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Lost Art: Made By Hand

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 18,927

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

  2. stealthcruiser
    Joined: Dec 24, 2002
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  3. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 26,476


    That is an interesting series. Years ago I tried to make a knife out of an old flat file following directions out of some magazine but I didn't have the right tools to do it then.
    Thanks for sharing it.
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  5. Racrdad
    Joined: Jul 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,208


    I really enjoy these videos, they are so inspirational and really capture the true American spirit. Thanks Ryan, you made my day with this one!
  6. stude_trucks
    Joined: Sep 13, 2007
    Posts: 4,755


    That guy has got it. I'm not really even into knives or even cooking, but after seeing that I kind of want to get some of those knives.
  7. Sinner
    Joined: Nov 5, 2001
    Posts: 191


    He really needs to wear saftey glasses!!
  8. I work with a guy who makes custom knives,all by hand. They are AMAZING! AND! very expensive!!!
    Great video,Ryan.
  9. Ian Berky
    Joined: Nov 28, 2007
    Posts: 3,643

    Ian Berky

    Such great talent!!! And beautiful video. What a cool dude!!! Thanx for sharing!!
  10. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,599

    from SUGAR CITY

    Awesome video. I really like how he pointed out the need to master a craft BEFORE you can create art. Like you have to put you time and dues in before you can move forward in that world. Tattooing really is one of the last artistry disciplines where you have to do an apprenticeship before you can even start in the field. And I believe it makes for a better product in any instance. People who want it bad enough stick around to cut their teeth on the skill of the masters before them. Robots don't know any better.
  11. Frankie47
    Joined: Dec 20, 2008
    Posts: 1,727

    from omaha ne.

    An old world craft master in 2011........that young man would fit in in any age/century of metal work.
  12. Captain Ned
    Joined: Oct 22, 2010
    Posts: 5

    Captain Ned
    from Vermont

    Off topic?

    Not in the least. Art is art, be it pencil, paint, or hot metal.

    I suddenly have a hankering for some seriously expensive cooking irons.
  13. Having dabbled in knives I will have to say it is one of the hardest things I have ever attempted! Every flaw will show in the end. Shots of one of my primitives is on the Gear Journal. Looks like he uses the stock removal process which is what I have done in the past. His hand at sanding is REALLY good. Looking forward to doing some blacksmithing now that I have a forge. Neat video, VERY inspirational.
  14. plhildy
    Joined: Aug 4, 2007
    Posts: 30

    from Clovis, Ca

    it is interesting to listen to someone who has ben "educated" discover work. I have bumped into those folks over the years. The reactions are not always the same, but there is an "ah haw" sort of moment. I am as fasinated by colonial American history as hot rods, and back in the good old days (they wern't) the apperntice worke from 5 - 7 years before becomming a journyman. Inderesting word, on your way to becomming a master? In Jewish history a man was not considered complete untill he was educated (bookish) and had a trade skill at which he could earn a living. Great ideas, lets get to work.
  15. caseyscustoms
    Joined: May 15, 2005
    Posts: 1,031

    from st.joe, MO

    awesome video, he sells those fuckers for like 700 bucks too!
  16. bowtiemyk
    Joined: Feb 3, 2005
    Posts: 176


    Soon to be - The Lost Art: Made by Braille -WHERE ARE YOUR SAFETY GLASSES!!!
  17. glenn33
    Joined: Sep 11, 2006
    Posts: 1,836

    from Browns, IL

    The man is a true artist and craftsman. Wonder what his stuff sells for?

  18. Slick Willy
    Joined: Aug 3, 2008
    Posts: 3,008

    Slick Willy

    I love old hand made knives and that video was awesome! Id love to see some of his older hunting knives, but the kitchen stuff is just as cool!
    This is my "barn find"! circa 1860, and still holds an incredible edge!
    Thanks for posting, again, Ryan!

  19. hugh m
    Joined: Jul 18, 2007
    Posts: 2,148

    hugh m
    from ct.

    I'ts really neat when these folks are articulate enough to really explain themselves. Seems like a bunch of the younger artists/artisan types discovered their callings after their education. Makes for pretty well rounded, (even though a little serious), attitude. Nice to see these supposedly off topic stories every once in a while.
  20. Dan10
    Joined: Aug 14, 2007
    Posts: 386

    from Joplin

    I have been making knives as christmas presents for a few years now. There most definately is a learning curve but the awe that people have when they unsheath a great tool is really satisfying. I've had offers on several of them, but they are gifts and its hard to part with them. I was offered $300 for the first knife I made that has less than $30 in it. Can't sell it, it was my first. I have recently taken up hand stitching sheathes for hunting knives because it is useless if you can't carry it. Made several different hunting knives from elk skinners to duck gutters and big and small fillet knives. Pairing and boning knives for the kitchen and even a set of steak knives. The creative options are overwhelming and it really is alot of fun. I picked up a new trick watching the video too. Thanks for posting this.
  21. temper_mental
    Joined: Oct 22, 2006
    Posts: 2,718

    from Texas

    Outstanding and very inspiring!
  22. RADustin
    Joined: Aug 16, 2011
    Posts: 192

    from Louisiana

    There is an old knife maker here in Baton Rouge I've had the pleasure to meet(and walk away from). His name is Shiva Ki. He is amazing at what he does, I even think he has some world records. All his tools were hand made. Just awesome.
  23. hotrd32
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,492

    from WA

    I love watching people that are amazing with their hands work, that tie between brain and hand is so powerful and mesmerizing......a drug of it's of the things that made being an educator so rewarding. Thanks Ryan for posting stuff like this so we all remember what used to be the "norm" for people who made things........ being a craftsman with skill and knowledge which you applied to your craft ................ out of respect for it!
  24. Slim Pickens
    Joined: Dec 15, 2008
    Posts: 3,348

    Slim Pickens

    Very cool indeed. Thanks Ryan.
    But I wish he wore goggles. Ouch.
  25. fauj
    Joined: Jun 25, 2009
    Posts: 711

    1. 57-60 Ford F100s

    Holy shit! That was cool. I am still in awe of stuff like this. My job changed recently from a point where I had some creative outlet (code/db jockey) to information assurance. Where time is consumed on an exponential level, with seemingly little getting accomplished. Makes me miss the days of being a heavy equipment mech.
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2011
  26. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,206

    Member Emeritus
    from Tucson AZ

    I bet if I go over to I'll find your post there too!
    For those who don't know, Gear Journal is all about cool equipment, stuff and necessities. Check it out.
  27. fordrat31
    Joined: Oct 3, 2009
    Posts: 380

    from Palmer, MA

    Wow awesome video! I really enjoyed watching it.
  28. ynottayblock
    Joined: Dec 23, 2005
    Posts: 1,954


    I love these posts Ryan, keep them coming
  29. You beat me to it!

    One whole sub-forum devoted to knives!
  30. NOTCH
    Joined: Apr 19, 2006
    Posts: 663


    Thanks for sharing that video. Frickin Cool.

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