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My name is Jason Howell and I'm a Journeyman Smith in the American Bladesmith Society. I live in the great state of Texas and love making knives.
I think it is a pure craft using a medium that you have virtually total control over. Steel can be heated and reheated, moved and stretched. If you don't like it, change it. Steel will do pretty much anything you ask it to do, you just have to figure out how to ask it. The hand forged blade, particularly those made by ABS Smiths, is fast becoming the most desired handmades out there... and with good reason. Buyers are realizing the smiths' ability to forge a superior blade. Can a forged blade actually perform that much better? I don't know that I could tell you that and actually convince you. You'd really just have to use a great foged knife to convince yourself.
August 2001 Cover of The Cutting Edge