My name is Ashé Cravenock.
I'm a self taught blacksmith based in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. My fascination with blacksmithing started around 7 years old. After seeing a live demonstration, I became obsessed with hammering nails into shapes I would deem knives. My father took note of my persistence and together we built my first charcoal forge. I was homeschooled on a farm in rural New Mexico, which allowed me to explore my interests and identity freely. I would spend countless hours crafting weaponry from whatever I could retrieve from the recycling. There are countless New Mexicans who own whittled sculptures, wooden swords, and other strange make-shift weapons that I created in my childhood.

At 18 years old, I competed on History Channel's Forged in Fire and won, earning the title of Forged in Fire Champion.
(Season 5, Episode 25 "The Sengese")

Sometimes I wonder how many thousands of hours I have spent making charcoal, tending the fire, cranking the blower and heating the steel, all for a few hammer blows. Then repeating it, again and again, until the shape of the blade appears. For every blade that has been finished, there were at least 50 more forged and forgotten! Blacksmiths are just like artists that way, except their sketches appear as hammered steel.

For this reason, I truly feel that every blade is like a page lifted directly from the storybook of my life. Each one represents a singular moment, unique, crafted entirely by hand and made to accompany you throughout your lifetime.

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Care Information for your Hand Forged Blade.

When compared to standard stainless steel or tool steel, high carbon steel excels in sharpness, durability, and precision cutting. However, it does require more diligent care. It is normal for high carbon steel to slowly take on the characteristics of its journey through the world. Your blade will develop a unique patina with each use, but this patina is in no way harmful to your blade. In fact, the patina will actually help protect the steel from its greatest enemy, rust. These instructions are ESSENTIAL to maintaining your knife’s sharpness and preventing corrosion and/or rust from forming. By following these steps, you'll ensure your high carbon steel knives remain sharp, rust-free, and ready for precision cutting for generations to come.

  • Hand Wash Only: Always hand wash your high carbon steel knives with mild dish soap and warm water. NEVER use a dishwasher, as the harsh detergents and high heat can damage the blade and handle.

  • Immediate Drying: After washing, promptly dry the knives with a soft towel to prevent water spots and corrosion. NEVER leave them air-drying or soaked in water.

  • Regular Honing: Use a honing rod regularly to keep the edge aligned and sharp. Honing doesn't remove material but straightens the edge, extending the time between sharpening. NEVER use a drag through sharpener. They are not made for high end knives and it will ruin the geometry.

  • Mind the Cutting Surface: Opt for softer cutting boards like wood or bamboo to minimize impact on the blade. Avoid hard surfaces like glass or granite that can dull the knife quickly.

  • Oil the Blade: To prevent rust, apply a thin layer of food-safe oil to the blade regularly, especially if the knives are not used daily. Wipe off excess oil with a cloth.

  • Proper Storage: Store your knives in a knife block, magnetic strip, or blade guard to protect both the blade and yourself from accidental cuts.
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