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    Blast from the past!!

    A few weeks before Christmas I received a phone call from a guy asking about a knife I made. He had acquired it from the person who bought it off me about 5 years ago. As we talked and he described the knife. He wanted to know if it was "worth" what he paid for it.

    He emailed me a photo as we talked, I looked at the knife and was surprised to see it. So I started telling him about the knife, and what materials were used to make it. etc. It was one of the very first pieces of damascus that Randy Jr. forged. and indeed it was one of my knives. After a nice talk. I closed with "If you ever wanted to sell it. I would be interested." He laughed and thanked me for my time and help.. Saying he had heard what he needed to know. I wished him a Merry Christmas and hung up the phone.

    Many weeks past and he called again. To my surprise. He said he thought about the fact this knife represented HHH and meant more to me then it ever could to him and he wanted me to have it. To which I was amazed and excited. I almost jumped outa my chair. He offered it to me for what he paid. and emailed me a receipt. As if I was gona doubt him at this point, or question the price.

    So the knife arrived this week. and its Beautiful! Its everything I remember it to be and more.

    Funny how holding and seeing it again brought back memory's like a snapshot in time. Brought me right back to when it was made. The damascus was forged on a harbor freight anvil with a 3 pound hammer with a less then optimal forge. But God was smiling down on us that day. Randy Jr was trying to make a detailed pattern much beyond his ability's and tools. and it was not working out. He was frustrated, tired, and ready to throw this damascus away. I mean, after a couple days of forging the layer count up on the damascus. then doing a birds eye type pattern and re forging He was gona throw it in the scrap pile and start over.

    Thats when I had a talk with my 19 year son. Something about taking lemons and making lemon aid. That things dont always go as planned and that sucks. Yet what matters is how you deal with stuff when that happens. blah, blah, blah.. I then suggested that he take the damascus he was ready to scrap. Cut it into thirds and add alternating pieces of steel between each of the pieces and forge weld that together and draw it out into a bar.

    It worked!!! and after many more hours of forging and hammering.



    I gota share this with you all. Working with Randy Jr. has been great. and its been a great challenge at times. Yet as a father. Im super proud of my son! As a man, I am honored to call him friend. And as a knife maker. Im Happy to have him on my team!

    He has come so far from that day. BLAZING his own path here at HHH Knives. Forging beautiful damascus and continuing to push to make even wilder and more unique stuff. Learning and growing. setting goals and reaching them. Overcoming, ever changing, and always trying to make each piece his very, very best. I dont know what you would call that? But I call it "Priceless!!!"


    Thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement over the years!!

    God Bless YA
    Randy


    Here are a few pictures I just took of the knife.








    And a picture from back when I first made the knife.



    and a picture of Jr forging damascus on that 50lb Harbor freight anvil. With his first car in the background!


    God is GOOD! ALL the time!!
    Randy

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    Senior Member Mrmnms's Avatar
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    You have a lot to be proud of and grateful for. You've come a long way in a short time, but this is a special knife. Glad it found it's way home to you.

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    Frickin AWESOME! What a great story and exceptional knife.

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    Funny how things turn up after time! Good thing Jr. didn't scrap that blank - It came out so damn nice... Thanks for sharing this Randy!

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    Great story and memory to share! That piece has some wonderful history behind it, and it's path back to you somewhat serendipitous!
    Looking at the picture of Jr hammering it out one of my initial thoughts was "man, his neighbors must be really cool to not mind that constant banging and racket!"


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    Cool story bro…no seriously, very cool story Randy and thanks for sharing as always!
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    Its always a pleasure to share GOOD NEWS!

    Thanks guys for taking the time to read and check this out.
    Randy

    Inspired by God, Forged by Fire, Tempered by Water, Grounded by Earth, Guided by the spirit.. Randy Haas

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