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    Introduction

    Hi KKF
    I'm Dan Prendergast, and I live and work in a small village smithy located in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England.
    A brief resume;
    I've been blacksmithing since 2003. In 2004 I began an apprenticeship to toolmaker Dave Townsend in Deptford, London, making and repairing woodworking tools, masonry tools and various other bits and bobs, including for some reason piano springs (quenched in molten lead!). Unfortunately the apprenticeship didn't last very long, as the business folded after I'd been there only a few months.
    After that, I enrolled in and completed a two year Nat. Dip. in blacksmithing and metalwork at the National School of Blacksmithing in Hereford, after which I returned to Deptford. I worked there as a self-employed ornametal blacksmith, making the usual gates and railings, but also doing some more interesting work such as making swords for the BBC, Martian armour for Disney Films, working in a team doing extensive conservation and restoration at Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, and Canterbury Cathedral, and many wierd (sometimes really, really wierd) and wonderful little jobs beside. I also like to tell people that have work in the National Gallery, which is absolutely true; a piece of art handling equipment!
    In 2011 there were riots in London, including quite literally outside my front window. The rent on our tiny flat was due to go up. We were thinking about having kids, etc. etc., and at the same time the lease for a 17th Century forge and attached cottage came up, so we though "why not?", and moved to the country, where I have since been living and working.


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    About my knives;
    I prefer to work in a broadly "European" style, with a hidden tang and integral bolster, which is a style I prefer for its heft and sturdiness. I have done away with the integral finger guard, which seems useless to me unless you are using violent stabbing motions (!). I do like to make my knives harder and thinner than old school European knives, which I suppose is a nod to the Japanese style. I use low alloy carbon steel exclusively at this time.
    I do also work in other styles, such as a more openly Japanese handle and blade conformation, and the "contemporary" style, which is what I think of as flat blade and scale handles popular among many younger custom makers.
    I have two knives that I call my "stock" knives, a 7.5" and a 9.5". I have the process on these down, and thus the price. I am however happy to discuss individual preferences/customization with clients.


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    Welcome to the forum and can't wait to see more of your work ☺

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    This is the style that I currently prefer to work in, and that I am happy to publish prices for;
    7.5"; £215 ($326)
    9.5"; £245 ($372)

    I will post pieces here as they become available. Maybe try to organize a passaround?



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    More information and pictures to come soon!

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    Welcome Dan
    Huw

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    Thanks for the welcomes!

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    Welcome Dan! We may need to have a chat.
    Last edited by ecchef; 12-02-2015 at 07:42 AM.
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    Welcome Dan! Those are fine looking knives, hope you'll get a passaround going in the states.

    I love the name of the steel you're using--BS1407 (silver steel). Curious how high you take the hrc--Gator's steel chart mentions you can take it up ~64.
    once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right

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    Welcome Dan!


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