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Marko Tsourkan
06-21-2011, 12:14 AM
I have started on several knives and completed two. I have been pleased with an outcome, so I decided to expedite a transition from a custom accessories maker to a part-time knife maker.

I will have to limit taking customization orders, and eventually phase it out. Customizing is a very time intensive process and it cuts heavily into the little free time I have. I will also have to raise prices for my custom work. This will likely result in fewer orders, but more prompt production time and more time for making knives, try new ideas, etc.

I formed a business association with Devin Thomas who will be supply me with his steel (San Mai, damascus) and who is licensing to me his heat treatment process. I am working with Devin on a couple of new tool steels and optimized heat treatment for those, so I am very excited. Working with Devin has been a privilege.

I will do all work in-house in a one-person shop, so all knives will be customs.

Geometry and profiles on my knives are heavily influenced by my favorite makers, Japanese and American. I have spent some time studying them and look at their knives for reference every day. I approach making knives as a user first, then as a maker.

I will continue making some accessories, such as boards, racks, strops, etc. but I will not be taking custom order for those. They will be available for sale when I make them.

I have appreciated your support and encouragement and patience. I hope I won’t disappoint you with my new work,

Thanks,

Marko

PS: I need to do major content change on my site, to reflect these upcoming changes. All orders placed up to now will be honored under terms agreed.

JohnnyChance
06-21-2011, 12:20 AM
Sounds like progress to me! Good luck in your new ventures.

mc2442
06-21-2011, 12:35 AM
Best of luck on your new venture Marko!

AnxiousCowboy
06-21-2011, 01:47 AM
This is exciting. Will be looking forward to seeing your product; maybe in person some time!

tk59
06-21-2011, 02:15 AM
Sounds great! I can't wait to check out your work.

apicius9
06-21-2011, 06:18 AM
That sounds exciting, I look forward to seeing your knives and iother offers as they come up. Good luck,

Stefan

Pensacola Tiger
06-21-2011, 07:53 AM
Congratulations on taking the big step, Marko. Looking forward to seeing your work in the future.

I knew I should have sent that Doi to you for an ebony handle and saya...

Rick

mr drinky
06-21-2011, 09:17 AM
Good luck sir.

k.

Marko Tsourkan
06-21-2011, 10:01 AM
Good luck sir.

k.

Thanks guys! See in in Knife Makers Subforum.

M

Michael Rader
06-21-2011, 11:27 AM
Very cool. Good luck.
-M

Eamon Burke
06-21-2011, 11:46 AM
That's exciting change! Now we need someone to be our saya guy.

Marko Tsourkan
06-21-2011, 12:28 PM
That's exciting change! Now we need someone to be our saya guy.

Right. :)

oivind_dahle
06-21-2011, 12:47 PM
From all high end knifenuts across the world: THANK YOU!

With your knowledge of kitchenknives, your skills, your passion, your perfection and your passion this will be knives out of this world.
Joining up with Devin and Larrin just means super high end knives for nuts like me :)

Dave Martell
06-21-2011, 12:52 PM
Cool news Marko, I know that you'll kick butt in your new endeavor.

Marko Tsourkan
06-21-2011, 12:59 PM
Cool news Marko, I know that you'll kick butt in your new endeavor.

Hey folks, thank you. It happened a bit faster than I would like, but circumstanced dictated it.

Just ordered more steel (hear me Michael?), should be here on Monday next week. Love the proximity to Ohio.

I am anxious to see folks step up and filll the void in saya making and other custom accessories making.

M

Aphex
06-21-2011, 02:45 PM
So when do you think you'll be ready to take any knife orders? I would love to be on board for a new gyuto.

oivind_dahle
06-21-2011, 02:48 PM
He has started taking orders ;)

SpikeC
06-21-2011, 03:05 PM
Best of fortune to you, Marko! Your previous work will stand you in good stead!

Marko Tsourkan
06-21-2011, 05:43 PM
He has started taking orders ;)

Not true, but I will offer knives for sale that make a cut. :)

I would like to explore things and make a few knives to mine liking.

I ordered another kiln (unfortunately, I don't have an easy access to a stove for tempering) and am on a lookout for another dewar with a wider neck. The current will accept knives up to 2 inches wide.

Other than that, I have all tools I need.

M

l r harner
06-21-2011, 11:04 PM
this is the dewar im looking at right now IC-20rx
http://www.internationalcryogenics.com/products/ln2_refrigerator_group/

Line cooked
06-22-2011, 12:10 AM
Excited to see the finished goods...best of luck

Marko Tsourkan
06-22-2011, 01:55 AM
this is the dewar im looking at right now IC-20rx
http://www.internationalcryogenics.com/products/ln2_refrigerator_group/

I looked at Arctic 22. Didn't realize that the one before it had a much wider neck. Thanks!

Lefty
06-22-2011, 09:53 AM
Your work will speak for itself. I can't wait to give one a try!

Marko Tsourkan
06-23-2011, 01:14 AM
Your work will speak for itself. I can't wait to give one a try!

Thanks, Tom -
I will see where it will take me. For one thing, I would like to experiment with handle shape and construction I haven't made before.

M

Marko Tsourkan
06-23-2011, 01:56 PM
Thanks, Tom -
I will see where it will take me. For one thing, I would like to experiment with handle shape and construction I haven't made before.

M

OK folks, I am officially moved!

See you in knife maker subforum.

M