Well we are crazy, there was never any question of that! We love being out and meeting all the interesting folks on the Cape. We barely have any time to make knives! We will be at the Eastham Windmill all Saturday and Sunday with a Castleberry craft fair. We will also be at the Providencetown Farmers Market. We have new deep cycle battery sharpening set up I am not sure how long I can sharpen with it but first come first serve I will be sharpening there!! Last week lots of people wanted knives sharpened and I have no power there so I bit the bullet and invested in a battery and inverter. Sunday as usual we will be at the other Windmill in Brewster at Drummer Boy Park’s Historical Society Farmers Market sharpening as well.
We are going to be at the Ptown Farmers Market for the next two Saturdays which is super exciting!! We have some stunning knives to sell at the moment. We are also going to be in Chatham and Eastham the next two weekends at Castleberry craft shows and the normally scheduled farmers markets as well.
We got a hold of several pieces of wood taken off the USS Constitution during the 1974 overhaul and asked if people would like knives made with it and the response was overwhelming. Way more responded then we have wood for. So we will see what we can do to get some more to fill the orders. We will let those interested know when knives are available as we progress with it.
We have also taken out first fledgling steps into AEB-L Stainless. It has beat 52100 high carbon steel in cut tests and edge retention which has long been the “Cadillac of knife steels” according to kitchen knife guru Bob Kramer. We are looking at making our filet knife, riggers knife, oyster knife and maybe a clam knife out of AEB-L. We figure these will be exposed to salt water and the damp more then any other knife we make. The plan is to get prototypes of the rigging knife in the hands of Master Knot Worker Mathew Bedouin at Mystic Knot Works in CT to put it through the paces to see how it compares to his old tried and true carbon steel workhorse. The filet knife prototypes will head to Chatham Skate and Dog Fish fishermen to test the edges on the sand paper like skin of their fish of choice. Tom will suffer through oyster tests with the oyster knife prototype. We will look for a hard core clam person for testing of that prototype. If you know anyone let us know.
We will be at the Back the Blue Fundraiser on Friday night to show our support of the late Officer Gannon and the hard working men and women of Cape law enforcement. We have donated a pair of knives to the auction and urge any one reading this to go. It is a great cause and promises to be a good time as well. It is at the Cape Codder in Hyannis from 7-11 this Friday night. Admission is $25 and includes food and live music.
We admire those people willing to serve and sacrifice for others As always we offer a 20% discount for military, police, fire and teachers. Thank you for doing the hard jobs.
Being on Cape Cod, surrounded by whale-rich waters, we got to thinking. It is always entertaining when we try thinking, even if not productive. We have been making some Japanese inspired chef knives recently, as we mentioned several posts ago. The other day Tom said he though one of them looked like a whale. The knives have holes in the front for easy hanging that looks sort of like an eye. That got my mind wandering. Suddenly I saw a whale in each one we made. The long slicing knife looked like a blue whale. The fat choppy knife looked a bit like a humpback whale. The flat nosed Nakiri elicited the image of a sperm whale. The small paring knives seem a bit like a pilot whale. Sitting here now, I think we will make a boning knife and call it the Narwhal. It is visually more fun and makes it much easier to say “I want a Humpback Whale” rather than “the fat choppy Japanese style knife.”
On the left top are two Humpbacks over two Sperm Whales. On the right a Blue Whale over a couple of Pilot Whales. The bottom picture is a new style of camp chef. It is not part of the whale series even though it bears some resemblance to a Minke whale. The next set of pictures is of a Damascus Sperm Whale with a stabilized pecan burl handle.
This is the Pilot Whale in the same “EKG design” damascus with stabilized pecan burl.
The trip to Atlanta was a trial as our vehicle died in Atlanta. With some desperation setting in we managed to get it going again and limp to my Dad’s house 5 hours away. We had planned to spend 2 days at the 4 day show but ended up only attending on Saturday due to our car situation. The show was mind blowing as usual with the addition of 250 new vendors! One of our favorite finds was a hamon clay for our Japanese chef knives. We even had a tutorial on application and got the plans for a traditional hamon painters’ work station which we built with my Dad in Mississippi. Look for new and improved hamon lines coming soon. We were inspired by the many things we saw and are raring to go now that we are home.
While in Mississippi we also acquired a big pile of old files,so keep an eye out for up-cycled old file knives on our tables in the future.
Now we are gearing up for Father’s Day. This week we will be at Chatham on Tuesday. Bass River Market opens up on Thursday and it is a new venture for us. We are looking forward to it. We are back at Cape Cod Beer on Friday, and on Saturday we split our efforts at the Castleberry Craft Fair in Hyannis at the Main Street Car Show and at Cape Abilities Father’s Day Cook Out from 11-4 in Brewster. Sunday we are at the Castlberry Fair for the second day on the lawn in front of town hall in Hyannis. Sunday the 24th starts the Brewster Farmers’ Market in Drummer Boy Park. We will be doing on-the-spot knife sharpening at all our farmers’ markets except Bass River. Bring your dull knives!
In other news we received our acceptance letter for the Wellfleet Oyster Fest!! We have also been invited to the Back the Blue in memory of Officer Gannon. We will be attending- and donating a special knife for the auction. That will be Friday June 22nd from 7-11 at the Cape Codder Resort.
We would like to thank all the people that made our Memorial day weekend amazing. Cape Cod Beer Farmer’s Market was a spectacular time as usual! Thank you to the Providencetown Farmer’s Market for making us welcome for a fabulous day on Saturday. The cold and rain did not stop people from coming out and having a great time at Wareham Oyster Fest. This week we are at Chatham Farmer’s Market with knife sharpening!
Our next big adventure starts Thursday when we leave for Blade Atlanta, the biggest knife show in the world! It is massive!! We are not exhibiting there but we will be on the look out for the latest techniques, trends and materials in the world of knife making. We will return home filled with inspiration and great materials to help kick our game up a notch for this summer season! We are so excited for what this year will bring. We will be back on June 11 and we will be jumping right back into things with our usual gigs at the Chatham Farmers Market and Cape Cod Beer Then we will have great gifts for Dad at the Father’s day Car Show in Hyannis June 16 and 17th and the Father’s day show and at Cape Abilities Farm on June 16th. Till then be safe and stay sharp!!
This weekend kicks off the official beginning of the Summer season on Cape Cod. Where will we be you ask? Today on Friday we will be at the opening of Cape Cod Beer’s Farmer’s Market. Saturday it is still tentative but we may be at the Providence Town Farmer’s Market. We should know tonight if it is a go. What better way to spend Saturday of Memorial day in Ptown!!!! Sunday we will be in Wareham at their Oyster Festival where they will have a road race and street vendors and a general party in the street. It should be awesome. Tonight we will be offering sharpening at Cape Cod beer so bring your dull knives. Have a great weekend where ever you are!
Come get a knife sharpened or buy a new knife tomorrow at Chatham Farmer’s Market 3-6:30 in front of Job Lot and Local Color Gallery on Rt 28.
In an effort to find our identity we have searched for years and finally think we have found it. We started making historic Scandinavian style knives, then moved into kitchen knives and modern outdoor knives. Our recent interest in trade knives of the 18th century and 19th century settler knives, as well as the traditional knives of Japan, keeps us rooted in historical interests. Then we have Cape Cod with a long nautical history in the heart of North America’s Atlantic maritime region.
Our first impulse was to go with a more modern, tourist oriented, day at the beach or modern home decor look. We really looked hard and dabbled with the modern Cape Cod design aesthetic but it really was not right for us. We are much more rustic and dirty and rough around the edges. We are often asked it if our knives are antiques and we say, “No but they are made from the same type of steel that knives were made from 150 years ago.” Spotted across the Cape are a few remaining hold out old fashioned general mercantile stores. After looking at those stores and spending a day with our friend Matt Beaudoin in his 180 year old historic rope working shop at Mystic Knot Work in Mystic, CT, where we learned about sailors’ knives and tools, we were convinced that the 1800’s mercantile look would translate well to the art and craft fair scene. Crafting a distinct look and display is an important tool to make one memorable and draw people into your shop. It is useful to help sell your story and product. The mercantile theme appeals to both our sense of history, our rustic look and a feel for the early days of the Cape Cod’s nautical and pioneer heritage. Thanks to A Piece of Sandwich for helping us get closer to establishing our aesthetic. Come out and check out our work in progress throughout the year.
This is our first knife made out of Japanese white steel which is about the most pure steel you can get. It has a higher carbon content than the 1095 we use in most of our knives. It is just straight up iron and carbon. It is super hard and holds a super sharp edge. There are no other elements or impurities in the steel. It would make a great kitchen utility or camp cook knife or really cool daily carry. It has a 25,000 year old piece of Mammoth tusk for a handle that was dug out of the Alaska tundra. It is a great conversation piece. My photography skills or lack there off do not do it justice. It is 9 inches over all with a 5 inch blade and has characteristics of a 18th cent trade knife and a Japanese chef knife. These are the two influences working in our shop at present. It comes with a leather sheath for $500.00. Tom does not want to sell it but sell it we must. Please help keep Tom from finally getting his knife.
Don’t forget our Tuesday market in Chatham has started from 3-6 and our Friday Market at Cape Cod Beer starts on the 25th and we have the Wareham Oyster fest coming up on the Sunday of Memorial day weekend. We will be out of town at Blade Atlanta from June 1 to the 12th. so we will not be at the weekly markets on those days.