Sunday, February 5, 2012

E. Scott McGhee Receives ABS Journeyman Smith Certification

On Friday, January 27th at 9:15 am, E. Scott McGhee came out of the judging room in San Antonio with a smile on his face and a load off his shoulders. After laying down his five best knives at 7:45 for the inspection of master and journeyman smiths, the judges finally presented their verdict, and seven out of seven gave him the nod. Later that day, Scott and several other ABS knife makers picked up their JS stamps.

Scott will continue to work as an arborist part-time but with stamp in hand plans to increase the amount of time he spends at home forging knives. Now a new journey begins - the quest become a full-time knifemaker and a master bladesmith . . . think "Damascus, Damascus, Damascus".

Friday, January 27, 2012

Last Minute Change

Scott completed a commissioned Cottonmouth just before we left for Texas, but no mastersmith had laid eyes on the finished product, so we weren't sure whether it should go on our JS test table or not.

Last night, after the knives were reviewed by a master and friend, we decided that this Cottonmouth would surplant El Toro in the line up.

Here's a quick and dirty photo that I took before we left. This knife is headed to a hog hunt after the show. Thanks for the order Jim. We hope you enjoy your knife!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Final Cut

Scott went down to see Jason Knight on Tuesday to have his knives reviewed, and then we made the final cut. The knives that will go on the table tomorrow to be judged are . . .

The Alamo

The Diamondback

El Toro

The Zulu

The Mamba

Less than 24 hours to go! We'll be in touch soon.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Mamba in Flame Grain Walnut

JS test knife candidate number seven is a sleek, powerful fighter we're calling The Mamba. Black mambas, which have black mouths rather than black scales, are native to Africa and can be any color from olive-green to greyish-brown. This Mamba was forged from W2, has an elegant hamon, and sports a georgeous flame-grain walnut handle. According to Wikipedia, black mambas "have a reputation for being aggressive and highly venomous." Our Mamba isn't poisonous, but there certainly is something aggressive about that profile. Hopefully it will behave on the judging table!

The Mamba
Steel: W2
Finish: Hand-rubbed with hamon
Handle: Flame grain walnut (from Burl Source)
Blade Length: 8 inches
Overall Length: 13 3/4 inches

One more to go!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Diamondback

There's only one viper more feared in southeastern NC than a cottonmouth, and that's the eastern diamondback rattler. For his sixth potential JS presentation piece, Scott lengthened and modified his popular Cottonmouth design to make a monster recurve that makes your heart flutter when you get too close. This GHF Diamondback was forged from W2, given a wild hamon, and handled with dyed curly maple. She's a thrill to hold, but be careful - this knife definitely bites.

The Diamondback
Steel: W2
Finish: Hand-rubbed with clay hamon
Handle: Dyed curly maple
Overall Length: 15 1/4 inches
Blade Length: 10 inches

Scott has two more knives in the works that I hope to post soon!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Alamo

Scott crafted JS test knife number five into a Texas-size bowie, dressed it in Desert Ironwood, and called it the Alamo. The 11.25 inch blade on this mega knife sports a lot of attitude, along with a wicked clip and a georgeous hamon. It is truly a monster when compared to the Zulu, but the two make a nice pair.

The hamon is hard to see in the studio shots, but it's there.

The Alamo
Steel: W2
Finish: Hand-rubbed with clay hamon
Handle: Desert Ironwood
Overall Length: 16 3/4 inches
Blade Length: 11 1/4 inches

Scott now has five knives ready to present to a panel of mastersmiths in San Antonio but is working hard on two more designs that he hopes to finish before we leave. Keep your fingers crossed!