I have been lurking on KKF for a few years now, and decided it was about time to take the plunge and actually participate. I am a graduate architect with a passion for design, travel, photography and anything that involves getting out in the the workshop and making something with my hands. it was during a backpacking trip of europe in 2011 that i came across a small cutlery store in verona, italy and discovered the world of handmade high quality cutlery. i still have the 8 inch chef knife i managed to fit into my pack and bring home and thats where my love of sharp and shiny things began. it took until 2017, after returning from an extended working holiday overseas dreaming of all the projects i wanted to make once i had my workshop back, that i discovered knifemaking. I began forging 1075 and then decided to focus on stainless steel blades (Aebl and NitroV predominantly). i now make knives part time and get a lot more enjoyment and fulfillment from working with my hands than being a CAD monkey for projects that more often than not never see the light of day (plus the paperwork really was a drain). Long story short I wouldn't be where i am without the helpful and knowledgeable members of KKF as i usually managed to find information to any question or niggling doubt i have had over my short time making, and longer time, trying to use knives.