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Posted: 11/25/2021 8:53:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: bansil]
Tossing around an idea for a custom kitchen/chopper/slicer knife for wifes Christmas gift....anyone know a person that is good but reasonable?

Link Posted: 11/27/2021 8:59:13 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/28/2021 1:43:51 PM EDT

He's a good guy and has some different designs.
Link Posted: 11/29/2021 8:53:50 PM EDT
Cool I will check it out, thanks ya'll
Link Posted: 11/30/2021 4:39:48 PM EDT
Looks like he can start on it this weekend

Thanks for heads up!
Link Posted: 11/30/2021 4:46:00 PM EDT
Who'd you go with?
Link Posted: 11/30/2021 6:10:49 PM EDT
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Who'd you go with?
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yallhallaforge, checked out both sites and felt they hit more on the "art side" of knife making, for my requirements

I sent him a  request yesterday afternoon for a custom Christmas knife for wife and he answered at 8pm with shouldn't be a problem, what's your idea?

A couple emails later and a paper sketch and he said he should be able to start on it.

So far 100% happy, I will continue this thread since I started it for folks to use for research in the future
Link Posted: 11/30/2021 7:04:41 PM EDT
Cool. Brendan is a good guy. I've known him for about 13 years.
Link Posted: 12/8/2021 8:38:49 AM EDT
SO I sent the basic design to him,

"About 6 inch blade with 6 inch kitchen profile handle.

3/16 full tang and spine tapered to an edge for slicing mostly vegetables and raw meat, occasional (couple times a year) will be used to chop cooked and sliced smoked pork/beef

for the handle I would love wood cherry/walnut whatever you think would compliment the knifes look or feel (if it will hold up to almost everyday use)

Not dishwasher only hand washed.

High carbon steel to get a good heat treat and hardness for toughness and edge retention.

As for blade look? Old skool weathered/acid prepped, something nice and old world looking"

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Will keep ya'll up to date
Link Posted: 12/9/2021 8:09:15 AM EDT
He has made some progress,

Brazilian Cherry handle

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Testing basic shape

Link Posted: 12/11/2021 8:12:05 AM EDT
He still needs to hone it but I can see it/pick it up on Monday after work

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Looks great in the pictures,  exactly what I asked for
Link Posted: 12/11/2021 1:02:12 PM EDT
Very nice
Link Posted: 12/13/2021 8:15:34 PM EDT
So I just did a gas station deal in front of dunking donuts

It is very nice and feels perfectly balanced unlike normal chef knives. I will try it after Christmas and give an AAR then. As well as moar pictures as my wife tries it out.

Super nice guy and very talented.
Link Posted: 12/14/2021 7:17:56 PM EDT
Nice blade.
Link Posted: 12/27/2021 3:59:13 PM EDT
Well, how'd she like it?
Link Posted: 12/27/2021 6:53:48 PM EDT
[Last Edit: bansil] [#15]
oops I thought I posted it.

She absolutely loved it, used it all day and her sister is in love with it also,  as well as others that a few have Shiny $500 knives, they said it actually out performed there $$$ chef knives

Lisa gave very strict usage and care instructions to everyone that basically said use here on this, with this and I will clean it

She has two more smaller ones coming to match patena and wood for valentines day, basically  a paring and carver.
Told him to make them look like they were made by same Smith in same style, from same shop

Thank you for the heads up! Great guy to talk with!

I will be checking out the other Smith and another one from here locally this coming year,  to see what they can offer.

To support local talent.

I highly recommend him for what he did for me.

I will update in a month or so

On the edit: they were very impressed with edge retention, after all day cutting and chopping, it sliced through rip red tomatoes with just the wt of it...two 👍 👍
Link Posted: 1/6/2022 1:41:50 PM EDT
Got a pic of the 2 smaller ones...need to upload it
Link Posted: 1/6/2022 5:35:22 PM EDT
Not to be rude or pry, but do you mind saying how much that set you back?

It looks great, by the way.
Link Posted: 1/7/2022 10:31:04 AM EDT
Oopsie.....forgot to add pictures

After heat treat

All these knives are very specific for 1 use not an everything knives.
After cooking for 40+ years she just wants quality now.

The 1st knife is as sharp as it was a month ago, perfect heat treat and edge shape for its purpose.

On to pics

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They still need some work but they are purty
Link Posted: 1/7/2022 10:33:15 AM EDT
Oh I also made a knife block, simple no places to trap moisture and cause rust.
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The saw slabs were cracked so I used epoxy to secure them as 1
Link Posted: 1/13/2022 8:01:26 PM EDT
A small paring knife is done

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Link Posted: 1/28/2022 8:06:23 PM EDT
So......valentines came early....

She beotched about a custom knife....

So these are a couple moar in my wife's collection
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Link Posted: 1/31/2022 1:26:37 PM EDT
Well, I hit him up today for a Tomahawk.  I've got a buddy who is about to make 1SG. Figured it would be a nice gift.
Link Posted: 1/31/2022 4:18:46 PM EDT
Not trying to hijack your thread, but does anybody know any bladesmiths in middle TN?
Link Posted: 1/31/2022 8:50:06 PM EDT
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No worries on hijack, between the 3 we have here they gotta know someone.

What do you consider mid TN?

J a hawk sounds awesome!! planning unit inlay or engraving on handle or head?

He is going to make a moar traditional chef knife for our house warming this summer
Link Posted: 1/31/2022 9:59:23 PM EDT
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J a hawk sounds awesome!! planning unit inlay or engraving on handle or head?
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Hadn't thought about that. It's more of a personal congratulations (we deployed together and he's my best friend) Maybe "FAFO" or something from our old unit.
Link Posted: 2/1/2022 8:17:18 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By bansil:
No worries on hijack, between the 3 we have here they gotta know someone.

What do you consider mid TN?

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Preferably Rutherford, Coffee, Warren county areas but Davidson etc would work too.
Link Posted: 4/12/2022 6:08:40 PM EDT
Just saw that Brendan is going to be on Forged in Fire.
Link Posted: 4/13/2022 6:45:59 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/14/2022 8:58:57 PM EDT
I was expecting a couple recommendations on the Middle Tennessee post- my guy is actually in Mississippi.
Link Posted: 4/16/2022 2:07:39 PM EDT
Not Tri-Cities but there a ton of Arfcomers happy with Doubleplusgood knives on this forum.  He's west NC IRC.
Link Posted: 4/24/2022 2:18:32 PM EDT
Well placed an order for moa4 traditional chef knife last night, he saved some of that wood, so they match
Link Posted: 5/5/2022 5:28:39 PM EDT
Jay, any pics yet?
Link Posted: 6/1/2022 8:22:17 PM EDT
Of the Hawk? Not yet.
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