Great Knife Making Video from the Mastersmith Ray Kirk of Raker Knives!

Ray Kirk of Raker Knives posted this video on his facebook page and graciously allowed others to share it.  Thank you Ray Kirk for sharing your knowledge on knifemaking.  It is an awesome video.  It answered several queations I have had over the years and couldn’t figure out.  Kudos to Ray Kirk!.

Please visit his facebook page and website below.  This is a master craftsman making a beautiful knife.

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The First Board of Directors Meeting of the Texas Knifemakers’ Guild is January 17th in Temple, Texas

The First Board of Directors Meeting of the Texas Knifemakers Guild will occur January 17, 2015 at the Dynasty Chinese Restaurant in Temple, Texas.


January 17, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.

Dynasty Chinese Restaurant – Temple, Texas
Back Room
2501 Airport Road
Temple, TX 76504

Agenda for January 17, 2015 Meeting – Texas Knifemakers Guild


We have the back room reserved from 12-4. The reservation is under Vance Hinds.  Let me know if a lot of people anticipate coming to observe the meeting. I wiill post the agenda before the meeting. If you want something on the agenda, send it to me in writing by January 10th. We will follow the agenda at the meeting. Anyone can speak on an item buy only the directors will be voting.

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Great Knifemaking Video on Vimeo! Thanks John Neeman

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Below are 3 options for our regions map. Please vote on the option that you want for our regions map in the Texas Knifemakers Guild Group on facebook. VOTING CLOSES SUNDAY NIGHT AT 8:00 P.M., 11/9/14! Whichever region has the most votes at 8:00 p.m. tomorrow night wins. Region 2 is having a discussion Sunday night at 9:30 p.m., so we need something set by then so that Region 2 people can participate. Please remember that these regions nomimate the 5 board members from that region. The Board of Directors at the first meeting can change the regions. But the vote will determine the regions for selection to the initial Board of Directors. Also if near boundary line or out of state, you can select the region you are in. Only vote once. Vote by posting “Option ___” in the space below. Hopefully this will put the issue to rest until the Board of Directors meeting in January. Option 1 is my stab at the state. Option 2 follows the natural contours of the state and the design on the flag. Option 3 is a modified option 2 with Abilene staying with San Angelo.

.Option 1 Option 2 Option 3

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Texas Knifemakers Guild Regional Map and Regional Meetings

TKG Logo Regions Map

Attached please find the Texas Knifemakers Guild final regions map.  We voted to go with dividing the state into 3 regions.  It was proposed after the meeting to divide it like the Texas flag, brilliance.  This is what we ended up with.  Each region is responsible for designating 5 people from their region to be on the Board of Directors.  The 1st Board meeting is at the January 17th Houston Arms Collectors Gun Show.  Region 1 is responsibility for making accomodations for the meeting at the show.  There are 2 facebook groups that are region specific:  Texas Knifemakers Guild Region 1 and Texas Knifemakers Guild Region 2.  Someone from Region 3 needs to start a group for their region: Texas Knifemakers Guild Region 3.  Please join your respective group and participate in the voting of the Board of Directors members for your region.  We also voted that if you live near a boundary line, you can select the region you want to be in and if you are from out of state, you can select what region you want to be in.  Texas Knifemakers Guild Region 2 is to have an online discussion Sunday night at 9:30 p.m., 11/9/14.  I hope to get the voted on proposed bylaws sent out and posted to facebook tomorrow.  Also, I will do some sort of bullet points of the decisions.  Please get involved in your region.  Thanks.

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Texas Knifemakers Association Meeting at the Fort Worth Gun Show, October 25, 2014. Makers and Collectors are welcome.

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Awesome Video Restoring Anvil!

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BladeSports International in Waxahachie, Texas

BladeSports International brought five of their competitors to Waxahachie, Texas on Saturday, September 27, 2014.  The event was hosted by Boyce Feed and Grain in historic downtown.  Mississippi custom knifemaker, Donovan Phillips led the cast of competitors. Donovan is sponsored by Spydeco and is a mainstay on the cutting competition circuit. Not only is Donovan the reigning National Champion, but he was the 2010-2012 overall points leader and National Champion.  Ted Ott of Elgin, Texas was also in attendance. Ted is sponsored by Benchmade and is a past world record holder in the 2×4 speed cut by cutting a 2×4 in half in 1.845 seconds.  Gary Bond also competed.  He is a lifelong resident of Waxahachie and was the World Champion in 2008.  Gary was the only World Champion to compete.  Custom knifemaker Dwight Schoneweis of Arlington competed, as well as a custom knifemaker from Mississippi.  Although I was late to the event and missed the competition, it was great to talk with all the competitors.  All five stayed around until 2:00 p.m. teaching locals the cuts and knife safety.  It was a great event for Waxahachie. Thanks for all those that participated.  (my bulldog “Fifi” made the group picture)

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