In a year of transformation, it seemed appropriate that the West Coast Bladecraft forge be reborn into the Fenix Fire Forge! (And the fact that the ‘West Coast’ part doesn’t really apply anymore). Much more info to come, so stay tuned for more info as I get my shop up and running from my new home in Rockville, Maryland!!
Well it has been a crazy and interesting last couple of years. While I was originally going to share a shop with Phil Hartsfield, he had to unexpectedly move out of the area and my shop has been in storage since. I’ve had some great experiences and opportunities in that time, met some amazing people, and hopefully created something awesome for them. Now, though, it seems that it’s time to get back to the forge. I’m looking at a couple shop possibilities right now that should have me back to swinging at hot steel by the end of the year!
I’ve added a couple of my older Phoenix Series Cutlery knives to the ‘For Sale’ listing. The Ambonia Burl Chef knife and the Buckeye Burl paring knife were both prototypes in the series and never previously listed for sale. Current For Sale knives are listed below. This will be the last lot before I get a new shop up and running!
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I’ve added four new knives up for sale! Two Phoenix Series kitchen knives…a slicer and a new design I call the Roll-E-Chopper, sporting a beautiful and extremely rare English Yew wood handle cut from Sherwood Forest, England! I also have a Deimos, one of the most popular Operator Series knives, with a beautiful Bocote wood handle and another brand new design called the Elk Hunter. Check them out HERE!
I’ve also added a few new pictures of some other Phoenix Series knives that have been sold. There is a new Manzanita handle chefs knife and two new Phoenix Paring knives…one with Ebony and the other with Goncalo Alves. Check them out HERE!
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My apologies for the long delay between updates…it’s been a wild year! Biggest news is that we just moved my knife shop this past weekend. I’m now sharing a shop with renowned knifemaker Phill Hartsfield! It’s truly a great honor and a great opportunity to be working in the same shop with one of the most prominent knifemakers in the world. Check out Phill’s knives at PhillHartsfield.com!
A huge thanks again to everyone who came and helped with the move!! While all of my equipment is moved, it will still take me another week or two before everything is dialed-in and functional. As I will also be moving my residence in a few weeks, it will, realistically, be the middle of June before everything settles down. We will likely do an open house/shop-warming get together around the latter part of June. Anyone local to the area I invite to come by…I’ll give you more details as it gets closer!
Below are some pictures of us deconstructing the shop before moving it over to Phill’s place. I’ll post pictures from the new shop once everything gets situated and dialed in!
Well it’s that time of year again! The California Custom Knife Show, hosted by Plaza Cutlery, is this coming weekend, October 12-13! The show features individual custom knife makers like myself as well as a few low-production manufacturers. It’s a great opportunity to come out and see some incredibly beautiful knives and meet the makers.
The show is being held at the Embassy Suites on Harbor Blvd. by Disneyland and is in the main Ballroom. The address is: 11767 Harbor Boulevard, Garden Grove, CA 92840.
For more information on the show, check out Plaza Cutlery’s website HERE!!
I’ll have better images of the knives I will have at the show a little later…but here’s a couple pics of the lot!
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The next video installment of the Crafting Method section is online! This video covers basic heat treating and finishing the blade prior to starting work on the handle. You can see the entire crafting process outlined in the Crafting Method section of this website!
I’ve just completed the newest addition to my Operator Series blades…the Urinagi Short Sword. Based on a Japanese Nagamaki blade, the Urinagi is scaled down to 30 inches overall making it an excellent companion for survival or tactical applications. This has already become one of my favorite blades and you can be sure I’ll make more of these! Click the images below to go to the Urinagi Short Sword page!
Stay tuned for a the next installment in my Crafting Method Video Series: Heat Treating & Final Sanding!
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Every year, Knife Rights…an organization dedicated to providing an effective voice to influence public policy and to oppose efforts to restrict the right to own, use and carry knives and edged tools…holds its Ultimate Steel Spectacular fundraising campaign. Donations to the Knife Rights Foundation give you chances to win any of over $100,000 in custom, hand made, limited edition and production knives, celebrity signed knives, guns and more. Every prize has been generously donated by custom knife makers and production companies, so 100% of the proceeds supports Knife Rights’ pro-knife legislative initiatives. Check out more about the Knife Rights organization and the 2013 Ultimate Steel Spectacular at: www.KnifeRights.org/UltimateSteel.
I recently completed my donation to the Ultimate Steel Spectacular…the Deimos model from my Operator Series pictured below. You can check out my page along with all the other blades donated HERE!!
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I’ve added pictures of the prototypes of my new Phoenix Series kitchen knives. The fruition of years of experience in the sales of high end kitchen cutlery matched with gathering feedback from the chefs who actually use them, have heavily influenced the design of these knives. Check out all the Phoenix Series knives HERE!
The beautiful ceramics that are photographed with these knives are hand crafted by local Southern California artist Delphine. I urge you check out more of her amazing work at her website, Humble Ceramics!
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The next video installment of the Crafting Method section is online! My apologies on the delay between the forging and the grinding videos…the rest of the series will be released much more frequently.
This video covers the profiling, scale removal, and rough hand sanding of the blade up to the point that it’s ready for heat treating. You can see the entire crafting process outlined in the Crafting Method section of this website!