The knife community lost one of its best on January 4, 2016, Warren Osborne. Many makers’ knives exhibited at the shows are often described by writers with superlatives such as great, perfect, beautiful, best, etc. Those same writers would then state that of course Warren Osborne’s knives were also present and were in a class by themselves. Many times I heard that a knife did not leave Warren’s bench until it was perfect. We lost arguably one of the ten best knifemakers in the country, if not the world, this week. Below are some examples of his work.
Warren John Osborne was 64 at the time of his death. He was born in Warata, Australia. He always advertised his Australian roots with his logo, the name Osborne in a boomerang. His accent was never fully acclimated to Texas. Each piece was more art than knife. Investment grade art knives were his stock and trade. Warren won many awards for his knives. He was a voting member of the prestigious Knifemaker’s Guild and a founding member of Bladesports International. Warren was always willing to teach and educate new makers. Warren started an annual knifemaking and cutting school in Waxahachie where many acclaimed makers would come and teach aspiring knifemakers. He always answered my stupid questions and volunteered his time to help me. I will miss Warren. We will all miss Warren.
Warren Osborne’s funeral service is Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the Wayne Boze Funeral Home, 1826 W.Hwy 287 Business
Waxahachie, TX 75165, www.waynebozefuneralhome.com.
TWO WEEKS UNTIL THE LARGEST GUN, KNIFE AND MILITARY SHOW IN
THE STATE OF TEXAS AT DALLAS MARKET HALL ON JUNE 13 & 14 AT THE LONE STAR KNIFE EXPO. Come out and see all of the fun. This will be the largest collection of custom knifemakers in the State of Texas this year. Come and check out all the beautiful custom knives. The Lone Star Knife Expo will be located in the North Hall with the Military Show. Bladesports International Cutting Competition will begin their season with a cutting competition on Sunday and exhibitions performed both days. Brandt Noel will put on a sword cutting exhibition. You can register for a drawing for a highly coveted Jerry Moen custom caping knife. The Dallas Arms Collector’s Association will their have wonderful gun show in the main exhibit hall. So much, it will take 2 days to see it all. Come out for all of the fun.
Donovan Phillips set the World Record for water bottles cut on March 28, 2015 at Warren Osborne’s house for Bladesports International. Way to go Donovan.
The Lone Star Knife Expo and Dallas Arms Collectors Association are proud to announce the return of the Bladesports Cutting Competition Trail to the show! Below is a video of Dan Keffeler’s Winning Cut in 2013. The competition will occur on Saturday, June 13th 2015 at Dallas Market Hall. Come see you favorite cutter compete for the $1,000.00 prize. Exhibitions and instructions will be presented as well. Come see all the fun. For more information visit our page or site, as well as Bladesports’ site.
Lone Star Knife Expo
Lone Star Knife Expo facebook page
The Lone Star Knife Show is the largest collection of custom knifemakers in the southwest and will occur June 13th & 14th, 2015 at the Dallas Market Hall in Texas. For more information, contact Vance Hinds, firstname.lastname@example.org, 101 Sports Row, Waxahachie, Texas 75165, 972-937-3000.
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.
The First Board of Directors Meeting of the Texas Knifemakers Guild will occur January 17, 2015 at the Dynasty Chinese Restaurant in Temple, Texas.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING:
January 17, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.
Dynasty Chinese Restaurant – Temple, Texas
2501 Airport Road
Temple, TX 76504
Agenda for January 17, 2015 Meeting – Texas Knifemakers Guild
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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.