567

    imill3567 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 5, 2014
    I’d be interested as well.
  6. eric brinkerhoff

    eric brinkerhoff

    Mar 10, 2013
    I'd be interested too.
  7. Kevin Kf knives

    Kevin Kf knives

    Jul 2, 2018
    This guy
  8. Daniel W

    Daniel W

    May 1, 2019
    I’d like to join
  9. TheEdge01


    Apr 3, 2015
    I’m a relatively new maker and have never participated in something like this. I may have to give this a shot myself. I’m in
    Last edited: May 18, 2020
  10. Taqtaq


    Jun 10, 2018
    I’m in
  11. Skiller1nc


    Jun 27, 2016
    Im in
  12. A. Matthews

    A. Matthews Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 4, 2017
    I ended up not finishing my knife for the last KITH in time, so I’m going to jump on this one. I’ve been wanting to make a kitchen knife anyways. I’m in
  13. Travis Talboys

    Travis Talboys KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 30, 2018
    I'm in as well.
  14. scott kozub

    scott kozub Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 1, 2018
    Count me in.
  15. timos-


    Oct 22, 2012
    im in
  16. buckmaster96


    Jan 6, 2012
    I'd be interested. I have really been trying to work on refining things and would like to hear what someone with more knowledge thinks
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  17. TheEdge01


    Apr 3, 2015
    I’m in the same boat you are. My work has improved a lot, but I’m still trying to get everything fine tuned.
  18. Kevin Cross

    Kevin Cross KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 13, 2006
    Count me in, afterall it's not like we have to go to shows this summer.
  19. Shane Csepp

    Shane Csepp Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 21, 2019
    I'm In! Last one was fun so might as well jump in again. Thanks for running!
  20. A.McPherson

    A.McPherson KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 27, 2012
    I'd like to join but it's just too damn hot down here to get any real work done, in any sort of reliable time frame.

    Plus my last KITH knife still hasn't arrived at it's intended location in Canada...
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