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    Black snot and steel splinters #2

    I'm real tired and slow right now so that's the best I can do for thread title . It's the "general" thread over at my kkfora sub.

    What's up:
    Hustle for a fair up in northern Sweden, Lycksele 27-29/5
    Having a break from custom orders to review my process and numbers for a bit. I want to focus on what makes both me and customers most happy.


    Coming up:
    Passaround
    Elmax peeling knives
    A dive into chukas and maybe nakiri
    Play with new steels and heat treatment. I'll stay with the vacuum ht for stainless/aeb-l, atleast for a good bit, possibly indefinately but I'm setting up oven and things.

    Contest time! Best advice or joke (or general creative stuff that makes me smile) in 24 hours gets this "second". I have a big plastic bag on the shop wall with knives I'm not happy to sell. This one is a full tang field knife with juma scales and nickelsilver corby rivets, kydex sheath. Aeb-l 63 hrc, which is a bit hard for a knife like this, but edge holds up Click image for larger version. 

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    I'll probably not setup the subforum properly until after that fair, if you're curious about my knives have a look at instagram as that's where I post most of what I'm up to. I'll post some here too. I'll try to make some timelapse videos when I work today.

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    'You, and only you, should set the value of your talents, ideas, services, and/or product. Don't ever expect anyone to pay or give you more than they have to.' As an entrepreneur, you have to get used to the fact that, quite often, you'll be faced with an offer that seems less than the value of your talent, ideas, services, or product. That's business. You are the sole arbiter of what you, your ideas, services, or product is worth. Therefore, what you get is what you are willing to settle for. You have to fight for what you feel you're worth.

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    That's some solid and relevant advice Bkultra. Thank you, much appreciated. I am learning to claim my value, and express myself a little better. I will however continue to try and "be myself" also

    In sweden we have something called "jantelagen" which is mentality rooted in many of us here, it's basically about "not believing you're something special".

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    Quote Originally Posted by RDalman View Post
    That's some solid and relevant advice Bkultra. Thank you, much appreciated. I am learning to claim my value, and express myself a little better. I will however continue to try and "be myself" also

    In sweden we have something called "jantelagen" which is mentality rooted in many of us here, it's basically about "not believing you're something special".
    But you are special :/ you make special things everyday, think about how many people's lives you've changed. As a cook my knives are like family. I spend more time with my tanaka in my hand than I do talking to my family. It's literally my partner, arguably my best friend. A lot of chefs feel this way and I presume more so as you provide them with custom knives that many people believe they helped bring to life. Your a creator my friend. Like it or not you are special. it's the fact that your knives are special that got people so excited, your grind is unlike that of anyone elses. It's so unique, it blew my mind when I first saw it. Combine that with your use of local materials, your basically the noma of knives.

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    Greetings Robin! I was wondering when you would get your own space here. I'm on your list for a custom sometime in the near future, looking forward to it!

    The only advice I can give comes from my experience as a doctor, researcher, and an engineer: You can alway tell if a project is worth your time if you ask yourself how excited are you to show the world the result. Pursue those ideas that excite you. No matter the outcome, you will rest easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ash987 View Post
    The only advice I can give comes from my experience as a doctor, researcher, and an engineer
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    Quote Originally Posted by Godslayer View Post
    But you are special :/ you make special things everyday, think about how many people's lives you've changed. As a cook my knives are like family. I spend more time with my tanaka in my hand than I do talking to my family. It's literally my partner, arguably my best friend. A lot of chefs feel this way and I presume more so as you provide them with custom knives that many people believe they helped bring to life. Your a creator my friend. Like it or not you are special. it's the fact that your knives are special that got people so excited, your grind is unlike that of anyone elses. It's so unique, it blew my mind when I first saw it. Combine that with your use of local materials, your basically the noma of knives.
    Daaaamn that's the best compliment I've got. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ash987 View Post
    Greetings Robin! I was wondering when you would get your own space here. I'm on your list for a custom sometime in the near future, looking forward to it!

    The only advice I can give comes from my experience as a doctor, researcher, and an engineer: You can alway tell if a project is worth your time if you ask yourself how excited are you to show the world the result. Pursue those ideas that excite you. No matter the outcome, you will rest easy.
    Steel is in! I'll cut it tomorrow and show
    And your advice is true, this is some seriously good advice here. You kind of set an idea, maybe we can try it for your knife. Email inbound tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkultra View Post
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    Heh, I like to change it up every 5 years. I think 3/4 of my extended family has no idea what my profession is at any given time.

    Quote Originally Posted by RDalman View Post
    Steel is in! I'll cut it tomorrow and show
    And your advice is true, this is some seriously good advice here. You kind of set an idea, maybe we can try it for your knife. Email inbound tomorrow.
    Aww, yeah!

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