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Burl Source
06-02-2013, 03:21 PM
Congratulations to blade smith Aaron Wilburn of Redding California.
Aaron Wilburn became a Master Smith and won the B.R. Hughes award at Blade.
Not a lot of people know Aaron. When I spoke to him earlier he said he kept hearing people say "who are you, I never heard of you before".
Aaron stops by here once in a while. Very friendly and humble guy.
He told me he makes knives but I never knew he was any good at this stuff until he told me he was testing for Master Smith this year.

Aaron makes kitchen knives as well as the normal stuff. (I have one on the way in a few weeks)
Here are a few photos of his knives.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7404/8857016055_97fb0804d6_c.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7313/8856829587_8db4981c53_c.jpg
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8533/8857440570_645ce71eb2_c.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7404/8856828223_9392d62f34_c.jpg

and some kitchen knives

http://www.wilburnforge.com/uploads/2/2/9/6/2296822/5490589_orig.jpg
http://www.wilburnforge.com/uploads/2/2/9/6/2296822/2844613_orig.jpg
http://www.wilburnforge.com/uploads/2/2/9/6/2296822/1467753_orig.jpg

mr drinky
06-02-2013, 03:26 PM
That's cool. Salty bought a blade of his a couple of years back, and I have written him a couple of times to inquire about pricing. Doesn't his daughter also make knives? I think I had a small crush on her at one point in time.

k.

Lefty
06-02-2013, 03:30 PM
Beautiful work!

mr drinky
06-02-2013, 08:20 PM
Just for a looksey. I believe the blade below is the one Salty acquired a couple of years ago. And here is a video of Salty using the blade.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wOrMRAztWqE#at=121

k.

ejd53
06-02-2013, 08:44 PM
Beautiful control on that Damascus!!

Salty dog
06-02-2013, 09:21 PM
Cool! I'll have to hang on to that one. Value probably just went up to!

Don Nguyen
06-03-2013, 12:22 AM
Wow, his stuff is quite amazing.

Mucho Bocho
06-03-2013, 08:58 AM
Beautiful craftsman. Just what the world needed, another knife maker making knives that only cost a grand.

Lefty
06-03-2013, 09:16 AM
Now I remember when Salty "took a chance" on it. Nice call, man.

WiscoNole
06-03-2013, 10:12 PM
Love those daggers or whatever you'd call them.

Johnny.B.Good
06-03-2013, 11:41 PM
Some pretty amazing looking work on display here.

If you're reading this, Aaron, congratulations!

mr drinky
06-03-2013, 11:54 PM
Town Cutler has a Wilburn blade for sale if you have a K to blow.

k.

mr drinky
06-04-2013, 12:01 AM
And here is Aaron passing the bend test portion.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sfs2114aTnw

k.

Von blewitt
06-04-2013, 05:38 AM
And here is Aaron passing the bend test portion.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sfs2114aTnw

k.
Painfull to watch but very impressive. Cool hat too

Burl Source
06-04-2013, 02:59 PM
Love those daggers or whatever you'd call them.
For the Master Smith test you have to make a quillion dagger. Aaron made 2.
I wonder if fluted handles like that would ever catch on in the kitchen knife world.
I'd bet Stefan or Mike could make some.

Nasr
06-05-2013, 02:22 AM
A Smith to Watch
Congratulations Aaron .BR Hughes Award winner as well which is given to the bet knife submitted by a Master Smith candidate.
I have a damascus gyuto from Aaron it is a wonderful piece,I look forward to the next

stereo.pete
06-05-2013, 11:28 PM
A Smith to Watch
Congratulations Aaron .BR Hughes Award winner as well which is given to the bet knife submitted by a Master Smith candidate.
I have a damascus gyuto from Aaron it is a wonderful piece,I look forward to the next
Pics?

xdrewsiferx
06-06-2013, 10:12 PM
Doesn't his daughter also make knives? I think I had a small crush on her at one point in time.

k.

Yes she does.

We just got in her second knife made and I will post a photo once its shot.

Aaron has really been excelling in his work over the last two years and made some dramatic improvements. He is also a wonderful guy, I have known him for a number of years now and I really cant say a bad thing about him.

Aaron Wilburn
06-07-2013, 09:04 PM
Hello to All
First time posting here!!!
Thanks Mark for starting this thread.
Ill have pics of my test knives as soon as Francesca helps me upload them

pitonboy
06-07-2013, 09:13 PM
Welcome and congratulations! Glad to have your input here

Dave Martell
06-07-2013, 09:34 PM
Hello to All
First time posting here!!!
Thanks Mark for starting this thread.
Ill have pics of my test knives as soon as Francesca helps me upload them


Welcome to KKF Aaron

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Lefty
06-09-2013, 09:54 AM
This is one of the most understatedly incredible looking knives I have ever seen! I want one.....

WiscoNole
06-09-2013, 09:17 PM
are we completely sure that the man in that video isn't Ron Swanson?