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Photos SharpByCoop's Gallery of Handmade Knives

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by SharpByCoop, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    Chris Smith from Kentucky sent me this substantial fighter and his own sheath. I LOVED the angular facets intermingled with the soft rounded walnut handle. His low-count damascus steel is very visual.
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    Rusty Waide (Triple C Knives) challenged anyone to have a more engaging set of mammoth ivory scales. WOW! He's from Missouri and so is Jody Muller who did his engraving on the copper bolsters.
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    He drew upon sheathmaker Steve Brooks for a spectacular side-mounted belt sheath
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    If you want versatility in design and materials, look NO further than KC Gray, from Tuscon, AZ. Each of these has a different personality.
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    He used Alpha stag 'texture tech' material for great visuals and grip on this flipper framelock.
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    What a sturdy and colorful 'liner lock' he's got going on. Great clip, too. One to watch!
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  2. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    Susan, Trevor and I returned from Australia. We were flown out to cover photography for a Show by the Australian 'Knife Art Association' by it's principal board members. WOW!

    I added a TON of images and impressions from the Sydney Knife Show in a separate thread (as I usually do with Shows).

    The makers and Show were inescapably impressive. Read and view here:

    Sydney Knife Show - 2019

    Going further, I was surrounded with AMAZING people. The Makers from Australia were also 'tour guides' and 'Bed and Breakfast' hosts. We were pampered from being picked up at the Airport at 7:15am by Corin Urquhart, and shown the heart of the city through a ferry ride to Manly beach via the harbor, and then to climb up the Sydney Bridge Pylons.

    He brought us to our luxurious hotel near the Show site, and that evening we went to a mysterious 'medieval' restaurant serving 'grub and grog' in a gloomy cellar atmosphere with a BUNCH of other attendees to the show. YUM!

    We then spent three days setting up and shooting at the show. (In a VERY modern facility!) See link above.

    Afterwards, Keith Fludder took over and whisked us about 40 miles (60km?) to Tahmoor, where he has a 'ranch' with his home and shop. It was another highlight to stay with him, and his charming wife Robynn in such a rural 'bush country' setting.

    We chilled for a day going for a walk and more, and needed some down time. Because....

    ...The next day Corin met us again and we went north of Sydney to the Blue Mountains area, and his past scouting/trailguide experience had us visit 'Deep Pass', Wollemi Natl. Park, Glow Worm Tunnel, Govett's Leap promontory, and the Three Sisters Park. What an exhausting, exhilarating day.

    Final day Keith and Robynn drove us to 'Symbio Wildlife Park' for an educational and CLOSE look at the legendary wildlife in Australia.

    We left in the evening and arrived in LA for a little tour in our stayover. See the two images of iconic Hollywood.

    Here are the photos I took from LAX to AUS and then back to LAX. I missed much, yet I captured a TON! Click below:

    Australian Show, and Bush Country visit

    Knife Content:

    I was privileged to offer and have a LARGE group attend a seminar on my work and knife photography in general at the Show. Over 50 folks stuck around after the Show to listen in on my 30 min presentation with Q&A afterwards. I was told it was VERY informative and interesting.

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    Toby Murrill (Murrill & Son Forge) has a thriving Youtube channel (Toby, Fire and Steel), and asked if I would sit still for a Q&A interview with Him at the Show. Well, alright! It was a bit of what I talked about in the seminar, and yet he kept it in his style. 20 mins of interview. You WILL learn a lot about me and my processes.



    I also had the opportunity to sit in on a lively podcast with some of the makers in their new series: Knifemaking Down Under. It is on iTunes and Spotify I am told, and yet the link I will give you is also on Youtube:

    Knifemaking DownUnder podcast, with Corin Urquhart, Keith Fludder, Kevin Slattery, Mert Tansu, and me. It's an hour of more good info and tall tales.

    There is a LOT of stuff to go through if you wish. This is mostly self serving, yeah but who doesn't like captivating photos and smart information. :thumbsup::thumbsup:

    Thanks for watching!
     
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  3. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    Note: Testing a method that is quick and easy to transfer and copy my Instagram daily posts, right here.

    It's a LOT of cut and paste (Including a sneaky Instagram image URL finder), but here's the result.

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    @KASknives Ken Steigerwalt just COMMANDS our attention with this ‘Bauhaus’ sculpted folder. He’s THE master of this style and this particular piece was just sold at the prestigious AKI Show in San Diego.⁣
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    ⁣Look closely at the way the choil and the blade are cut from one piece of metal. ⁣
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    ⁣All you other makers are looking at this and going: “Whew….” Amiright?⁣
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    ⁣I just shot (4) smaller, more traditional (read affordable) versions of his sought-after knives and I will post a pair of them later today.⁣
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    ⁣Ken WILL be at the NYCKS in two weeks. See us there!
     
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  4. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
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    I promised to post TWO more of his sweetheart pocket knives. @KASknives Ken Steigerwalt sent me these and two. I will show two more sometime in thw near future. Yes, he makes VERY high end work. Yes, he makes affordable knives too!⁣
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    ⁣Available at the #NYCKS in two weeks!
     
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  5. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    Ron @Appleton_Knives carries a tradition of mesmerizing sculpted folders with the WILDEST of intricate locks and mechanics. The knives are always so organic, and yet the mechanical structure is so rigid and exacting.

    Pressure on the two discs allow the blade to swing open, yet it LOCKS into place as soon as you release tension. How…??!!! It’s the best of BOTH worlds! This one from the past AKI show.

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  6. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    He is one of the *most* revered makers in OUR world. THIS is why. @WolfgangLoerchner uses minimal or no power tools, and makes his own files to painstakingly and skillfully hand-make works of beauty, art, and function.

    I know you agree. #AKI2019

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  7. BluesStringer

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    I spent many of my youthful years as a silversmith. I've never done chasing, chiseling, texturing or stamping on steel or Ti, but I've done many of the same kinds of design features in silver as this knife displays. Not only can I not fathom how such fine detail might be cut or stamped into whatever much harder material than silver the bolsters etc. are made of, I wouldn't have the first clue how to make my own files to accomplish the tasks. Just knowing that detail of Mr. Loerchner's processes while making a knife makes me respect his abilities before even seeing what he actually created while employing them. Plus, I'm a sucker for blue knives! In short, WOW!

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  8. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    The knife build by Michael Walker is only eclipsed by the late Patricia Walker’s *stunning* engraving artistry.

    One of MY very faves. The talent runs DEEP in the Walker studio. :)

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  9. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    Andreas Kalani Is *ready* for a Bushcraft outing! Read his important description: “This Bushcraft set primarily is for outdoor functions. It comes in handy when you’re camping in the wilderness and need good tools to fill your survival kit. You can use this set for cutting / carving wood, Hunting / Fishing, Starting a Fire, Cooking and much more…” Believe me, I was THOROUGHLY impressed as well.

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  10. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    Award-winning maker Anders @HogstromKnives *walks* away with the honors! This impossible bronze sword-cane artistry features a ‘Rooster-Hawk’ sculpted head.

    Read about his build here:
    Model: The Rooster Hawk (Sword cane)
    BL/OAL: 23” / 36”
    Material: Twist pattern @damasteelab
    Forged_by: Damasteel stainless damascus
    Bolster: Bronze Hawk’s head with Jet comb inlay and copper eyes
    Handle: Bronze/ damasteel/copper twist-lock “neck”
    Frame: Curly oak stick with bronze end ferrule and rubber tip
    Knife Comments: The head was carved in wax, then cast. All work by me and done in house. No milling machines, CNC or the like was used in the creation of this piece.

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  11. Lorien

    Lorien KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 5, 2005
    Jim, your photo of that Loerchner piece is stunning. Great use of a complementary palette, really makes that thing pop
     
  12. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    Lorien - Thank you. He's ALWAYS a fave to capture.

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    Well, I’ll be….! This traditional slip-joint was just finished by Ken Steigerwalt @KASknives. They carry style cues from his more ornate art knives, yet are not out of reach by ‘regular’ collectors. He SURE knows how to please! (He will have it available at the NYCKS this weekend!)
     
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  13. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    Color me IMPRESSED! @JeremyKrammes_Knives has always used his wonderful sense of curves and artistry to create a dress ‘Urban Folder’ (my definition), which also has mechanics as functional as the looks are bold.

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  14. Lorien

    Lorien KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 5, 2005
    I've absorbed enough of your work to know the jobs you REALLY like doing!

     
  15. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    “Ay, Karambit!” @GrumpyCrowForge Andrew Geaslin, created a *fascinating* Karambit defense tool. It’s as potent as it is diminutive.⁣⁣
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    ⁣⁣Read how he did it below:⁣⁣
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    ⁣⁣Model: Snakebite Karambit⁣⁣
    ⁣⁣BL/OAL: 1.75”/5.75”⁣⁣
    ⁣⁣Material: 80crv2⁣⁣
    ⁣⁣Handle: Thuya burl with bronze pins⁣⁣
    ⁣⁣Frame: 80crv2⁣⁣
    ⁣⁣Knife Comments: Domed, bronze through pins hold a single piece of thuya burl (there are no scales)⁣⁣
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    ⁣⁣He is now part of the uber-talented community, sharing space at #DragonsBreathForge. Congratulations! I have more to show from his skilled hands.⁣⁣


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  16. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    Yes. It's a *Trident*! @JamieLundell dives deep in his skillsets to create this otherworldly weapon of royal prominence. It's 6' long with the profound stem.

    Wow! Bravo.

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    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    @CarothersPerformance sure knows how to APPEAL! These similar utilities share steel and handle construction. One of them is antique micarta and the OTHER (hollow grind) is desert ironwood. Both have dark Micarta backing. ⁣⁣
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    ⁣⁣Those cool milled handles have great ergos!⁣⁣
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    ⁣⁣His availability is open only to those who follow his work when posted. Be READY!⁣⁣

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    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    Complicated? Yes. Gratifying? CHECK! @grumpycrowforge attains one of *the* hardest hallmarks of a bladesmith: The ‘keyhole’ build.

    Model: Bird and Trout Keyhole Hunter
    BL/OAL: 4”/8.5”
    Material: 1084
    Bolster: 316 Stainless
    Handle: Gaboon Ebony

    Andrew Geaslin is new and TALENTED! Follow him.
    #dragonsbreathforge

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    Oct 8, 2001
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