Burning the almost-midnite oil, making belt-loops, sipping Jameson. #keepcalm #drinkwhiskey #makesheaths

Burning the almost-midnite oil, making belt-loops, sipping Jameson. #keepcalm #drinkwhiskey #makesheaths

Got this Monster from Tops Knives; the Bushcrafter Kukuri. Totally hardcore, with a blade meant for crushing logs into splinters. #topsknives #badassedness

Got this Monster from Tops Knives; the Bushcrafter Kukuri. Totally hardcore, with a blade meant for crushing logs into splinters. #topsknives #badassedness

Just got a couple of knives from a friend in sunny Florida, including this beast from Fallkniven, the A2. Next to it is the F1, for size reference. #fallkniven

Just got a couple of knives from a friend in sunny Florida, including this beast from Fallkniven, the A2. Next to it is the F1, for size reference. #fallkniven

The Blade-Tech Tek-Lok is one of the most amazing pieces of gear I have come in contact with. An excellent and absolutely hard-core solution for carrying gear attached to straps or belt-loops; we use these on nearly every sheath we make. I have personally put these under incredible pressure, and I have seen straps break before these do. Thank you Blade-Tech, for making these in the United States of America. We need more large-scale manufacturers to bring the work back the USA, and I’m proud to partner with a company willing to do it. #bladetech #madeintheusa #madeinamerica #kydex

The Blade-Tech Tek-Lok is one of the most amazing pieces of gear I have come in contact with. An excellent and absolutely hard-core solution for carrying gear attached to straps or belt-loops; we use these on nearly every sheath we make. I have personally put these under incredible pressure, and I have seen straps break before these do. Thank you Blade-Tech, for making these in the United States of America. We need more large-scale manufacturers to bring the work back the USA, and I’m proud to partner with a company willing to do it. #bladetech #madeintheusa #madeinamerica #kydex

Essentials Sheath for the Bark River Gunny. Everything you need, nothing you don’t. #barkriverknives #kydex #essentialsheaths

Essentials Sheath for the Bark River Gunny. Everything you need, nothing you don’t. #barkriverknives #kydex #essentialsheaths

ESEE-6 looking pretty badass with its new Blood Red Kydex Survival Sheath. #kydex #badassedness #survivalsheath #eseeknives

ESEE-6 looking pretty badass with its new Blood Red Kydex Survival Sheath. #kydex #badassedness #survivalsheath #eseeknives

#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.