The online community of knife collectors, A Knife Family Forged in Steel
Twice a year this group of Bladesmiths get together and share the knowledge and the fun. You can look back at my previous writings about them, I admire them all!
Having been unable to go to a knife show this year has effected me, I hate it. So when the discussion came up about can we do this, my answer was Heck YES! So we all went to working out plans for social distancing and making it as safe as possible. Only about 50% of the Bladesmiths came to set up and a few of the vendors chose not to come. Spreading out became a little easier. Trackrock Campground was full so we knew there would be visitors...ALL SET
As I head out on day one I am reminded of how beautiful our area is
The most fun is watching the kids and it happens to be Donnies specialty
All in all I have to say Covid did not ruin our day. We pressed forward, stayed as distanced as we could and had the opportunity to watch one young man turn into what I believe will be the next knife maker.
the youngest of 3 at first did not want to make one, he was afraid he would hurt Donnies stuff LOL
when he finally figured out he wouldnt hurt it he started to make one and then said, I dont think i am tall enough
After he made it he sent his dad over to straighten the tip and as he walked off I saw a knife maker in the beginning stages LOL! He had that little nail knife held up looking down the spine to see if it was straight. THAT is why we do these hammer ins'. Twice a year we get together and if in that year we can entice one youngster to learn to use a forge and anvil as he/she grows, then the skill does not fade away to nothing.
One of these years I'm gonna have to show up.