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KNIFE TALK => Knife Talk DVD => : Ed Fowler January 07, 2008, 04:27:03 PM

: A new DVD, Origonal Knife Talk
: Ed Fowler January 07, 2008, 04:27:03 PM
The year was 1992, A friend I had never met called me wanting to do a video. A few months later we met when he drove to my shop.

Charles Dragon was a true patriot in the world of knives. A genius and highly educated with a masters degree in history he wanted to start a series of videos capturing on film as many knifemakers as possible thus preserving a time in the history of the forged blade.

Over the next 4 days he recorded me in my shop and around the ranch on video tape. This became my first Video, "From Bearing to Blade".

Charles also wanted to start a video series recording the thoughts of as many makers of the time as he could. His first interviews were with Daryl Meier,
J.P. Miller
Dan Hockensmith
Ed Fowler
Howard Clark
Wayne Goddard
John Smith
He first named the video "The Men Who Forge Hot Steel" then picking a phrase I used my my video called it "Knife Talk".

The interview with Daryl Meyer is outstanding, he was the first to my knowledge to make fancy Damascus with the American Flag repeated along the blade. This knife was presented to Ronald Regan as I remember. Listening to Daryl is a real treat, his knowledge and quest for more is to this day unequaled. Daryl studied the science, added his knowledge and earned a position of leadership in the world of knives. When I started talking about multiple quench it was widely rejected as being misleading, I talked to Daryl at a Blade Show in Atlanta and he said "sure it will work" and was one who gave me the courage to continue my experiments.

Charles left us on the anniversary of JFK's assassination a few years later and his recorded VHS was not circulated widely. I talked to the other makers on the VHS and asked them it they would have any reservations about Jeremy recording the information in DVD format and distributing it. All Agreed that it would be a good to share the information, I have not been able to locate Dan Hockensmith but hopefully he will not object.

Jeremy informes me that the DVD is ready for distribution.

: Re: A new DVD, Origonal Knife Talk
: Larrin January 07, 2008, 09:49:57 PM
Sounds like a great DVD, can't wait to buy it.

: Re: A new DVD, Origonal Knife Talk
: Arno January 09, 2008, 12:34:48 AM
Lucky guy... I?m waiting Knife Talk DVDs #1 & #2  since september 4th... Who knows if an unexpected delivery will occur in the next four months.



: Re: A new DVD, Origonal Knife Talk
: busterbones January 09, 2008, 01:33:26 AM

I shipped out the DVD's to you way back then. I will look for the tracking reciept.
However i will ship out new ones to you tomorrow by express mail with my apologies.
I will add the latest dvd to the shipment as well. Please contact me anytime


: Re: A new DVD, Origonal Knife Talk
: PhilL January 09, 2008, 01:34:33 AM
That is a Must Have DVD.

: Re: A new DVD, Origonal Knife Talk
: Larrin January 09, 2008, 05:20:22 PM
I clicked on the picture on the front page for the DVD and it says I'm not able to view the store.

: Re: A new DVD, Origonal Knife Talk
: Harold Locke January 09, 2008, 05:38:32 PM
Like Larrin I am ready to buy the new DVD now. I joined pay pal for just this sort of thing.

I clicked on the link and was refused access. In addition I would like to buy some more T-shirts and a KTO hat.


Harold Locke

: Re: A new DVD, Origonal Knife Talk
: busterbones January 09, 2008, 07:15:46 PM
Everyone should have access to the store now. Sorry did not realize i had not set the permissions.


: Re: A new DVD, Origonal Knife Talk
: Harold Locke January 10, 2008, 12:08:58 AM

I got my order in and the link worked great. Glad you put in access for regular credit and atm cards. I might drop paypal. I haven't made up mind on that though.


Harold Locke

: Re: A new DVD, Origonal Knife Talk
: Harold Locke January 16, 2008, 05:46:52 PM

The mail is working great. Ordered the Retro DVD on last Friday, received it on Monday. watched and enjoyed it on Tuesday. I have to watch a couple of more times to pull out some lessons. I enjoyed meeting that group of knifemakers.

Thanks Ed and Jeremy

Harold Locke

: Re: A new DVD, Origonal Knife Talk
: Arno January 17, 2008, 09:59:58 PM

I?d like to share my happiness on receiving the DVDs this afternoon.

Grateful to Jeremy!

(I?ve already seen the first one and... lots of questions to next tuesday!)



: Re: A new DVD, Origonal Knife Talk
: David Jacobson January 20, 2008, 05:23:30 PM
Im still waiting for my two dvd set. I almost forgot all about it. I cant wait to see them, I've heard nothing but good coments on them.

David Jacobson

: Re: A new DVD, Origonal Knife Talk
: caknives January 24, 2008, 06:06:37 AM
OK, against my better judgement I stayed up to watch the KTO retro DVD, let me just say this should be standard issue equiptment to every beginning maker. If I hadn't already explored some of these avenues I would have even more questions and a well of never ending enthusiasm. This is a great gift to the bladesmithing world and I loved seeing it compiled together. There was no bias or "because", just this is me and this is what I do and why. Thanks, it was the boost I needed ! This should be made available on a larger scale, it would benifit everyone who saw it.

: Re: A new DVD, Origonal Knife Talk
: Larrin January 24, 2008, 06:09:56 AM
I've watched a little bit of the retro DVD and it's pretty interesting so far, can't wait to see the rest. The Daryl Meier interview was a great way to start it off.

: Re: A new DVD, Origonal Knife Talk
: cdent January 25, 2008, 05:01:34 PM
Thanks Jeremy for getting the disc out to me. Got to watch some of it and it's good that you folks were able to save these recordings. I have a Howard Clark disc from about a year later that he really expands on his comments from that time. Good stuff.

Thanks again,   Craig

: Re: A new DVD, Origonal Knife Talk
: davidm January 25, 2008, 06:48:11 PM
I enjoyed the video very much also.  An excellent resource, going back 15-20 yrs. think how much has changed since then.  Knives have come a long way.   I would like to pick up more videos in this style, visiting different makers.. really offers a good perspective. 

If you're reading.. a time-line question (the video recorded in 1992.)   You said on the film that anyone buying one of your knives would be getting the benefit of 3 yrs. of your experience.  Which would put it at 1989,  does that mark a beginning point of some sort, forging? 

: Re: A new DVD, Origonal Knife Talk
: Ed Fowler January 25, 2008, 09:00:30 PM
I have no idea what I was referring to with that statement. There have been many milestones since I started making knives. I had been pretty serious about making knives for about 30 years at that point. Each plateau looked to be the top, then another mountain to climb.

I will go back and watch it again and try to figure what I was talking about.

: Re: A new DVD, Origonal Knife Talk
: Larrin January 26, 2008, 01:18:25 AM
Well I'm done with the DVD I'll give a little review.

Overall DVD: The quality was not up to DVD standards, but that is understandable knowing it came from an old recording, it did not detract from the movie, and there weren't any weird warps or blurs or anything. The interviews were all clear and easy to listen to, one thing that many knife movies are lacking. The biggest complaint I had was the location of the chapters for scene selection, they should have been located at the beginning of ever knifemaker.

Content: The interviews were all entertaining. The only thing that could have been better is if I could have been there to ask my own questions. The biggest surprise was how interesting John Smith was to me. He appeared to be a very precise forger, keeping everything square, flat, and precise. I also enjoyed his designs and his heat treating process. Howard Clark is someone I have heard about and read about but never seen his knives or him, so it was nice to see him, and what he has learned from Verhoeven. The biggest disappointment was how short the Daryl Meier interview was, I would have preferred it was much longer. It was interesting to hear about Ed's experiences with Wayne Goddard, as well as the Wayne Goddard interview. In my opinion, Wayne Goddard is a living legend in the knife industry. As far the interview with Ed, it is interesting to see what stays the same with his knives and theories, and what changes. It was nice to see some of Willow Bow too.

: Re: A new DVD, Origonal Knife Talk
: davidm January 26, 2008, 04:26:48 AM
I listened to it again and discovered I may have heard it wrong.. You were saying (to paraphrase) that if someone were to buy one of your knives, they would be getting 52 hours of your time and the three years of experiences that have gone into the knife.

..the first time listening i thought i heard it as "experience"..w/  no "s"...sorry for the mistake.

..was this "three years" about the sheephorn?

: Re: A new DVD, Origonal Knife Talk
: Ed Fowler January 26, 2008, 05:53:45 AM
I just watched it again, first time in years. I have no idea what I was thinking about when I said 3 years. 3 instead of 30? Who knows, I would not have caught it if you had not asked, now I wonder?

I greatly enjoyed watching it again, there is a lot of experience put together that existed at that time in the world of knives. As far as I know most of us are still making knives. I lost track of Dan Hockensmith, have not heard from him in a long time.

Charles Dragon was highly intelligent and a true artist when it came to video productions. Charles had a dream and wanted to put together a monthly video showcasing as many knifemakers as he could to preserve as much of the history of the art of blacksmithing as he could. He read something that Bruce Voyles had written that inspired him, I vaguely remember him mentioning it but cannot remember the exact thought. I believe he talked to Bruce and went to work. The history of the world of knives would be much more complete had he not left us so soon. Charles Dragon was a good man, this DVD is as much a tribute to him and his dream as to the makers who appear in the DVD.

: Re: A new DVD, Origonal Knife Talk
: David Jacobson January 29, 2008, 03:50:14 PM
I Just got all three of the DVDs. Thanks Ed and Jeremy for geting them out so fast.
I wached the KTO DVD first. It is realy good.

There is nothing like sittin back watching and listening to the roar of the forge and hammers pounding on my TV after a long day of forging and grinding.


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