Journey to a Master Video Series with Kyle Royer Knives


Journey to a Master Video Series with Kyle Royer Knives

I hope ya’ll are doing well. The sun has been shining a lot lately. That just peps us Texans up, Denmark can be a dark place at times!

I thought it would be cool for the craftsmen, nerds, and quality conscious people to see this knife making series. It’s from Kyle Royer Knives. It shows Kyle Royer prepping for the masters knife making test. It’s a great quality video.

I have to take my hat of to the man. I have been through the process a number of times; as a cobbler, an orthopedic shoemaker and with a number of escrima tests ranging from tournament planning and direction to seminars and so on. He keeps his head cool and concentrates on the job at hand the whole time. A little mistake early on can be seen in the final product. It’s hard to believe that you can proud of a bent knife, trust me you can.

There are 5 parts to the series. It’s a cool mix of old and new in knife making. The number of layers in the knives is just crazy. You gotta love it. Any Hoo.. Enjoy!

Proactive in Life and Training

CW

Medford Knife and Tool


Medford Knife and Tool

Drinking coffee is good for this blog. I get to relax and look around the web. The blog gets some subjects out of my lazy coffee drinking habits. It turns out it went well with the last videos about knife making. Add to that, the fact that we support the professionals who do the hard jobs many people will not do. Medford knives are made with a purpose much like the Grayman knives from an earlier post.

You’ll find that many knives are made with looks in mind, rather than function in mind. The Medfords and Graymans are made with the intention of heavy use. The knife I would order would be the TS-1 or TS-2. Living in DK doesn’t give me the chance to go hunting like I did in the states, so the knives will have to stay on the wish list for now.

Any hoo, if you are a hunter, military or some other professional, check out the website. You’ll like it! Heres a video playlist with descriptions of many of their knives.

Be Proactive in Life and Training

CW & MA

Bill Morgan and the Forged Blade video


Good morning everybody, I hope you are doing well.

The redneck in me came out this morning while drinking my coffee. I watched a video with a man that talks correctly.

When I was a kid , we made our club houses from old rusty bent nails, bricks for hammers and old scraps of wood that we found. That is most likely one of the things that started to develop a great respect for making hand crafted objects in me.  The father in me hopes to instill that respect in my son.

I have a theory that a version of that respect is found in many escrimadors. It starts with the  feeling for a good stick. As we start to train with training blades and swords we continue to develop more respect for balance and other facets of the making of the tools we use to learn and train with. Depending on how much of a DIY type you are, you get into the methods for making things even more. I also have a theory that there is a balance in life. It’s good for us to create things instead of just learning and training methods of justified violence for the sake of self-defense. Mind you there is more to it than that, but we’ll get into that another day.

When I started my path to become a shoemaker, I was presented with a choice. I could run a school for escrimadors for Wing Tsun Scandinavia or I could start my apprenticeship as a shoemaker. Family responsibility  (job security ) and a respect for craftsmen pushed me in the direction of shoemaking, creating and repairing helped to balance me. I would say that we all need a form of balance to thrive. Japanese martial arts speak of this often.

Any hoo, The redneck Texan in me attracts me to people such as Bill Morgan with his knives and Ed Scott with his bow making. I’ll post that video as well.

We all need to create in order to have balance in our life. That ability to create also gives us respect for those people who have been craftsmen for a long time. There should be more respect in our lives in general, if you ask me.

I could go on for a long time like this, so I’ll let you get to the videos. Ya’ll enjoy and have great day.

Create something today … be it dreams, music, knives or a house.

CW

Albion Swords


I saw this picture on FB and started to look through the website.

What do you think? Like! You will find a bunch of cool swords at Albion. You will find swords for collectors and swords for people who train with them. I was lucky enough to know the man that runs the Albion company here in Denmark. We used many of the different swords for demo’s when I spent a lot of time training with swords (sharp and metal trainers). The picture that I posted above has the wow factor.  To see more of the swords sold through Albion-europe.com you can click here. Albion also has a Facebook page that puts information up from time to time. For the FMA people, you will find some european swords that are close to fma versions. I’ll leave you to the links before I start to slobber with the thought of sparring with a battle sword and a buckler. Yupeeee!

Be Proactive in Life and Training … with a sword!

CW

Knife making.


Knife making.

I hope ya’ll are doing well. I was drinking my coffee and watching some videos that appeal to the craftsman / FMA nerd / shoemaker / and Texan in me. I thought they might be of interest to others like my self. If anybody with a similar profile exists. Reasons for interest vary: the cool factor, tool nerds, hunting interest, FMA interest, and collectors interest.

When ever we train with swords and/or other bladed weapons we become very aware of the balance of a tool / weapon. I think that little detail tends to wake the interest for how weapons are made in many of us. Then there are the nerdy nut cases as well. If you are part of this club … Welcome! If you have made your own tools at one time you are well on the way. I recently found and old axe that I restored and made a handle that fit my son’s needs for the boy scouts. We really got into shaping the handle so it would fit his hands. Added to that a leather protective sheath to finish it off.

I will be presenting some videos that might be of interest to those of you who fall into any combination of the above mention types. Having been trained in shoemaking and learning the craft of hand production can be a powerful catalyst. You tend to make your own tools to one degree or another. I had special knives for every possible job, even depending on the size of the shoe and the curves that had to be cut. I said I was nerdy didn’t I. Quality quickly became an interest as well. I was lucky enough to find some tools that are not made any more. One such knife was a E A Berg from Sweden which had a very special tempering. The man that made them only worked there up to a certain year. It is flat on one side and you put the angle of the edge that you wish to have on the other side. It curves from end to end. It’s a collectors item for many people but crazy shoe makers like me still use them.

The same thing happens when we train with sticks and aluminum trainers.Have you ever flipped a stick becouse it feels better? Welcome to the nerdy club. MA and I like to use espada y daga trainer from Norm’s Training Blades. Sticks are not the same. Smack sticks are used for harder contact training. Heck, I have one training knife that I just love. Other trainers are OK but the one’s with a good feel and balance are great.

In my case having worked with construction and the other combination of factors makes the idea of having a collection very attractive. I just wish I lived in Texas still where it was OK to have a collection. It’s easier just to avoid the problems here in Denmark by not being a collector. This is me making a sad face! Any Hoo! I was drinking my coffee (with thick coconut milk, yum! ) when I found the video below. There is a playlist so you can watch the process of making a railroad spike knife. It’s fascinating for nerds like me. I hope you enjoy it as well.

I have also linked to a knife maker that makes heavy duty military knives. I wish I could find a video of some of the knives from Grayman Knives.com. Once you start getting into camping and military uses you will most likely start to develop a taste for knives like these.

Training with sword is a way to start to develop a taste for balance in swords. We used to have some archeologist that trained with us when I was still doing swords in Copenhagen. We were lucky enough to handle some very old sword in Leeds at the museum. There is a difference in real fighting swords and the feel they have and the cool factor weapons that people like to collect. I hope you enjoy the sword making video. It show a mix of old and new methods in smithing and forging. The shape of the sword is not my taste but you can see how the old and the new are mixed to make a modern good quality sword.

In the picture at the top of the page, you can see come knives that fall into the cool factor side of things. Here is the link to that video.

Have a great day and be a little nerdy, it’s good for the soul.

CW

Grayman Knives


The Following is an entry from the Stonewall-Shield blog… Old but good. 

I had originally intended to write about something else in this next blog entry. That was changed when I came across an article in Tactical Knives. I’ll get back to the intended subject another day.

I think my interest for knives started at an early age. Like most kids I liked whittling on a pcs. of wood as a kid. When my farther introduced me to the world of scuba diving a knife went along with it.  I was given a smaller knife to go along with my young age and size. I started diving at a very early age. I distinctly remember that large pearl handle knife that resembles some of the knives that Grayman Knives makes. I remember the feeling of having a knife in my hand that would not break if it was used for more than the usual a diving knife goes through. Training edged weapon tactics for some time now, it is easy to see that the Grayman Knives are good for the “above and beyond” type of use.  There is a short intro to the article on the Tactical-Life.com website. Follow the link to read about the “made for heavy use knives.” If I ever got back into camping and hunting I would get one very quickly. As a side note, I have an aluminum trainer that is close in shape to one of the models shown on the Grayman website. I love it!  I have to force my self to use other trainers in order to have a feeling for different knives. Check out the Grayman Knives website here (www.graymanknives.com ) and the intro. article here at wwwTactical-Life.com .

Be Proactive in Life and Training

C W