So how did this knife come into being? In the fall of 2009, Scott (with the help of his son Jacob) forged out two hidden tang knives of similar design. The blade above (sans handle) and the one below were made at that time.
While Scott did a great job on his first hidden tang knife (the one with the purple heart handle), he found the process challenging enough that he set the second hidden tang blade aside and worked on some simpler knives for a while. After producing a few for friends and family, Scott tried posting some designs on BladeForum and immediately sold a couple. This got him excited, so he made some new ones, and (as we were preparing to post them on the forum) I decided to throw a few knife pics up on my personal Facebook page. To my surprise, we sold one immediately to a childhood friend and got a commission to produce another for a friend from high school. She wanted a custom hidden tang design (like the purple heart one) with a wooden handle and a leather sheath. She asked that it be made as a birthday present for her husband (another childhood friend), and gave Scott free rein on the design. Thank goodness we had a blade already forged to fit the bill, because we didn't have a ton of time to complete the job.
Well, Happy Birthday Les! I hope you love your knife. I think it's Scott best work to date and I've posted some photos below showing how it was produced. Many of the stages are absent from the photo diary (mainly the grinder section), as Scott has a hard time making me sit still and photo every stage of the process. He is determined to hold me hostage with the camera one weekend so I can produce a complete photo diary showing all the steps involved in producing one of his knives, and I'm sure one day I will. For now this should give you some idea of how your knife was created.
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