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    Announcement for 2016 and A Catcheside Christmas Sparkles WIP

    A festive WIP for you, and a fun one because I have no idea how its going to look, its freeform man, Im going off off piste, smoke me a kipper.....I may be some time.

    This could be for a customer, a very patient one who we have not managed to decide exactly what he would like yet....so this could be his See how it turns out. You know who you are


    Working process and availability for 2016
    This also brings me to a brief synopsis and demonstration of how I am going to work and sell my high end pieces in 2016. Basically Im not taking commissions. I'm going to make it up as I go along, document the work and it will find a customer as I go. This makes everything more exciting to me, it puts it back into a direct live interaction with the Public on the Forum and work that is actually live and available. Having tried the very long waiting list thing, I will try it this way instead.

    The super high end damascus stuff does not suit everyone, nor should it. Rarely but occasionally you see someone who has missed the point with this type of work, so feel it best to clarify one more time should there be no doubt.

    I use my best grind and best steels or so close you would not notice in my everyday knives. If you buy a Catcheside Mono or San mai, you get the very best of my knowledge and accumulated experience in Grind, heat treatment, the feel of the knife the way it handles, everything related to performance in that knife. Its Just not as pretty to look at, this high end damascus stuff is just because we can, for the art of doing it and because I am fortunate enough to have found a Market for this purely extravagant line of work and I mean extravagant in time which of course makes them costly. No bubbles here its all worked out on an hourly workshop rate.

    So San mai and mono's will be made weekly for direct sale and i will continue to strive for performance and consistency in these.

    Please interact and comment on my WIP posts, its so important for feedback and energy, if you think it stinks say so, please don't put us makers on a pedestal, Its lonely, I love to hear good things and compliments buts its really important to get pure honest critique without fear of upsetting or ruining anything. Fear be gone and that is from me as well, I think a constant weight of commitments has kind of worn me into a slightly guilty silence on here but Im nearly caught up, I have some loose ends and some unfulfilled promises still and will be able to finally get all these tied up

    So thats my brief rant bit and really quite important news on how my work will now be available.

    To sum up, no commissions, no waiting lists, everything will be live and direct. The high end stuff will be an interactive blog and san mai and mono's will be made weekly. All News and availabilities will be made Here and via my mailing list.

    I would like to hear any thoughts on this, I realise that its important for some to choose custom details and I will likely still offer custom handle options on some finished blades as I get into a rhythm .....but don't think I am closing myself off from feedback, it just makes direct feedback more important. I want to make enough stock to do as many Shows as possible next year and that means Live interaction and examples to actually try.
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    These will at the Gatherings........Blade Show.......and Gembeux in Belgium for a start in 2016 and introduce some more U.S. based ones the following year. Any suggestions welcome...

    don't be worried about butting into the WIP with thoughts on anything Ive written here, I just felt like putting it all in one as a case in point, I realise now it could get a bit confusing but ultimately I can put stuff into something properly worded in a proper announcement thread here on my website and on via my newsletter for 2016, in the mean time I look forward to feedback opinions and comment on all the above and we can have the WIP as a kind of light entertainment to all the above.

    In the mean time let the Damazacasamza commence!

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    Like this very much. Gives everyone an equal shot at your work. Downside is funding these off-the-cuff purchases. I love to squirrel away some cash for purchases whenever possible, but for truly top notch high-end work, it will be tough to move knives and gather funds quickly enough! That speaks more to my financial limits than to your model, however. I am sure quite a few of us will be following closely with paypal accounts pre-loaded for quick clicking when you post something new and drool worthy.

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    I see your point there. But I think I can often be a little flexible as I find some rhythm for it. Say for example I can make a batch of damascus once a month, (alongside my weekly mono's and san mai). Enough damascus for say 3 knives, One I can make and offer it for sale outright handle and all. The other could be offered as semi custom, i.e. custom handle, a few subtle profile tweaks, keeping some damascus in reserve for the occasional whoops I broke your blade! or show pieces to take on the road.
    A big part of it for me with the damascus is I have found a certain damascus end product lends itself to a certain blade shape, or idea. This and if you want to experiment and develop new-ish patterns it becomes impossible to offer a fixed menu. But I can see scope within this for saying I have this blade profiled in this pattern, here is a finished blade of what the material looks like, I'm open to custom/ semi custom order from the this whatever blank with a few minor profile tweaks and custom handle. That means payment could at least be split into two. As long as I could work that in with no accumulated waiting list.

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    Here is the light entertainment part of the post...... Maybe I should have done two post but oh well, lets make it work could be fun or unique at least


    We start a rather strange shaped bar. I have been fiddling with it a while, it is a micro basket weave, which I forged into some special shaped fullered dies before grinding parts to develop the pattern in different ways when forged out. I also have a simple high layer laminate 1000 ish layers for the edge, and another bar of basket weave from a different perspective...... Im forging all these materials down as accurately as possible to 10mm square bars.







    With all the bars forged out I can start to lay them out to get the lengths and work out which will be twisted which way.



    Next everything gets cleaned in acid, before twisting as tight and even as can be.

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    What would be really nice is for the GBP to take it on the chin vs the USD.....Say about 1.25 GBP per USD...THAT would be awesome lol.

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    Well if you don't ask..... other than move to the states,,, Cant do much about that, (I hate the weather here but that might be a bit of an extreme move)maybe I could move to a tax haven for knife makers, or start one, lol
    One thing this might open up for me is the possibility of doing batches of certain things, like group buys at a reduced rate to get more people in at an entry level.
    Will have to see how my time plays out on that though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smurfmacaw View Post
    What would be really nice is for the GBP to take it on the chin vs the USD.....Say about 1.25 GBP per USD...THAT would be awesome lol.
    How about you move down to sunny old aus before whinging about that 😜

    Almost every knife i am interested has riseb in price by 20-30% for us aussies over the past 12-18 months.

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    I like the sound of a group buy. I have never gotten a chance to try one of your blades.

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    I think it is a great move Will. Frees you up to make what you want to make. Some people may have to adjust in how they purchase. But ultimately it is how we buy most expensive things. Save the money and wait/find its availibility.

    Though i would throw at the idea of at least offering handle upgrades for those that can't afford one of your top knives but want a little extra blong on their monosteel or san mai

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    Thanks you Sir.
    Great idea that, certainly doable on handle upgrades.

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