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.
Each knife is created in a way that will allow them to slowly take on the characteristics of their experiences in the world, just like our own memories and scars. Your high carbon steel blade will develop a unique patina with each use and the handle will gently discolor and disfigure with time. Materials that scratch, dent or seep into the woods and metals will tell a story of your experiences together.
The more you use your blade, the better.
Sharpening: Your blade is made from high carbon steel which means it should require very little sharpening. It is highly recommended that you use a honing steel or a leather honing strop (if done carefully, your leather sheath, belt or boots will suffice!) If you feel that more in-depth sharpening is required please utilize sharpening stones or contact a professional knife sharpener. DO NOT USE store-bought drag-through sharpeners - they WILL destroy the blade geometry!
Daily Use: Wooden cutting boards are preferred with high carbon steel blades, as ceramic or glass can roll a fine edge. In order to ensure that your blade stays in prime condition it is important to keep it clean. Do not allow any moisture or organic materials to remain on the blade or handle for an extended period of time. Do not soak your blades in the sink. Be sure to wash and thoroughly dry your blade after each use to prevent rusting.
Long Term Care: Keeping your blade clean and dry is the best way to ensure it lives a long life. Applying oil to the blade, handle and sheath every so often is highly recommended (any food grade oil is fine- coconut, avocado, olive, safflower, etc.) as it will protect the blade from developing rust, keep your handle from drying out, and allow your sheath to retain a beautiful, deep oiled color.
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