Archive for September, 2012


WOMEN KNIFEMAKERS

I’m posting this to bring some awareness to the knifemaking community &  to maybe inspire other women to make knives. I’m shocked at how little information there is & I’m amazed at the artistry and craftsmanship of the Women Knifemakers I found from around the World. This list took some time to put together, sadly I could only find 28 Knifemakers and I don’t have websites for everyone. What I did notice is that quite a few have Husbands that are Knifemakers.
If you can add to it, please do.
1. Knifedog – Darci from IronArmKnives
2. Harumi Hirayama http://www.ne.jp/asahi/harumi/knives
3. Kathleen Tomey http://www.tomeycustomknives.com
4. Linda Ferguson http://www.fergusonknives.com
5. Silvana Mouzinho http://www.silvanaartknives.com
6. Dianna Casteel http://www.casteelcustomknives.com
7. Grace Horne http://www.gracehorne.co.uk
8. Stéphanie Mottais http://stephanie-mottais.com
9. Lynn Dawson http://www.dawsonknives.com
10. Dellana http://www.dellanadesigns.com
11. Haley DesRosiers http://www.alaskablades.com
12. Audra Draper http://draperknives.info
13. Chantal Gilbert http://www.chantalgilbert.com
14. Sharla Hansen http://shansenknives.com
15. Heather Harvey http://www.heavinforge.co.za
16. Elizabeth Loerchner http://ecloerchner.com
17. Gail Lunn http://www.lunnknives.com
18. Julie Warenski-Erickson http://www.curtericksonknives.com
19. Paula Eisler
20. Barbara Baskett
21. Carolyn Tinker
22. Paula Anzel
23. Lora Sue Bethke
24. Judy Gottage
25. Marina farao
26. Junko Fong
27. Daisy Zeng
28. Dee Hedges

These are the final pictures of the engraving I did on Bubba-San’s Kiridashi. This project took longer than I expected and was frustrating me. My tools literally weren’t “cutting it” but the problem was my machine. I wore the brushes more than 1/2 way down and had to replace them. Now the machine was running fine but the steel had taken it’s toll on 2 of my favorite tools. But it’s Done.

When I unwrapped it, I was a little upset that there was rust on the blade. This is a high carbon steel and one of the draw backs is that it will rust if you don’t keep a thin layer of oil on the tool. On the other hand, this steel will give you the sharpest edge you can get. James will polish out the metal when he gets this, then he will etch the metal to bring out the wave pattern in the steel. When it’s done, it will almost look like damascus. I will post a picture of the final, final picture.

Almost Finished

Engraved Kiridashi

Detail of Dragon

ARE YOU ATTRACTED TO SHARP AND POINTY OBJECTS? DO YOU MAKE KNIVES, CARRY KNIVES, COLLECT KNIVES, DO ANY KIND OF WORK ON KNIVES? DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE THAT DOES? PLEASE COMMENT/CONTACT ME!

I WANT TO DO A BLOG ABOUT WOMEN & KNIVES. THERE ARE MORE WOMEN THAN YOU WOULD BELIEVE THAT ARE INVOLVED WITH KNIVES, AND MY GOAL IS TO FEATURE THEM IN MY BLOG IN AN INTERVIEW ASKING QUESTIONS LIKE… HOW THEY GOT STARTED, WHO/WHAT INSPIRES THEM, WHAT IS THEIR EDC, ETC.

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