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Roots

 

I was a little over ten years old when I started blacksmithing with my father. Over the years I eventually became a machinist.

Early on my father had a talent for making knives. They were quite popular in the southern Wisconsin area in the late 80’s and early 90’s.

 

 

Below are some of the works I saw him complete during the period. Unfortunately, it was before the advent of digital cameras.

 

 

This set was one the first sets I saw completed. At the time, they were selling for roughly $200. I can’t imagine what they might have gone for today.

 

 

The bear that is seen in this set was hand etched. This set was given to gentleman by the name of Roger Luck-John. It was rumored to have won several awards in the Colorado area but this can’t be confirmed. Roger has since passed and the location of the knife set is unknown.

I attribute my want and ability to make things by hand directly to my father. Over the years as I have transitioned from being a machinist to a IT professional, I don’t know that I could have done it without him.

 

Fecke – KJ4ZRZ

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