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Australian blade 4th edition

Welcome the March 2018

Welcome the March 2018 edition of Australian Blade. Many thanks to all to contributed, your efforts are greatly valued. Thank you also to who who almost contributed but were thwarted by other events. those all have a life outside of hammering and grinding and We knife making has to take a back seat! Be aware that sometimes to Australian Blade are welcome from anyone with contributions interest in knives, knife making and knife related topics. You an have to be a knife maker or a published author to contribute. don’t I was very fortunate to have been been entrusted with the Recently and maintenance of a number of knives by George Lee Sye, care Knifemaking in the Modern Era. The knives consisted of Custom featured in Spencer’s book and several that aren’t. One was those knife made for Vic McCrystal and featured in the first edition of the Blade. It was a unique opportunity to examine these Australian in detail and the work of someone who has achieved almost knives status within the Australian knifemaking community. legendary I first saw the collection a year ago, I was a bit overwhelmed When its significance and history. I was also acutely aware of just with lucky I was as a knifemaker to have seen and examined the how blades in the collection. individual collection is extremely interesting in the sense that it comprises The physical documentation of Lee Sye’s progression as a a The early knives are quite rudimentary, thick, hand knifemaker. blades by comparison to the later drop point hunters and the filed Bowie that graces the cover of Spencer’s treatise on the Crucifix Witnessing this physical progression instilled me with some man. as a knifemaker. It’s tangible evidence that as makers, confidence all start from humble beginnings when we venture down the we examining the collection, I formed the view that a walk After any Australian knife show will confirm that there are around Australian makers on par or exceeding Lee Sye’s contemporary and skills. Several names spring to mind from places as far ability as Bridgetown, Ballina, Bega, Tharwa Valley, Mount flung and Port Augusta. Now that’s not to detract from Lee Waverly knives, which are par excellence. What it says is that we are Sye’s fortunate to have such dedication and skills residing in very You don’t even have to be Australian! So don’t be shy! who according to Keith Spencer's book was a Pioneer of Australian path to our own individual interpretation of perfection. Australia knifemakers today. Hammer fast, grind hard! Chris Harriss

cover - Stag handled Bowie by Front Jones of Cape York Blades Dylan Time - Ben Anderson of Hammer Blades NV Steel, Blue Steel, Hot Steel, White Steel - Murray Carter of Carter Cold Heat - QMAC Axe Making Summer - Gillian Wilson Course Blade Symposium - Ian Australian Stewart review - The Samurai Sword: Book Handbook by John M. Yumoto - A Cover - Selection of Bowies by Rear Jones of Cape York Blades Dylan Contents Welcome - Chris Harriss Cutlery A New Direction - Ian Stewart Chris Harriss Ian Stewart's Apprentice