As part of a grandfather’s continuing tradition to his grandson, Jeremiah David Browning - this is the fifth handmade knife made by friends for his birthday. This year’s outstanding knife is by noted knife maker, Todd Daggett of Morris, Illinois. “Jake” received this knife on his 14th birthday, November 7, 2014 from his grandfather, H. David Wright.
This year Todd created a stunning knife which is sometimes referred to as a Memory Knife. The hand-forged drop point blade is inset into a rounded walnut handle which is creatively adorned with a design of repetitive hearts of poured pewter inlaid into the wood. The two larger hearts are engraved with the initials “JDB” on one side, backed with “HDW” on the other. Two hearts has become an artistic tradition among the artists making Jake’s knives and Todd creatively adapted it to this knife. An iron pommel cap with a peened tang engraved “11.7.14” states the date of Jeremiah’s birthday.
This is the fifth knife made in the continuing tradition from a grandfather to a fine grandson. Last year’s 2013 knife was made by Daniel Casey, the 2012 knife was made by Joe Seabolt, 2011 by Glen Mock, and the 2009 knife was made by Ian Pratt.
What a better gift than a “Memory Knife”. It will bring fond memories of a young man’s special time growing up. Thanks to all five artists for making my grandson’s gifts extra special.
H. David Wright
November 7, 2014
Copy and photos supplied by H. David Wright.