week, the work of two bladesmiths have come to our attention, and we
have again chosen to share their stories with you.
"I'm a trained watchmaker/jeweller who
developed an interest for knives over the years. I currently work in a
small workshop in the province of Quebec (Canada) making various types
of knives and tools.
Like watchmaking, bladesmithing is a field where one never stops
learning. I like making knives that challenge me in both design and
construction as much as possible. I also find great satisfaction in
taking raw materials and combining them together to create not only a
functional tool, but an object of beauty.
Recently, I had the opportunity of combining my passion for horology and
bladesmithing by creating custom watchmaker's case openers. They are
all made individually from my own damascus steel following the
My favourite type of knives are the ones that I know will be used by the
customer, from a large kitchen knife to a small folding knife. Knowing
that one of my blades will be used and cherished by its owner for many
years to come is what makes me happy at the end of the day. "
"I began making custom knives in
November 2013 while in high school. I wanted my father’s Christmas
present to be special that year so I came up with the idea of making him
a knife for when we would go camping and fishing. I never had the
intention of making knives to sell but quickly it would become my full
I began with almost zero knowledge of making a knife other than it
had to be hardened somehow and be sharp. After over 60 hours of work and
dozens of hours of research, I had completed my father’s knife with its
rough shape, filed bevels, rudimentary heat treat, and crude Osage
orange wood scales. While labouring on this piece I fell in love with
the process of taking a piece of steel and turning it into something
beautiful and useful.
I quickly began reaching out to other knife makers and tried to soak
up as much knowledge as I possibly could. Being so young and so
enthusiastic about the process of making a knife these other makers were
excited to share their tips and tricks of making a quality knife with
me. I was also fortunate enough to live close to Rob Thomas, a world
class Damascus smith who took me under his wing and taught me how to
forge a quality steel. I began investing all of my money into new
machines and spent most of my days designing with dreams of making a
I finished my first folder in July 2014 and since then have created
several other models that have opened up new knowledge and trials for
me. One of my favourite and best knives I have made to this day has a
san mai blade that Rob Thomas and myself forged with a thunderstorm
Kevlar micarta overlay on the show scale and for the back spacer. Trying
new materials, styles, and fine tuning details to perfection is now my
passion and I am extremely grateful to everyone who has supported me and
helped me make this dream a reality."