Wednesday, November 25, 2015
I've been rather lax on posting lately. I have to admit that my creative attention has been turned elsewhere for the last few months.
Earlier this year, my good friend Toby Cowern at http://treadlightlysurvival.com/ came up with a design project, a collaboration between me, Rory Miller http://chirontraining.com/Site/Home.html , and himself to design a knife.
As it turned out, we decided the best way to do this was to each take a lead on a blade, with the others adding comment/critique as necessary.
And finally our first creation is finished and it ended up being my lead.
Despite being incredibly opinionated about blades, something for which I blame fully on having handled Sonny's designs and modifications, I did not realize how immersed I would get into designing something myself.
I realized I wanted something that would feel in the hand like it wanted to move and work, in the same way that anything Sonny made moved and worked.
I wanted the balance to be right, and because of the importance of feel, we decided to work with Will Capron, a fabricator of hand made knives in Minnesota. You can find him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/willcapronknives/?fref=ts
Will was willing to work with me to get the balance and feel exactly how I wanted, and we ended up spending some days together refining, grinding, troubleshooting, and working on the handle and sheath designs.
As an artisan myself, I am a huge supporter of high quality, hand made, products, and will do anything I can to support those who care about their work and make cool stuff.
And this is 'cool stuff'.
Here's our website: www.somico-knives.com
Check it out if you would be so kind. You will see this first knife 'in action', with all the inspiration and design elements that form this blade explained.
I can't wait to do the next one ... :-)