The hand forged blade with classic trade knife shape. The handle is hand made from osage orange into a octagonal shape ending in two wedding bands. The handle has been notched and blade slid into handle and held in place with two copper pins; it has beeen stained dark and highlighted with wear patterns. The blade is very thin and tapers from the back to the tip which makes for a well balanced knife (not blade heavy or handle heavy) and is aged and stamped with touchmark.
When Robert Weil started collecting images for the Contemporary Makers book in 1973 the challenge to record contemporary gun work was daunting. Gathering material was difficult and time consuming. Few makers thought that there was any value in published documentation of their work. Electronic publishing has changed all that. Having a website or having one's work available to view on the internet is becoming a necessity. In spite of all the potential to finally have a true overview of what's being produced by the artists of today, a great deal of work still remains covered up and basically unknown. Our role is to make an effort to document some portion of what’s going on today. To comment on the established makers and to uncover the unknown. We welcome your comments and suggestions and look to you our readers to make us aware of the talented makers out there. Art and Jan Riser Robert Weil and The Makers