The knives and swords from Professor's Forge are made with the utmost of skill, care, and attention. Blades are made with carbon steels, in geometry and heat treatment that is well-suited for the intended purpose. Even the blades that are primarily show pieces are carefully made tools. The most modern and complex piece of equipment in my shop is a digital heat treatment kiln, to guarantee that each blade is heat treated for optimal performance. Heat treatment is the soul of a blade. Here, I work to combine information from modern science with the handcraft techniques from our ancestors.
Thank you for coming to my website. Why is it that a professor (of Forensic Psychology) has dedicated himself to handcrafted and functional metal art? Well, I am also a displaced Texas farm boy. I grew up working with my hands and feeling a connection to the land and the world around me. That is something that many of us miss in this age of disposables, extruded plastics, and cheap sweatshop imports. Many long to return to a world where daily objects are made with attention to detail and dedication, where the craftsman and the user are both aware of the object as a sort of self-expression. My knives and swords are meant to be an heirloom item that shows the connection between artist/craftsman and user.
I have everything I use to make knives and swords fit into one bay of a two-car garage. This space requirement helps keep me to limited tooling. I see this as a challenge and a resource, because it forces me to learn to do many things with hand tools rather than machines. I do have a 2x72 belt grinder (from Riverside Machine), a forge, anvil, heat treatment kiln, a metal-cutting band saw, a benchtop wood cutting bandsaw, and an array of hammers, files, saws, rasps, chisels and punches.
Hand tools require slowing down, and they take quite a bit of skill to master. It is a long learning process, and it teaches respect for the materials, respect for craftsmen who have come before, and ultimately the making and appreciation of such objects teaches respect for life. It is in opposition to the hurried, mass produced, and disposable world we often live in. Our ancestors knew this... the little items of daily life should be made with attention and care because as a whole they help define our lives.