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Newish- My Hello Thread!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Dakota Willison, Mar 21, 2018.

  1. Dakota Willison

    Dakota Willison New Member

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    Hello everyone,
    My name is Dakota
    I am a self taught(with the help of some wonderful people online) knife maker.
    I specialize is Japanese inspired cutlery.
    I work out of my backyard, so my set up is small. Been slowly improving my skills and tools over the last year. First attempted making a knife about 2 years ago with just files and scrap steel from shortening some katanas I own.

    All my work gets posted on my instagram : https://www.instagram.com/willisonknives/

    Thanks for checking me out and having me!
     
  2. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Welcome to the forum, Dakota.
    Your stuff looks great. Nice to see some Japanese style blades. Looking forward to more.
     
  3. Dakota Willison

    Dakota Willison New Member

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    Thank you! I worked in kitchen for years, and it spark my interest in high end cutlery. Eventually started making my own. Theres a lot to know when it comes to japanese kitchen tools, I am constantly learning and know a decent amount, but far from knowing it all or even being a master.
     
  4. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Hi Dakota,

    Welcome to the forum. You're making some awesome knives there. I am a big fan of honesuki wa and k-tip gyuto wa, but I am not a purist in that I use stainless.

    What does the pineapple represent? Looks great!

    Dan
     
  5. Dakota Willison

    Dakota Willison New Member

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    Thanks! I am not a purist either in that I use north american steels. They do use vg10 and a couple other stainless steels but not very often in WA handles. I'm working on my first couple AEB-L right now. Won't be doing the hardening though as I am not equipped to do it right.

    The Pineapple doesn't have any real provenance other then I needed a logo idea and it came to mind. I guess it suits my style more then anything. Thanks for checking out my work.

    I have seen your blog before and IIRC it was where I learned more about 2x72s. Still need to figure out what I am doing in that regard. I would rather have one built for me, but I know I can make one for a lot cheaper. Just need to figure it out lol
     

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