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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.


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


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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.


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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