#davidlisch in the workshop, making awesome knives, per the usual. #badassedness

#davidlisch in the workshop, making awesome knives, per the usual. #badassedness

Another sexy shot of an ESEE 4 rig that went out this week. #kydex #eseeknives

Another sexy shot of an ESEE 4 rig that went out this week. #kydex #eseeknives

Custom rig for an ESEE 4. #kydex #eseeknives

Custom rig for an ESEE 4. #kydex #eseeknives

Ground, tempered, ground again, polished, sharpened. #awesomeness

I’ve been looking for Maker-Spaces in Seattle and the surrounding areas where I could start messing around with Metal. Like, Steel. I’ve watched approximately 3,000 YouTube videos where guys are using everything from coffee cans to their kitchen ovens to heat-treat and temper steel, but I already have too many hobbies :)  I just wanted to make stuff and it be PERFECT. Ha-ha.

I knew there had to be places where I could try creating some of the stuff in my head–hopefully under the watchful eye of someone who’d already been there, done that– but I didn’t really know where to start. And, the learning curve seemed as high as the initial buy-in. Grinders, forges, anvils, hammers; I had no idea what to do, or what to invest in. Everywhere I found was either prohibitively expensive, or, uh, just expensive. Then I found Studio 4 Forging Facility, and saw some upcoming classes. So, I took one.         

The result was exactly what I’d hoped for. I went into a Blacksmith’s workshop and learned a couple of things about working with steel. And I made a knife. My first knife. I made this with my own two hands. It’s awesome, it works, and I made it.

Definitely more to come.

Initial hammering all done. I literally beat this knife into shape. #doyouevenhammerbro

Initial hammering all done. I literally beat this knife into shape. #doyouevenhammerbro

1200 degrees of awesomeness. The steel softens in the forge.

1200 degrees of awesomeness. The steel softens in the forge.

Fire. Hammer. Tongs. Steel. CROM. #blacksmith #forge #crom

Fire. Hammer. Tongs. Steel. CROM. #blacksmith #forge #crom

Taking the boy for a ride. #raisingthemright #ridetolive

Taking the boy for a ride. #raisingthemright #ridetolive

This is a pretty hardcore sheath set-up for an Ontario RD7. Nice match with all the orange and black. #kydex #badassedness

This is a pretty hardcore sheath set-up for an Ontario RD7. Nice match with all the orange and black. #kydex #badassedness

Coffee, punk fashion design, and Scoundrel representin’. Check out the #badassedness of @scoundrelmc #doyouevenskullbro

Coffee, punk fashion design, and Scoundrel representin’. Check out the #badassedness of @scoundrelmc #doyouevenskullbro