A knife of many firsts, this is the direction I hope to take my craft. The wife of one of the prosecutors in my office asked me to make a knife for her husband. Although many months late, I finally finished the knife. I took inspiration from the great knifemakers: Wayne Morgan, Turtle Knives, and Tomas Rucker. These are three of my favorite makers. The blade is 52100 ball bearing steel, hand forged and acid etched. The acid etch will inhibit rusting. The guard is “00” wrought iron. The wrought iron did not etch like I was expecting. The hidden tang handle is made of stabilized maple burl, black spacer material, desert ironwood, water buffalo horn, and a `leather spacer. The hand made sheath was made and tooled by my wife, Mary Hinds. The overriding theme of the knife substantiates my business logo: Hand Made for Hard Use! I hope Jake gets many years of hard use with this knife. Vance Hinds
For the last fifteen years, Joe White has been the Ellis County Engineer. Today was his last day with us. I was approached by Judy Armstrong (Head of Department of Development) and Debbie M. (Worked with Joe in engineering) to make a knife for Joe. Over the years Joe and I have had several conversations centered around our common interest of knives. I committed to making a knife for Joe. The handle is made of desert ironwood and the blade steel is 52100. My wife, Mary Hinds made the sheath. We are proud of the way it turned out. I believe Joe was pretty happy too. I wish Joe and his nice wife, Jan godspeed in what ever endeavors they choose from here.
Donavon Phillips World Record Water Bottle Bladesports
The BladeSports Schedule for the Lone Star Knife Expo:
The women’s championship on Saturday at 11:30 will be the first one ever. This will also be our biggest national championship in years.
Friday- 6 pm- unload and set up.
Saturday – First 1/2 of men’s qualifying at 9:30 am
– Women’s Championship 11:30 am
– Second 1/2 of men’s qualifying at 2:30 am
Sunday – Men’s championship at 11:00 am
We are proud to announce Castlegate of Colorado as a vendor at the Lone Star Knife Expo, April 9th and 10th at the Dallas Market Hall. Castlegate specializes in high-end production and semi-custom knives. This is your chance to handle and purchase some of the best knives made today. If Randall, Brous Blades, Emerson, Fallkniven, Koji Hara, Microtech, Todd Begg Knives, or William Henry mean anything to you, then you need to be at this show. Don’t miss this opportunity! Below are some pictures of knives for sale by Castlegate as well as links to Castlegate’s web pages and products.
5.11 Tactical, Becker, Benchmade, Blackhawk, Boker, Brous Blades, Buck, CAS, Cold Steel, Columbia River Knife & Tool, Combative Edge, Condor Tool & Knife, Dakota Watches,
Dew Hara, DMT, DPx, Emerson, ESEE, Fallkniven, Finney Knives, First Edge USA, Fox Knives, Fremont Knives, Gatco Sharpeners, Geigerrig, Gerber, GT Knives, Havalon Knives,
Hazard4, Hogue, HTM, Ka-Bar, Kershaw, Kilimanjaro, Kizer Knives, Koji Hara, Lansky, Mantis Knives, Marfione Custom knives, Marttiini Knives, Maxpedition, Medford Knife & Tool, Microtech, Moki Handmade Knife, Mora Knives
NexTool, Ontario, Outdoor Edge, Pohl Force, Prater Painted Pony, Proelia, Protech, Puma, Knives, Randall, Ribz, Smith & Wesson, Smith’s Sharpener, SnugPak, Spyderco, Strider, TerraLUX, Timberline Knives, Todd Begg Knives, Todd Begg Steelcraft, Tool Logic, TOPS,
Underwater Kinetics, Vargo, Victorinox, William Henry, Wilson Combat Knives, Yellowhorse,Zero Tolerance
FOUR WEEKS UNTIL THE LONE STAR KNIFE EXPO!!!!!!!!!!!! Some of the very best knifemakers in the world will be there. Check out this partial list: Johnny Stout, Bill Ruple, Jerry Moen, John I. Shore, Loyd McConnell/Cactus Custom Knives, Bill Luckett, Gary Langley, Raymon E. Hunt, Bob Merz III, Tim “Chops” Lambkin, Ronnie Packard, Bob Shewmaker, and so on. Don’t miss this opportunity to see all these great makers and more in one place – Dallas Market Hall on April 9th and 10th. For an updated list visit our website: http://www.lonestarknifeexpo.com/2016-knifemakers/. We hope to see you there!
Custom Knife by Johnny Stout
On April 9th and 10th at the Dallas Market Hall, the Dallas Arms Collectors Association partners with the Lone Star Knife Expo to bring to you the largest gun and knife show in the southwest. There will be over 1700 tables. All of your favorite gun and knife vendors will be in their regular spots, plus the Lone Star Knife Expo will be taking over the North Hall. This is your chance to meet the best custom knifemakers, such as the legendary Johnny Stout and Jerry Moen. BladeSports International is bringing their National Cutting Competition on Sunday March 10th. The best cutters in the world will be in Dallas. There will be exhibitions, demonstrations, and opportunities to participate. Come and enter for a chance to win a custom knife from Jerry Moen or Vance Hinds, as well as other great prizes. Texas Parks and Wildlife Hunter Education and NRA Firearms Training classes are available. Entry fee is $10, with a 2 day pass for $15. Kids 12 and under are free. Hours are Saturday April 9th from 9:00 to 5:00 and Sunday April 10th from 9:00 to 4:00. For more information visit our websites at www.lonestarknifeexpo.com and www.dallasarms.com. Don’t miss all of the fun and excitement at the Dallas Market Hall on April 9th and 10th.
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.