Joe Kertzman’s Blog

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Forging A Future For Orphans

A recent mission trip to Uganda demonstrated not only the skill of a knifemaker, but also his ability to forge a future for orphans and at-risk youth from the village of Bamba.

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It’s a Hard-Use Knife

I needed to cut some high-tensile electric wire (the fence was unplugged at the timeā€”at least I had that right). I didn't have a wire cutter on me, and the garage had to be at least 50 yards away. I pulled out my serrated Spyderco folder.

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Innovative Knives

Congratulations to Michael Vagnino for winning the 2014 Wooden Sword award, given out to one custom knifemaker each year on page 7 of the KNIVES annual book.

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Art Knife vs. Cutting Tool Debate

The art knife versus cutting tool debate of whether knives are, or should be, works of art or cutting tools has always intrigued me. There are those who are a bit “put off” by art knives because they prefer utilitarian knives made to be used and employed when needed. That is certainly understandable, and...