Hi everyone ,
I have been on forums about 5 years now and I have to say I fell into the very deep hole with knives .Lot deeper than most of you can imagine
My name is Mert Tansu and I am the chef of a big winery in Hunter Valley , NSW , Australia . I got interested in better knives to perform better at my job and further i researched further I got sucked in . I finally took a dive almost 3 years ago and visited a local knifemaker Keith Fludder and made my first knife
And I caught the knife bug ... I have started buying simple tools and spending my days off in my shed trying to make knives
almost year later I have visited Keith again to learn how to forge knives and I have start getting few request for custom knives and my knifemaking journey officially began , bought more tools ... more materilas , more trial and errors .. Fast forward after 40 or so knives later Last year I have decided to visit Bill Burke in Boise , Idaho to learn more about how to make kitchen knives and san mai .
It was a great experience and learned a lot from him and still bug him every now and then with quesions
from that point on things kept rolling and I pushed the limits of "hobbyist knifemaker" along with running a kitchen
In november 2015 We have moved into our new house which has a seperate workshop and knifemaking became a part time job rather than being a hobby.
I have purchased second grinder and started focusing more on my heat treatment , fit and finish and grinds .
Well , a powerhammer was needed too right ?
Recently i have attended my first knife show , managed to catch up with few people I met over the forums and met lots of people who follow me on social media . Didn't
sell many knives was but i went home happy at least
I will be sharing lots of knife pics , have few years worth of stuff to catch up and lots food pictures and food videos .
Happy to finally join as a pro craftsman , will post some knife stuff soon , let me know if you have any questions