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.