Congratulations to all of the 2014 Winners of the Blade Show Awards in June!

The biggest and most prestigious knife show of the year occurs every June in Altlanta, Georgia. It is called The Blade Show. Each year at the show, Blade Magazine announces its winners for the year in 15 separate categories. These awards are extremely coveted by those in the knife industry. Below are the winners announced by Blade Magazine for 2014. More information about the awards and the winners can be found on Blade Magazine’s website.

Also, these winners will be the focus of an upcoming issue of Blade Magazine. Congratulations to all of the 2014 Blade Magazine Winners!

Publisher’s Award: Mark Zalesky (no photo)

Industry Achievement Award: Aldo and Edda Lorenzi (no photo)

2014 Accesory of the Year

2014 Kitchen Knife of the Year

2014 Investor-Collector Knife of the Year

2014 Collaberation Knife of the Year

2014 Best Buy Knife of the Year

2014 Imported Knife of the Year

2014 Manufacturing Quality Award

2014 Hall of Fame Inductee

2014 Most Innovative Imported Knife of the Year

2014 Most Innovative American Knife of the Year

2014 American Made Knife of the Year

2014 People's Choice Knife of the Year

2014 Overall Knife of the Year

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You Never Know What Will Show Up At The Farmer’s Market!

Two Saturdays ago, I had the exquisite pleasure of examining some stunning knives at my booth at the Farmer’s Market. A local gentleman brought by some knives for me to review. When he set his bag down, a lion’s head handle was poking out of the bag and distracted my attention from a sharpening customer and immediately grabbed me. I was shocked to see the knives that were pulled from the bag. Below are some of the pictures that I took of the collection. I was shocked even more when the collector informed me that this is only a representative sample of his collection. Very nice. You never know what whill show up at the Farmer’s Market.

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Sharpening at the Farmers Market in Waxahachie Again Tomorrow!!

I will be back at the Farmers Market in Waxahachie from 8:00-1:00.  Bring your knives, scissors and other edged tools.  As always $5.00 a knife.  I hope you see you there in the morning!


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The Sins of the Father

The Sins of the Father

Don “Mini-Me” Hinds hard at work perfecting his craft. 1/2 of Ellis County’s Best Knife Sharpening Team.

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Sharpening at the Waxahachie Farmer’s Market Saturday May 31!

I will be sharpening at the Waxahachie Farmer’s Market tomorrow.  Bring your scissors and knives to the market to get them sharpened.  I will be there from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Come See Me!


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Jigs, Grinders, Tomahawks, and Texas Societies!

I experienced an awesome surprise yesterday at the Farmer’s Market.  Jim McGuinn creator of the Angle Pro Knife Jig, McGuinn Knife Grinders and Custom Knives; as well as Don Shipman of Shipman Tomahawks, specializing in American Frontier Tomahawks, came to see me.  I cannot describe my excitement and honor that they would come to the Waxahachie Farmer’s Market to meet me.  I spent one to two hours talking knives with true knife people.  Their passion for knives is exhibited by their commitment to their craft.  Next weekend they are traveling to Oklahoma for The Knife Group Association of Oklahoma of their KGA Spring Shop Tour at the home of Ray Kirk of Raker Knives.  Jim and Don discussed with me their desires to have a regional and/or statewide knifemaker’s organization for Texas.  I have also expressed similar desires in Texas Knifemaker’s Groups on facebook.  I understand there is a bad taste in everyone’s mouth from the prior Texas Knifemakers and Collectors Association collapse, but I am optimistic we can form a group that satisfies most members.  I am open for suggestions and will volunteer my time.  If interested, please contact Don, Jim, or myself.  Below are pictures of Jim’s gig and grinder, as well as a video of his jig in use.  Additionally, there are pics of some of Don’s tomahawks.  They both do excellent work.  Enjoy.



All welded construction.

Direct drive.

2 HP 3 PH 3450 RPM motor runs on 220 household power.

VFD gives infinite speed control.

2 X 72 belt size.

Comes with two wheel platten .

10″ rubber coated contact wheel

1/2″ rubber coated wheel

all on their own arms to make change over quick.

Work rest.

Standard model $1,500.00

Deluxe model shown with anodized wheels and knobs. $1700.00

With 18″ work rest and Angle Pro grinding jig add $100.00 normally $150.00

You can reach Jim McGuinn at:

254 744 6781

Check out Don’s work on facebook:

You can reach Don Shipman at:


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Rudolfo – The Pig Sticker

When asked by a local high school senior for a custom knife he can use to kill hogs, I thought I would look to Randall Made Knives for inspiration.  I chose the Model 14 Attack on which to loosely base my hog killer.  I went with 5160 as my choice for blade steel, triple quenched and triple tempered.  It is outfitted with a brass guard and brass pommel.  The handle is stabilized red dyed maple burl with leather and black vulcanized paper spacers.     The sheath is custom fitted, hand stitched and died chocolate brown.  The overall knife is 12.75 inches long.  The blade is 7.5 inches and the handle is 5.25 inches long.  The knife feels great in the hand.  This is one beautiful knife.

Rudolfo – The Pig Sticker       ($350.00 for a similar knife to be made)

Rudolfo - The Pig Sticker

Rudolfo – The Pig Sticker

Rudolfo - The Pig Sticker

Rudolfo – The Pig Sticker

Rudolfo - The Pig Sticker

Rudolfo – The Pig Sticker

Rudolfo - The Pig Sticker

Rudolfo – The Pig Sticker


Rudolfo - The Pig Sticker

Rudolfo – The Pig Sticker

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I’m at Waxahachie Farmers Market! Grand Opening of the Waxahachie Farmers Market. Brings your knives and scissors. Fifi and I are Ready to sharpen!! via foursquare

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