Saturday, November 10, 2012

ALBC Pig Sticker

Scott and I raise American Guinea Hogs - a rare and endangered farm animal that produces the best pork you've ever tasted in your life. In 2005, there were only 15 of these southeastern homestead classics left in the world, and while it may seem counter intuitive to eat an animal that is near extinction, heritage breed farm animals will only thrive if we value them for the bounty they offer and raise them with patience and pride.

American Guinea Hogs take time to raise, and (as anyone on our waiting list can tell you) our knives take time to produce, which is why we call our business Guinea Hog Forge.We're not interested in making low quality products that generate fast returns but rather in carefully crafting quality products that you can treasure for a lifetime and pass on for generations to come.

We learned a lot about raising heritage breed animals from the ALBC (the American Livestock Breeders Conservancy), an organization that is working hard to preserve America's agricultural heritage. So, as a thank you, we donated and auctioned off the following forged blade at their annual conference last night, which was held in Cary NC this year and not too far from home.

This little pig sticker is a Joe Keesler style knife with a rustic hammer-marked finish, a walnut handle, and a Scott McGhee signature clip.

Although the conference is taking place only a couple of hours from our home, we only attended briefly, as Scott has far too many knife orders to fill before the holidays. Thank you to all who have been patiently waiting for a blade. We are steadily working our way down the list, and we guarantee that the product will be well worth the wait.