Custom Ray Kirk Spear Point Integral Fixed Blade
Custom Ray Kirk Spear Point Integral Fixed Blade
I started forging knives in 1989 from springs and in 1993 I found out that they made high carbon flat bar. I did stock removal for a while and now do mostly forging. I forge most of my knives from a round bar of 52100 that is 1 3/4″ dia. I also make my own Damascus using the 52100 and other high carbon knife steels with the 15N20. I have passed my Mastersmith performance test, becoming the only Mastersmith that belongs to the Cherokee Tribe. I won the first cutting contest at Mesquite with knives made from the 52100 mix. In the ABS sponsored cutting contests, I have three first place, one second place, and a fifth place in the first ABS World Championship in Atlanta, Ga. in 2003. Next stop was the Batson Bladesmith Symposium of 2006 at Tannehill Park just south of Birmingham, Alabama. I won that one with an 8″ tactical of 52100 and that was the last contest that I will enter. Due to physical reasons, I felt it was best to abstain from competition.
In the last few years, I have been making a style of knives that I consider both useful and simple in design. It is also a very beautiful knife style and has recently seen a surge in its popularity. This knife is the integral style knife. The Brazilian Gaucho knife is an example. It was brought to my attention by a few of the makers from Brazil and is now one of my main knife styles. That is one reason that two of the knives I submitted for my Master Smith stamp were damascus integrals with full tapered tangs.
I am a member of the American Bladesmith Society, The Arkansas Knifemakers Association, the Alabama Forge Council, A.F.&A.M., the Knife Group Association, the Kansas Custom Knifemakers Association,and the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. I also attend many of the hammer-ins and seminars on knife making during the year. I believe that a Bladesmith should continue to improve and learn all they can to make the best knife they can make.
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