Joey Berry Apprentice Graduation Congratulation Thread

Discussion in 'Fiddleback Forge Knives' started by Fiddleback, Aug 5, 2020.

  1. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    Well you folks have watched many of my apprentices begin, then grow, then come into their skills and make fine knives. Once again we are at that point. My friend and apprentice Joey Berry came aboard close to two years ago. When he first appeared, he was already making very competent knives. He also came aboard with a lot of shop talent, having been a professionally trained gunsmith during his life. This made for a special kind of apprentice relationship. Mostly what I needed to teach Joey was do's and don'ts of knife design, and simple tips and tricks that we use to make these knives for y'all.

    It really blew me away when he started going into the back and knocking out badass kitchen knives. Kitchen knives are the hardest full tang knives to grind. Joey was completely undaunted by this and went at it full force. In addition, due to his career as a butcher for many years he had very specific ideas about how a kitchen knife should work. And he just stared nailing these beautiful kitchen knives with amazing grinds time after time.

    As you've noticed lately, his grinds, his tapered tangs, his handles, and his models are all dead on.

    Well, last week he presented me with this small camp hatchet. Its made out of Pops 8670 and sharp as a razor. The tang is tapered as well. Its a very fun little hatchet to use, and because of the toughness of 8670, he set the heat treat at 61rc. Thats awesome for a hatchet. I've gone out and banged it around, and I really like this little thing.

    So, here we are. Officially, Joseph Dwayne Berry has graduated from the Fiddleback Forge Apprentice Program. Watch out for his knives going forward. I expect them to get better and better. He is definitely an up and coming talent.

    Joey has decided to stay on at Fiddleback Forge in a management role. His knives will continue to appear on my Fiddleback Friday threads as well. You can also find and inquire about purchase directly from Joey at his instagram page @JBKnifeworks

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  2. Choppaman

    Choppaman Gold Member Gold Member

    May 6, 2017
    Way to go @JBKnifeworks Congratulation Joey! :thumbsup: Wish you best of luck!! Glad to see you are sticking around Fiddleback Forge.
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  3. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    I'm very happy he is sticking around as well.
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  4. NoRest

    NoRest Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 27, 2015
    Congrats Joey! I look forward to owning more of your knives in the future. A kitchen knife is next on my list.. I too am glad you'll be sticking around the Fiddleback shop.
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  5. prom52

    prom52 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 13, 2014
    Congratulations JB and best wishes for continued success !

    I'll never forget your demonstration of how your kitchen knives could flex at Blade Show. Impressive grinds, heat treat and handle design.
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  6. James River

    James River Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 14, 2019
    Congrats! Looking forward to picking up one of your blades one day.
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  7. jaz322

    jaz322 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2015
    Way to go, JB!
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  8. Toppcats

    Toppcats Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 13, 2019
    JB - Despite my being one of the novice members of this forum, I have noticed the unique design details in your knife production that is yours and yours alone. The axes shown above are a perfect example of what I'm referring to - yes, they are axes - but wow are they good looking as well as being perfectly functional. !! Congratulations !!
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  9. Twisted Forest

    Twisted Forest Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 21, 2017
    Congratulations Joey!
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  10. Rufus Magnus

    Rufus Magnus Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 8, 2019
    Congratulations Joey,my wife is very happy with the Pink Gyuto she got recently and cares for it very much.I cherish the GPK black micarta red stripe that joined my nascent Fiddleback collection!
  11. Bmurray

    Bmurray Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    congrats @JBKnifeworks. can't wait to see you produce a fine quality knife
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  12. Kismet

    Kismet Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 30, 2002
    My very best wishes for a long and happy career as JBKnifeworks, Jerry.
    I don't have the skills, but I envy the apprenticeship journey with Fiddleback you have had.

    Joy to your world!
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  13. David L

    David L Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 8, 2018
    My J.B. Knifeworks American Gyuto is awesome! I have not had that long but it is my favorite kitchen knife already.
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  14. Fishcharmer

    Fishcharmer Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2020
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  15. RobbieB

    RobbieB Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 13, 2017
    Congratulations Joey! I look forward to seeing your work each week.
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  16. varga49

    varga49 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 1, 2016
    Congratulations JB, I’ve been eyeing your kitchen knives from the beginning. I hope to be among the lucky guys who gets one. Sooner than later!!!
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  17. JRTufts


    Jan 11, 2020
    Congratulations @JBKnifeworks looking forward to seeing more beautiful knives from you!
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  18. Hulk2e

    Hulk2e Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 18, 2014
    Congrats, Joey.
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  19. Moosedog01

    Moosedog01 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2017
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  20. Comprehensivist

    Comprehensivist Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 23, 2008
    Congratulations Joey! I have enjoyed watching the evolution of your designs, particularly your kitchen knives. You are in a good groove now. I wish you lots of success in your endeavors.

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