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Mark of the Maker is a panel discussion with renowned custom knife makers Tom Krein, Sean Kendrick and Michael Burch, and hosted by Mark Stheiner. The format is much like a group of friends sitting around in The Pit at Blade Show, talking knives - a look at life from the perspective of the maker as well as the collector. Covering broader topics such as tactical knife history, trends, industry commentary and influences of social media, as well as conversations with other knifemakers, collecto ...
 
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We chat about what makes a "good knife," and offer some tips on what to look for when checking out a knife at a show or from a maker that is new to you. We hit both folders and fixed blades, in this mini that turned into a "halfisode." Follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.…
 
We decided we needed to spend a bit more time talking with Billy Cho about some of the challenges newer makers face in today's custom knife world, and Billy was gracious enough to join us for some additional conversation. This one turned into a 2-way Q&A, so there should be something in here for just about everyone. Check out our Patreon and fo ...…
 
Knifemaker Billy Cho joins Mark of the Maker for a discussion about his life, his knives, what inspires his work and his perspective as a newer knifemaker. Billy has a pretty wide-ranging personal story, which helps paint yet another version of the story about where a knifemaker can emerge from. Check out our Patreon and follow us on Instagram ...…
 
The incredibly talented Nick Rolfe joins us to chat about knives, his life, and his own journey from collecting knives to using them in Search and Rescue. We have a very frank and open conversation about people of color in and around the knife world and Nick shares his own picks for a Three Knife Collection. Check out our Patreon and follow us ...…
 
If you could only keep three knives from your collection, which would you keep and why? We chat about this as well as the fun version of it - if you could add three knives of unlimited budget or attainability, what would you pick and why? We'd love to hear your own picks, please share them with us! Tag us on IG or use the hashtag #threeknifecol ...…
 
In Episode 29, we welcome David Sharp back to Mark of the Maker. David was kind enough to help us with our Loveless history episode and this time we talk with David about his own knifemaking journey. We talk about David's background, his unique path into knifemaking, his preferences in design and style and a bit about what makes him tick outsid ...…
 
We chat about our Blade Show 2019 experience and some differences in the show this year. Some good, some not so good, but always a fun time overall. Like last year, we share some sound clips from the floor and some words from some Friends of The Show Jeremy Marsh, Brian Efros, Billy Cho, Chris Taylor and Luke Swenson. Check out our Patreon and ...…
 
In the second installment of this minisode series, we talk with Sean Kendrick about how his first semester of college wrapped up and what he's taken away from the experience so far. Follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on Facebook for more conversation.By Mark of the Maker.
 
Blade Show is coming up fast, so we wanted to revisit the topic of show etiquette. Knife shows are a great experience, both for knives and for the social aspect. The first 30 minutes of this episode is new content and the addition of some topics we didn't catch last time. The remainder is a remastered version of Episode 11, dedicated to show et ...…
 
The crew digs into the history and work of one of the world's most influential knife makers, Bob Loveless. Special guest and knifemaker David Sharp joins us, a student of the Loveless Knives style and a friend of Jim Merritt and the Merritt family. David shares some additional insights into the "how" and "why" behind the Loveless Knives formula ...…
 
With the solitary world many custom makers function in, sometimes the need for a bit of maintenance goes beyond the machines and into the mind. Michael and Sean discuss some of these challenges and how they try to deal with them. Many of you may find similar things rattling around upstairs, knifemaker or otherwise. This one gets a bit personal, ...…
 
In this minisode, Tom talks about his love of hatchets, axes and tomahawks. We chat about both traditional and tactical styles and discuss a few great makers and designs out there today. This minisode ran a bit longer than usual, but we expect it's one you'll enjoy. Did we miss your favorite axe or tomahawk maker or design? Let us know! Follow ...…
 
We are joined by knifemaker Chris Taylor of Taylor Made Knives in this episode. Chris tells us about his life, his work and how he came into the knife making world. Although he isn't a really a new maker, he's new to the "big show" scene and we discuss some of the challenges that newer makers face as their work becomes more well known and in de ...…
 
In this minisode series, we'll talk with Sean Kendrick about how his experience going back to school later in life is impacting his knifemaking. Sean talks about what got him motivated to head down this path and a little about how it has already influenced his perspective. Follow us on Instagram @markofthemaker or join our discussion group on F ...…
 
We had questions for one another, about life and about knifemaking - so we asked them. These turned into discussions that we thought you might find fun, interesting or helpful. Topics range from music to back pain to knife making processes and belt selection and even a conversation about cars. Definitely a ramble and one that ran longer than an ...…
 
Custom knifemaker Jeremy Marsh joins us this time on Mark of the Maker. Jeremy is a toolmaker by trade and he explains how his experiences as a tool and die maker helped him gain the skills to form the basis of his craft. As seems to often be the case, his background has some common touchpoints with our own but for sure, Jeremy's story is uniqu ...…
 
The Crew rejoins after a long winter break. We discuss happenings over the last few weeks, review our own 2018's, talk resolutions and trends for 2019 and point out some makers to watch as we roll into the new year. Just a casual, wandering conversation to get back into the groove and a look ahead into 2019. Sean's got news, Tom's got a surpris ...…
 
We are joined by knife collector Justin Laffer for another Collector Spotlight episode. Justin shares his perspective with us on a variety of topics relevant to the knife community and the current state of the custom knife scene. As always, Justin is eloquent and well-spoken as we hit some key touchpoints facing both collectors and makers today ...…
 
You know you've seen them before - knives that have "that look" and give pause to even the casual observer. We dig into the topic of scary knives, whether from horror movies or designed with specific scary intent. This one's a bit of a ramble that we recorded on Halloween. Do you have a favorite scary knife? If so, sound off on our Instagram @m ...…
 
The crew faces a challenge: What knife would you buy if you had $25 to spend? How about $100 or $300? We won't pretend our choices are the "best" for the money, but each has a reason why they were chosen. A fun episode for us and some choices you might not expect. Join us in our Facebook group "Mark of the Maker" and let us know what your picks ...…
 
In our second Minisode, Tom talks about the Crossada and how James Keating and his iconic fighting knife design have influenced his own work.By Mark of the Maker.
 
We are joined by collector and maker Andy Frankart for a discussion about knives, collecting, and his perspective as the maker of probably the hottest and most collectable non-knife EDC items out there. Andy shares insights with us about how he came into the knife community, some specifics of some great pieces in his own knife collection, and w ...…
 
In our first minisode, we explore influences. Sean dives into a savage scene from one of his favorite books and we talk about how the knife in this scene influenced his work at the time. We'll use these short minisodes to help fill in some gaps about influences and their role in forming a knifemaker and their aesthetic.…
 
We dive into the diverse and fascinating world of ethnic knives - knives and designs that come from specific regions or cultures around the world. We discuss the origins of these designs and how many of them influenced knives used to this day in both functional and fighting roles. Also discussed is the upcoming Gathering X show in Las Vegas. We ...…
 
Our friend and knifemaker Lucas Burnley joins us for a conversation about life, influences, knives and other projects like his immensely popular Cypop. We go pretty deep on this one and Lucas shares both insights on his creative process and how he works to keep his perspective fresh and skills sharp. You can find Lucas on Facebook at Burnley Kn ...…
 
The crew takes on a lengthy list of Q&A, submitted by both collector and knifemaker listeners. We discuss a wide variety of topics from design to motivation to professional courtesy, and a few stories about mishaps in the shop. If you'd like to add a question of your own for consideration in a future episode, join us in our Mark of the Maker Fa ...…
 
In our first Collector Spotlight episode, we sit down for a chat with Kevin Devitt. Those familiar with Kevin know that he has a collection of custom knives that is as diverse as it is deep. We talk about his collecting motivation and changes in the scene over time. Kevin shares some insights on a few special pieces in his collection that you w ...…
 
In our second history episode, we dig into the early days of Randall Made Knives and how they grew to be known as one of the premier knife companies in the world. We talk about the vision and legacy of W.D. "Bo" Randall, how his brand helped define and shape the knife industry, and about how Randall Made Knives have been favored by our armed fo ...…
 
The MotM team recaps Blade Show 2018 and some of the the changes to the show for this year - some that were good, and others not so good. We share some sounds from the floor of the biggest knife show of the year and some feedback we received about the podcast during the weekend. The crew discusses a few newer makers to watch, cool stuff we brou ...…
 
With Blade Show just around the corner, we decided to offer up an episode regarding knife show etiquette. Some of the tips are specific to Blade, but most are applicable to any knife show experience. We discuss prep, do's and don'ts, and some advice for both collectors and makers, whether veterans of the show scene or new folks to the fold.…
 
Have you ever watched a movie and noticed details like what knife the character was using or carrying? We sure do and this episode is focused on exactly that, a fun look at knives of the movies. The panel goes round-robin like we did with "Five Knives" and if you're a child of the action film genre, we probably end up talking about some of your ...…
 
Our panel of makers discusses pricing of custom knives and how those price structures have evolved over their careers so far. We touch on materials, design, complexity, technology, and how they all impact pricing. As always, there are differences and similarities - some of which aren't obvious until we dig into the topic in detail.…
 
Our friend Nick Rossi joins the show to share insights with us about bladesmithing, blacksmithing and his life. Nick is an ABS Journeyman and is working toward becoming a Mastersmith. We discuss his craft and his perspective, and learn how his inspiration sometimes comes from places you might not expect. Together we field a little more Q&A and ...…
 
This time, the crew enjoys a fun conversation where we each talk about "five knives" that we think are cool. Some are historically significant, others are grails, and many are just regular knives with personal meaning. Thanks to listener input, we take on a couple Q&A questions on cooking and advice for new makers, and reveal the subject of our ...…
 
Our first history episode focuses on a man who many consider The Father of Modern Custom Knives, the legendary and somewhat mysterious Bill Scagel. We discuss aspects of Scagel and his work that any maker or collector should understand, and why he is one of the most important and iconic figures of the knife world.…
 
Our last panel intro is with collector Mark Stheiner. Mark gives us some insight into his background and how he got into knife collecting. We discuss design, knife shows, the knife community, and a shared set of interests that brought us all to a similar place.By Mark of the Maker.
 
Our third knifemaker panel introduction digs into the life and background of Michael Burch. We learn about Michaels influences, what drives him to perfect his craft, and how his love for knives put him on a path to become a craftsman.By Mark of the Maker.
 
The second of our deeper knifemaker panel introductions is focused on Sean Kendrick. Sean shares his background, his long-running love for knives and how his family is not only supportive, but a part of his business. He pulls no punches and is eloquent and well-spoken (as always) in this lengthy conversation with Tom, Mark and Michael.…
 
The first in a series of deeper introductions, this episode focuses on knifemaker Tom Krein. We talk about life, family, knives and history with Tom, and in the end, we all come away knowing a bit more about Tom than we ever did before.By Mark of the Maker.
 
An introduction to the panel and a discussion about the intentions, goals and plans for the podcast. Some insights into what the makers have on their bench and what projects are coming up.By Mark of the Maker.
 
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