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05-11-2011, 03:51 PM
Any opinions on knives from John Jones from Bangor Maine?

I'm just a few months into kitchen knives so I don't know what to look for. These knives are good looking but the Japanese inspired top knife, in particular seems off in a way I can't explain. The bottom one appeals to me.

Here's what he says about himself:

I am a part time custom knife maker using both forging and stock removal methods. I have also recently started forging my own Damascus to use for my blades. I use a variety of steels including 1084/ 15n20 Damascus, 1095, W-2, 52100, D-2 and 154 CM. All heat treating is carefully done in-house, based on the steel manufacturerís recommendations, with an Even Heat knife makers kiln and appropriate quench mediums. I also include a leather or Kydex sheath with most of my knives.

http://img600.imageshack.us/img600/9973/jonesknife.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/600/jonesknife.jpg/)
Full Length12 Blade Length7 Blade MaterialD2 Tool Steel Handle MaterialStabilized Redwood Burl Bolsters/GuardWrought Iron

http://img546.imageshack.us/img546/7611/jones12inch.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/546/jones12inch.jpg/)
Full Length13 inches Blade Length8 inches Blade MaterialForged W2 tool steel with Hamon Handle MaterialStabilzed Maple Burl Bolsters/Guardwrought iron

http://img815.imageshack.us/img815/1207/jonesdamascus.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/815/jonesdamascus.jpg/)
Full Length14 Blade Length9.25 Blade Material1084 and 15n20 Handle MaterialStabilized Redwood Burl Bolsters/Guard416 Stainless

All knives are sold with a Lifetime Guarantee. If you donít like a knife that you receive from me, send it back for a full refund. If the quality or performance of the knife does not meet the intended purpose, I will fix or replace the knife free of charge.

Pensacola Tiger
05-11-2011, 03:57 PM
Well, you could always PM him and ask if he'd make a knife with a profile you do like. He's a member here.

Have you seen his WIP thread on BladeForums? http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php/782963-Damascus-Chef-s-Knife-WIP

Salty dog
05-12-2011, 08:16 AM
They look clumsy.

05-12-2011, 08:42 AM
The bottom knife is getting close, the rest look like kitchen knives made by a hunting knife guy who doesn't fully understand kitchen knives. Sorry to be so brutally honest, but we've seen this many times before.

05-12-2011, 09:38 AM
The talent is there, it will just take a good knowledge of the shapes/grind we all prefer and why.
Definitely on the right path, if you ask me!

05-12-2011, 12:48 PM
All the comments are on the money. I didn't know how to articulate it. It's clear he has skill the WIP shows his passion and willingness to work hard.

Makers who really know how to use the knife in a kitchen are at a distinct advantage.

Eamon Burke
05-12-2011, 04:50 PM
Looks like someone needs to do some passarounds. :P