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Reede
10-11-2012, 08:34 PM
I have had a great week. My new trio of knives from Michael Rader came in, and I wanted to show 2 of them here. I wanted to do something a little different, and I approached Michael about doing an integral Wa-handled chef's knife. We tossed around some ideas, and this is the result. Chef's knife, and paring, Wa-handles of Maple burl with curly maple accents. Chef is a little over 10", paring is right at 3. The third knife is an EDC, integral guard, with Koa handle and walrus endcap.

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o496/ReedEdwards/DSC01714.jpg
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Reede
10-11-2012, 08:35 PM
http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o496/ReedEdwards/DSC01706.jpg
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kalaeb
10-11-2012, 08:37 PM
Very nice, what steel?

SpikeC
10-11-2012, 08:39 PM
Those are stunning!

Reede
10-11-2012, 08:39 PM
Sorry, got too many thoughts going through my head. 52100 for the gyuto, and Cru-Forge V for the smaller two.

markenki
10-11-2012, 08:47 PM
Sweet! Congratulations on the new acquisitions. Let us know how you like them after using them a bit. Please post a photo of the third knife as well. Thanks!

Bulldogbacchus
10-11-2012, 08:49 PM
Beautiful. Very beautiful. Congrats.

Reede
10-11-2012, 08:51 PM
For an EDC, I like a small fixed blade that will always be on my belt and accessible with either hand. For my other EDC's, I have a trio of Ed Caffrey EBK's, and a Burt Foster small Dark Side knife. This one is similar in size, 2 3/4 inch blade, integral guard, Koa handle with fossil walrus end cap.
http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o496/ReedEdwards/DSC01704.jpg
Cru-Forge V steel.

SpikeC
10-11-2012, 08:54 PM
Oh my........after seeing these what is the point of making more knives?

WildBoar
10-11-2012, 08:57 PM
Wow, those are nice! Haven't seen much from Rader posted lately; looks like he keeps raising the bar.

Dave Martell
10-11-2012, 09:02 PM
You have very good tastes. Congrats on the trio score!

Johnny.B.Good
10-11-2012, 09:05 PM
Stunning (all of them).

Don't see too many wa handles from Michael. (The shape of the gyuto handle reminds me of your latest, Spike.)

Congrats, Reede. Love that little EDC.

Lefty
10-11-2012, 09:32 PM
Wow...I think I'm now slightly attracted to Michael Rader.

Reede
10-11-2012, 09:51 PM
Oh, and the background for the photos. My grandfather had a creamery and butcher shop, and the butcher's tabletop is one of the things that I ended up with, as well as a Multi-Mixer 5 spindle milkshake maker. The table is about 4x8, and one of this winter's projects will be to refinish it. It has two low spots on either long side, where the 4 cutting stations were.

knyfeknerd
10-11-2012, 10:14 PM
Great stuff. I don't get to see enough of Rader's work. Very impressive.

The hekler
10-11-2012, 10:23 PM
Boy do those look good.

ajhuff
10-11-2012, 10:44 PM
Might be the first Wa-handle knife I have really liked.

-AJ

apicius9
10-11-2012, 10:48 PM
Dang, I am working on something similar but seeing this done in perfection, I may just throw mine away... Beautiful work.

Stefan

wenus2
10-11-2012, 10:59 PM
Wow...I think I'm now slightly attracted to Michael Rader.

Lol, he is a handsome fellow...

jmforge
10-11-2012, 11:20 PM
After hand sanding 2 Cru Forge blades, Michael may be asking the same question.:lol2:
Oh my........after seeing these what is the point of making more knives?

cclin
10-11-2012, 11:21 PM
wow! they are look suprisingly nice! east meet west style!:doublethumbsup:

Don Nguyen
10-12-2012, 12:05 AM
Mother of God!

Those are some of the best looking handles I've ever seen. Beeeautiful angles and shapes.

markenki
10-12-2012, 12:17 AM
For an EDC, I like a small fixed blade that will always be on my belt and accessible with either hand. For my other EDC's, I have a trio of Ed Caffrey EBK's, and a Burt Foster small Dark Side knife. This one is similar in size, 2 3/4 inch blade, integral guard, Koa handle with fossil walrus end cap.
http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o496/ReedEdwards/DSC01704.jpg
Cru-Forge V steel.
Wow.

Don Nguyen
10-12-2012, 12:17 AM
Double post!

AFKitchenknivesguy
10-12-2012, 01:05 AM
I gotta say, Rader is an amazing artist. I gotta get stationed overseas again and make money. If only I knew about him in my golden age of buying knives.

RRLOVER
10-12-2012, 07:03 AM
Love how Clean that gyuto is,great trio of blades!!

NO ChoP!
10-12-2012, 07:48 AM
Nice. Radars work always embodies pure custom. Everyone is uniquely special.

Hey post us a WIP of your table refab...sounds like a fun project.

JMJones
10-12-2012, 09:11 AM
Very impressive set of knives. Enjoy!

Eamon Burke
10-12-2012, 10:35 AM
At this point, if Michael Rader made a pair of knives that could call down stars to seat in the handles and glow white when food is near, I would not be surprised. I've never had a single person be unimpressed by his knives--laymen, woodworkers, cooks, metalworkers, artists, everyone.

Great choices on your part though!

Von blewitt
10-12-2012, 10:58 AM
I love the look of Rader knives, but I'm curious how they cut? Anyone got one they can comment on?

stereo.pete
10-12-2012, 11:48 AM
I have one word about that integral wa-bolster, stunning!

Michael Rader
10-12-2012, 12:23 PM
Thanks guys. I'm sorry I'm not a vendor here anymore, but KKF is a great place and I miss posting knives for you all to see.

Some of you had commented that you might as well stop making knives - I know you are joking - and I greatly appreciate the compliments. However, I am a firm believer in the value of inspiration. I was inspired by many of the other great makers that came before me and never thought I could make knives like them. Now I do - and better. So can you. I hope to inspire you to be a better maker. I want to challenge you to innovate and break the mold.

And in a funny way, it is good for me too because if I know you are breathing down my neck, it forces me to get better and not be lazy. I hope that I'm doing the same thing to Mr. Kramer and Mr. Carter right now. They has been great for my business and I'm pretty sure I am good for their businesses too. Just a few thoughts there for ya today.

Thanks for everything. -M

SpikeC
10-12-2012, 01:34 PM
Thank you, Michael!

tk59
10-12-2012, 03:01 PM
Nice set of knives! I'd like to know how the Cru Forge holds up.

cookinstuff
10-13-2012, 12:36 AM
Hehe competition is the best in every industry, keeps the old guys on their toes, and keeps the young guys pushing the envelope. I know the chefs on here can relate that's for sure. The trick is getting the young ones who are doing things you don't understand to work for you, and teach them the old school stuff they don't know as well.

cookinstuff
10-13-2012, 12:37 AM
Ohya, and those are goddamn ridiculous!

statusquo
10-13-2012, 09:56 AM
Beautiful set of knives