|Description: 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,
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
January 08, 2008, 07:06:43 PM
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