This is something that we just can't seem to get to work, because of paypal's stupid rules (if anyone has a better means of payment, please let me and all the vendors and craftsmen know!..anyways...)
However, the Haslinger passaround knife is back in my hands, in relatively good shape. One "H" pin is chipped, and there's typical wear that can be associated with lots of use, over a year. All in all, though, it's in great shape!
Thomas was very, very grateful for the great comments some of you sent and posted. He figured out areas that need some tweaking and his newest work will show these changes (blade height/knuckle clearance, thinness behind the edge). As a little thank you, he wants the knife to be "sold", with every penny going to KKF, to keep it going strong! However, he also wants it to go to someone who could really use the knife. Either someone who can't afford to treat himself, or an apprentice/young chef, just starting out.
Originally, we wanted a raffle for the knife, and the winner got to choose who gets the prize. However, the winner must PIF it to a worthy recipient. This all seemed great, until we realized that paypal won't allow raffles, etc, etc.
Does anyone have a good idea of how we can raise the appropriate funds, and still PIF this to someone who deserves it? If so, I'm all ears!
Essentially, all we want is this knife to raise money for the forum we all love, as a community, and then get the knife to someone worthy of such a generous gift.