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    Quote Originally Posted by markenki View Post
    Marko Tsourkan, another member here, would be my first choice if I were in your shoes.
    I love Marko's work (and am patiently waiting for a few of his knives as we speak). Check out his gallery: http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/sh...Knives-Gallery

    If you have your heart set on Damascus, you might see if he can do something for you with Devin Thomas's steel: http://www.devinthomas.com/damascusSteel.cfm

    I don't think you can go wrong with any of the makers here, so take your time and check out all of their work. I would also look at the galleries of member owned knives, as there are many stunning pieces to be seen: http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/fo...Gear-Galleries

    What are you cutting with now? I would definitely use the time between now and when your masterpiece arrives to learn to sharpen, as you will want to have the skills and confidence to keep it in tip top shape.

    Jon Broida (a member and vendor here) has great videos on sharpening, as well as a large selection of high-end knives from Japan (in case you change your mind and decide to buy something off the shelf): http://www.japaneseknifeimports.com/media

    Welcome to the forum!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99Limited View Post
    Don't let Pierre Rodrigue's modest post through you off. His damascus work rocks and he'd be an excellent choice to make what you want! Having your funds to commission a custom knife or two is great, but there is one thing you will have to consider. You're going to have to wait for delivery. Maybe a year or more depending on who you choose. Don't let this throw you off though. Once you have you knife in your hand, your wait will be forgotten and you will be just beginning years of pleasure using your one-of-a-kind custom piece of cutlery.

    By the way, Welcome to the forum.
    +1 he is making me one right now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zerob View Post
    My wife and I were married this year which is the year of the dragon, so some type of dragon/phoenix motif on a Damascus knife would be ideal.
    Here are examples of both from Japanese maker Watanabe (not Damascus however): http://www.watanabeblade.com/english...gonphoenix.jpg

    And a phoenix on Damascus (also from Watanabe): http://www.watanabeblade.com/english...l/phoenix1.jpg

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    Great insight guys. I am willing to wait for a knife. It'll be even sweeter once it comes. I am using some standard Henkels chefs knife which is ok, but I could use something better.

    Here's who I like so far:
    DevinT-amazing steel and damascus work
    Marko- I like the shape of the knives I've seen from him
    Pierre- Awesome stuff

    Others:
    Mario (RRLover)- trying to find more info on his work
    Adam Marr- I see that he does a lot of handles, how are his knives?

    Anyone know more on Mike Davis?

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    If you want a great performing knife **with a killer edge right off the bat**, Dave Martell's gotta be a front-runner He doesn't do damascus much, but I think he could snag some and work with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zerob View Post
    Great insight guys. I am willing to wait for a knife. It'll be even sweeter once it comes. I am using some standard Henkels chefs knife which is ok, but I could use something better.

    Here's who I like so far:
    DevinT-amazing steel and damascus work
    Marko- I like the shape of the knives I've seen from him
    Pierre- Awesome stuff

    Others:
    Mario (RRLover)- trying to find more info on his work
    Adam Marr- I see that he does a lot of handles, how are his knives?

    Anyone know more on Mike Davis?
    Having seen and used examples of nearly every knifemaker's work, I would choose Devin, Marko and Mario, in that order. That said, knifemakers here are always looking to progress and I wouldn't be surprised if some others ought to be in the mix. I would also consider Dave Martell and possibly Murray Carter. I hope I'm not missing anybody. I consider Mike Davis somewhat unproven but his early work suggests his knives will be (if they aren't already) excellent performers. I also think he has a very good aesthetic sense. I think Murray's knives are excellent but I agree with detractors that the edge retention on his knives leaves something to be desired.

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    it might just be me, but i think there will likely be some problems coming from henkels and whatnot to a super-high-end knife like any of the above mentioned... you may want to buy something better than what you have now to learn on (use, sharpening, care, etc) so you can be ready for whatever you end up with down the road... just a thought.

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    Wow I am surprised that no one has mentioned Randy, and Randy Jr. with HHH Knives. I have not tried any of his work but what I see with his damascus and the handles they would also go well with what you are looking for. I also think that your budget would be right on with them too. My fav. knife on this forum is his meteorite he made. Don't get me wrong everyone here mentioned is just as good, I am just surprised he hasn't been mentioned. Link to his gallery

    http://www.hhhcustomknives.com/gallery/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crothcipt View Post
    Wow I am surprised that no one has mentioned Randy, and Randy Jr. with HHH Knives. I have not tried any of his work but what I see with his damascus and the handles they would also go well with what you are looking for. I also think that your budget would be right on with them too. My fav. knife on this forum is his meteorite he made. Don't get me wrong everyone here mentioned is just as good, I am just surprised he hasn't been mentioned. Link to his gallery

    http://www.hhhcustomknives.com/gallery/
    Have you ever used one? Perhaps HHH knives have improved but those I've tried have not been first class cutters. Same goes for Fowler and Rodrigue although I think there's a lot of evidence for Pierre making better cutters of late.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crothcipt View Post
    Wow I am surprised that no one has mentioned Randy, and Randy Jr. with HHH Knives. I have not tried any of his work but what I see with his damascus and the handles they would also go well with what you are looking for. I also think that your budget would be right on with them too. My fav. knife on this forum is his meteorite he made. Don't get me wrong everyone here mentioned is just as good, I am just surprised he hasn't been mentioned. Link to his gallery

    http://www.hhhcustomknives.com/gallery/
    Good point. They have made some truly amazing knives. Don't know why I didn't mention them too. Sorry.

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