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Old 07-07-2004, 09:20 AM
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Very special knife, with a very special history

Hello there gentlemen,

I wanted to share a pic of a knife I just got in stock because it has a very nice tale on it. During the last Atlanta Blade Show, Rodrigo Sfreddo, Luciano Dorneles and Ricardo Vilar met some Mastersmiths, made new friends and saw some old ones. They managed to get together and hit some iron at Jerry Fisk's shop after the show and Luciano and Rodrigo showed how they forge their famous integrals. This knife was born in this little demo amongst friends. In this ocasion, Mastersmith Jim Crowell presented Sfreddo with the maple used on the handle, and later on, for reasons of true friendship, it was given me to sell it. Rodrigo decided to name it the Fellowship Hunter, as from all the begging of it's forging to the offering of the knife, it is linked somehow to a sincere felling. And that is what I wanted to share with you, more then just a sight. Thanks for looking and reading.



Specs: 5" 5160 blade, curly maple handle, silver wire inlay, sharkskin inlay leather sheath and great energy all along!


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Old 07-07-2004, 11:42 AM
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Great looking knife! I really like the inlay on the handle (the handle looks very comfortable too). I like the whole package. Thank you for sharing that with us!
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Old 07-07-2004, 11:58 AM
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Jeff, Thats a stunning piece. Thanks for sharing the picture and the story.

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Old 07-07-2004, 12:50 PM
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VERY cool knife, Jeff. I really like what he did with that maple. The blade is clearly a fine example of the Brazilian style, but the handle is unmistakably American, in the tradition of Bill Moran, Jay Hendrickson, and many others since. To me, this knife symbolizes not only the fellowship between a small group of knifemakers, but, in a way, a fellowship between two cultures. Very cool indeed.


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Old 07-07-2004, 12:58 PM
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Geez Derrik, I couldn't say it in a better way. That is exactly what it is!
I remember when they first went to Blade Show a couple of years ago and they got as a present a couple of copies of Bill Moran's videos. I watched the one about handles in Rodrigos home and we went on and on talking about how cleaver he was in his designs and how those handle designs were far ahead of his time! Mr. Moran is a mark on the custom knife business, and not only for his damascus research .. but for far more than that. The blade is Brazilian style, handle is all american look! The fellowship knife couldn't have a better name.


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Old 07-07-2004, 01:34 PM
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Cool. I was there when this blade was being forged. It's great to see the finished piece.


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Old 07-07-2004, 02:04 PM
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Didn't know you were there Terry.. nice to hear that. I trust it was a fun day! What else did you guys do besides integrals? What did you guys teach our guys?


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Yes, it was a fun day. Let's see what all I can remember ...
  • Rodrigo Sfreddo demonstrated forging an integral from round bar on Jerry's air hammer. That's the beautiful knife shown above.
  • Luciano Dorneles demonstrated forging an integral from round bar with a hand-held hammer. This is not something for the weak. It takes lots of skill, endurance, and determination.
  • Jimmy Crowell did a grinding demonstration. I can't remember if it was one he forged at the gathering, or one he brought with him.
  • John Fitch did a nice demonstration on fitting and attaching guards.
  • Fisk and I did grunt work instead of demos. Fisk paid to feed the group -- many thanks.
  • Roger Echols grilled hamburgers for the entire group. This was a big group, and a very hot day. Roger's hard work was certainly appreciated.
  • Sherri Echols and my wife, Patricia made a grocery run for the meat, side dishes, and condiments, and fixed up big batches of baked beans and potato salad for the group.
  • Several of the ladies brought cakes, pastries, etc.
  • The "boys from Brazil" brought some canned cold drinks that are unique to Brazil. I can't remember the name now, but I tried it and it was good.

That's all I can remember at the moment.


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Old 07-07-2004, 03:38 PM
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Thanks for the info Terry. Sounds like a great day it was!

Say my thanks also to all envolved, specialy the ladies. It is always a better day when we can have our wives and girlfriends around the things we love the most, them and knives.


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HEY! I don't recall being invited to the party! ) You guys sound like you had a great time, plus learned something from each other. Dang, I wish I was closer to that area. Carrie and I will be in Texarkana in a couple of weeks, maybe three, and of course there's nothing going on then......


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Old 07-07-2004, 04:58 PM
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That's a beauty and a neat story too. Thanks Jeff!

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Old 07-07-2004, 08:18 PM
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Beautiful, and a nice history to the knife too. I've seen quite a number of the big gaucho-style integrals now, but not one with this blade size, so far. Its a style that really appeals to me. Jason.


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Outstanding story, surpassed only by the knife itself!

Congrats to Jeff, Terry, and to all the Brazillian makers.

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Old 07-08-2004, 11:44 AM
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Hello guys,thank's for the kind words about my work. To be there,with all that good people was an honor,and I would like to thank every one for their felowship.
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Old 07-09-2004, 10:36 AM
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Jason,

Thanks mate. I can't wait to see you give it a try! I have been looking at your posts for some time now and I think you can make a great integral line for yourself! Take a look at the tutorial on my website and if you have any questions write me or any of our guys. We will be happy to help!

Coop,

Congrats goes to everyone, but I am the smalest part of the group. I mean, all I do is show their wonders around.. they do the art after all.

Roger,

Thansk for the kind words, as usual your comments are greatly apreciated.


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